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

Global Knowledge Partnership, OneWorld Africa and the Open Knowledge Network (OKN) have announced the Africa category winner of the inaugural Yeomans Award for Local Content as The Southern Africa Drought Technology Network (Sadnet), Zimbabwe. ( Sadnet is a project of the Southern Alliance For Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE) and seeks to establish an information network that links sources of agricultural technical and marketing more

Around the world representative democracy is no longer the agency of popular will. In the US, elections are controlled by big money. In developing countries, the undemocratic imposition of neo-liberal economic policies has forced governments to dismantle basic services like health and education. But Porto Alegre presents an apparent alternative to the world. With its experiment in participative budgetmaking over the past decade, this city has institutionalised the direct democratic more

In August 1993, Fulbright scholar Amy Biehl was killed in Cape Town by a group of black youths incited by an upsurge of ´anti–white´ sloganeering. Mother to Mother was provoked by that tragedy. The killer´s mother addresses the mother of the victim and tries, through speaking to her pain, to gain an understanding of her son by recalling both his life and hers within a world of apartheid. The graphic account of life and culture in a black township is both poignant and at the same time, in more

The General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) has launched a nationwide campaign to organise women, the priority target group being women in the textile sector. Alongside this organising drive, the UGTA is also leading a campaign against sexual harassment and a campaign for the revision of Algeria's family code, as executive member Souad Charid explains.

What are the sources of 700,000 dead in AIDS yearly in Zimbabwe? I´m referring to article by N. Reynolds (Pambazuka News 200, Letters)

Norman Reynolds responds: The death figure is correct for that year. It comes from an MDC paper written by Eddie Cross in July 2002. He, in fact, predicted that in 2003 one million would die of AIDS given the sharp turn down of the economy, hunger and the already high infection rate. Of these, 750,000 deaths were easily prevented in a normal country. more