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    Pambazuka News 707:Thugs in power, poverty and Pope Francis
    Updated: 19 min 19 sec ago

    Saving the ICC from African thugtators

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 - an African president accused of multiple crimes against humanity walks out of court by orchestrating an unprecedented and audacious obstruction of justice, it is not just a flagrant denial of justice to the thousands of victims. It is an outrage against all humanity. It is an affront to the rule of law. It is the triumph of injustice.

    Kenya Security Bill tramples on basic rights

    19 min 19 sec ago
    Lawmakers should reject amendments 2014-12-18 - hastily drafted security bill infringes on many basic rights and freedoms protected in Kenya’s constitution and international human rights law. The authorities need to focus on how Kenyan security agencies have long violated human rights with impunity, and not empower these forces further.

    An advisory on the Security Laws (Ammendment) Bill 2004

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 - Kenya government is pushing a raft of changes to security laws that if enacted would return the country to the dark days of dictatorship. An analysis of the Bill by the country’s statutory human rights body reveals that the proposed changes are momentous and seek to amend the Bill of Rights without a referendum and fundamentally alter the principles of criminal justice.

    The government knows best

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 -, barely four years after it was inaugurated with much pomp and ceremony, Kenya’s new constitution is being undone. The Security Amendment Bill introduced in Parliament last week portends the return of the all-powerful, unchecked executive and its intrusion into almost every facet of Kenyans’ lives.

    Do you know it's Christmas?

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 - Bob Geldof, this is 2014. Your time is up. Go away. Africa does not need stereotype-spewing, self-serving White saviours.

    All that glitters is not gold

    19 min 19 sec ago
    The Rusty Radiator Awards have a bitter aftertaste 2014-12-18 - While campaigns such as the Golden and Rusty Radiator Awards raise awareness of Western development organizations’ unjust views of the global South, they do not go far enough. Critiques of cliché media representation must be coupled with critiques of fundamentally unbalanced power structures.

    The pope and poverty

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 - Regardless of one’s religious persuasions, Pope Francis’ views on poverty are quite progressive. He insists that as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems. Inequality is the root of social ills.

    Lewis Hamilton: A study in courage presiding over a race to the real end

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 - Hamilton is a brilliant racer and a bona fide daredevil, already a legend. But in a world where so many people live in darkness starved of fuel, and oil extraction has caused so much suffering to communities, global warming and environmental activists must question motor sports: the misuse of fuel for the sole purpose of going fast.

    Agricultural international cooperation in Africa

    19 min 19 sec ago
    Opportunities and challenges for inclusive growth and sustainable development 2014-12-18 - The narrative of“Africa is rising” has been echoing all over the world. A high-level international conference in China discussed what that really means and the role of agriculture and foreign stakeholders to create sustainable development that serves the African people.

    Call for papers: Towards the 8th Pan African Congress

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 The 8th Pan African Congress has been rescheduled to March 2015. Writers, researchers, academics and everyone else interested are invited to send in articles covering a broad range of themes.

    ‘Public security’ means the president’s misuse of power to violate rights and entrench sectarian rule

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 There is no doubt in Kenya that the Jubilee Administration is hell-bent on eroding the democratic gains achieved in the country through many years of blood and tears. Uhuru Kenyatta must not be allowed to establish a new dictatorship.

    Security laws (Amendment) Bill 2014

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 The proposed Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 offends the constitution of Kenya 2010 by undermining the sovereignty of the people, the supremacy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    Salt imports from Western Sahara rejected due to human rights violations

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 A Norwegian state owned engineering company earlier this year chose to reject a deal for salt from Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara because they found that it would be in violation of their human rights standards. But a Danish company is doing the opposite.

    Rev Edward Pinkney sentenced to two-and-a-half to 10 years

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 Civil Rights leader Rev Edward Pinkney has been sentenced to 30 – 120 months in prison for forging a successful recall petition against Mayor James Hightower. He maintains his innocence in the face of a conviction based on flimsy evidence. The conviction – delivered within a context of heightened anti-racist and anti-capitalist struggle in the US – is seen by many as politically motivated.

    A tribute to Ali Mazrui

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 What was Prof Mazrui’s most favorite quote? It was from a book by his mentor at Oxford, John Plamenatz: “The sins of the powerful acquire some of the prestige of power.”

    A call for peace in South Sudan

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 Civil society groups across the Great Lakes & Horn of Africa regions have called on governments to acknowledge the outcry of South Sudanese people and engage in serious peace negotiations instead of stalling tactics while searching for military victory.

    Unconditional release of human rights defenders arrested in peaceful demonstration

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 At least eight human rights defenders were brutally arrested and assaulted on 18 December 2014 in Nairobi during a peaceful demonstration against the Security Law (Amendment) Bill.

    A review: 'The Implosion of Contemporary Capitalism' and ‘Three Essays on Marx’s Value Theory’

    19 min 19 sec ago
    Published by Monthly Review Press, 2013 2014-12-18 Want political economy that soberly unpacks power and wealth? Read two recent books by Samir Amin who defines the system’s current stage as “generalized-monopoly capitalism.” His study of it reveals what standard economics conceals and distorts.

    Introducing the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature

    19 min 19 sec ago
    2014-12-18 The new $15,000 literary prize will be awarded to the best Kiswahili unpublished manuscripts or books published within two years of the award year across the categories of fiction/short fiction collection, poetry and memoir and graphic novels.

    Violence against women: We must end this scourge

    Thu, 12/18/2014 - 09:10
    2014-12-11 - Ethiopia, as in many other countries, violence against women is ingrained in the social fabric. Civil society, governments, and citizens must work together to raise awareness and eradicate sexism and rape culture.
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