Pambazuka News 656: SPECIAL ISSUE: Race relations in Brazil: Speaking truth to whiteness
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- http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/country/brazil.htmlBrazil conjures up the misleading notion of being a racial democracy, yet its Afro-Brazilian population continues to experience overt and covert forms of racism. In this special two part issue of Pambazuka News we seek to speak truth to whiteness in Brazil which is symptomatic of a global white supremacist thinking, despite the fact that people of colour are the majority in the world
In the face of the psycho-social effects of racism
- http://english.sina.com/life/p/2011/1120/415923.htmlBlack women in Brazil are still the class with least access to social goods and services and are deeply affected by widespread exploitation, discrimination and social exclusion. Their struggles for a politicised and healthy black identity continue
From elitism to xenophobice racism
- http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2013/08/25/over-200-cuban-doctors-arrive-to-help-brazils-poor/The rejection of Cuban doctors upon their arrival by associating them with “slaves” and “domestic servants” reveals the racist and class-based imagery of Brazilian “medical Whiteness”. A national debate is needed to change this pernicious perception of the black person
- http://institutodepesquisadasculturasnegras.blogspot.com/2010/07/ba-trofeu-edialeda-salgado.htmlBrazilian authorities have only recently embarked on affirmative measures to redress many years of racist policies that led to limited access to jobs by the country’s large black population. Whether these initiatives will succeed remains to be seen
- http://teatropopularsolanotrindade.blogspot.com/‘Africa has taught us that songs, music, dance and visual arts are all intertwined. We have learned from Africa that laughs, tears, sweat, aroma, odor, panting, languor and all other senses are part of daily life.’
- http://www.zimdaily.com/zimnews/alfonso-dhlakama-back-in-the-bushThe former rebel movement has renounced the peace deal it signed to end the war in 1992 and has issued a raft of demands to the government, raising fears of resumption of the war. But RENAMO’s problem is its failure to transofrm from a rebel group to a regular political party. FRELIMO is also to blame
- http://blogs.mediapart.fr/blog/bruno-jaffre/141013/il-y-26-ans-thomas-sankara-etait-assassine-des-circonstances-eclaircir-une-popularite-toujours-cro26 years ago Thomas Sankara was assassinated. The circumstances are yet to be clarified ... But he enjoys ever growing popularity
- http://africanurbanism.net/2013/11/05/accra-marching-against-monsanto/Racist stigmatization of Africa as a backward land in need of external intervention for its salvation is the justification for the slave trade, colonialism and neo-colonialism. But many Africans today appear to be complacent about this. The war against imperialism is no yet won
A new six-part video series from WITNESS - http://www.witness.org provides practical tips and insight from activists, survivors and experts on interviewing techniques, creating appropriate questions, safety and security, and the effects of trauma on survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. The video series accompanies our written guide on Conducting Safe, Effective and Ethical Interviews with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. - http://http://witness.org/downloads/conducting-safe-effective-and-ethical-interviews-survivors-sexual-and-gender-based-violenc
Discourses on climate change and sustainable development in Africa have been hijacked with terminology such as ‘mitigation’ and ‘adaptation’ that need to be questioned
There is no dispute that this planet is undergoing climate change; indeed, throughout history, this planet has suffered much more serious climatic assaults on its surface and its inhabitants. The science, however, is confused by the allegation that there is GLOBAL warming.
The much-hyped defeat of the M23 rebels in eastern Congo means little, unless firm action is taken to deter Rwanda and Uganda, both US allies, from destabilizing of the country.
Despite South Africa’s liberal constitution, gay refugees and asylum seekers face widespread xenophobia and homophobia that does not allow them to seek stable employment nor receive legal redress when discriminated against
A genuine national conference to discuss how to move Nigeria forward is not a silver bullet, but it must also tackle the structures that allow for corruption, abuse of office and impunity to thrive in Nigeria
In the undemocratic state of Swaziland, House of Our Pride (HOOP), an organisation fighting for the rights of Swazi Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people are also ensuring day-to-day care and survival, medical and otherwise, for LGBT people
I wish I could talk to you in languages
Touch you in Wolof
Kiss your body in Lingala
Love you in Bambara
I wish I could talk to you in my own voices
And with my music
Those sounds which burn in our soul
So, smiling in Chokwe
Play with you in Swahili
I dream of venting my being
In Fula, Mandang
And after that, loose myself in the between, in your Yoruba
Remember in Umbundo
Come in Kimbundo
But, oh no, I only speak Portuguese
And the post-colonial conditions
Which language to speak?
Which chant to sing?
Can silence translate it?
Can space contain it?
*Translated from Portuguese by Alyxandra Gomes
A review of 'Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya', by Horace Campbell. Monthly Review Press. £10.50 (paperback)
There is almost universal confusion, even ignorance, over the true nature of the NATO intervention in Libya two years ago, carried out in the name of protecting the people against their own government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
- http://careers.amnesty.orgFor 50 years, we’ve been campaigning for human rights wherever justice, freedom and truth are denied. We’ve reshaped policies, challenged governments and taken corporations to task. In doing so, we’ve changed thousands of lives for the better. Join Amnesty at our new Secretariat office in Johannesburg and you will too.
Pambazuka News seeks to commemorate 41 years since the death of this important African political thinker. The Editors invite articles for a special issue on his life and work
‘Emerging regional powers’ in the South have produced powerful finance capitalists such as the Egyptian firm, Citadel Capital that is buying land, rights to water and precious metals. Allied with global governance institutions, such finance capitalists represent greater control over vital resources and distribution routes for private wealth accumulation