PAMBAZUKA NEWS 201: Zimbabwe: Elections, despondency and civil society's responsibility

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has amended the Constitution to allow for multi-party elections in September. Mubarak’s firm grip on power, however, means that he is unlikely to face a serious challenge. Rather, writes Joel Beinin, the future of Egyptian politics will depend on whether popular political initiatives are capable of building a social movement for change.

President Husni Mubarak’s unexpected announcement that Article 76 of the Egyptian constitution will be amended to more

Over 70 representatives of African Civil Society Organisations drawn from over 20 countries meeting in Nairobi to consult on the Global Call Against Poverty (GCAP) have issued an ultimatum to the G8 and will organize simultaneous demonstrations of solidarity and protest across Africa on July 1 if significant movement on Africa's debt is not made at the World Bank and IMF spring meetings in April.

This ultimatum comes ahead of the meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary more

Zimbabwe is not the only country in Africa where the issue of land is of crucial importance. Across Africa, conflicts over land have been at the heart of centuries-old political struggles. In Kenya, resistance against colonial rule was crystallised through struggles over land, writes Odenda Lumumba. The Giriama, the Maasai, the Kikuyu, the Nandi and the Luhya and Pokot reacted violently to colonial land dispossessions and the struggle over land continues to this day.

The manner in more

Tajudeen Abdul Raheem says the appointment of Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathai to the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union represents a dangerous conflict of interest as she is already a Kenyan government minister. Wangari should either quit as a government minister or reject the ECOSOCC position, he argues.

Many of us who are optimistic about the African Union do so not because of some naïve utopianism that ignores both the objective and subjective more

The Geneva Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) produced a political declaration and action plan which was adopted by all governments and intended to guide the Tunis 'implementation' phase of the WSIS. However, governments were unable to reach consensus on two issues - both controversial, both complex and highly political, both finding governments from developed and developing countries positioned roughly, in opposing camps - the issues of 'financing mechanisms' (to more