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Thursday, September 22, 2016

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2Advocacy & Campaigns,  3Announcement


Uganda: A brilliant genocide

Ann Garrison

The new film, “A Brilliant Genocide”, tells the story of the largely unacknowledged Acholi Genocide that President Yoweri Museveni committed against the Acholi people for 20 years from 1986 to 2006. Museveni’s troops drove nearly two million Acholis, 90% of the population, into concentration camps. In all that time, the Ugandan military machine continued to be financed by the US.


Canada’s hand in the bloodbaths of Africa

Yves Engler

Last month Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan undertook a weeklong five-nation tour ostensibly to "strengthen relationships with African partners." A notable figure on that trip was General Romeo Dallaire, a close ally of the “Butcher of the Great Lakes”, Rwanda's Paul Kagame. Loud expressions of Canada’s benevolence to Africa hide Ottawa’s chequered history of self-serving policies - often with bloody consequences - presented as altruism.


Speaking truth to power: The killing of Dag Hammarskjöld and the cover-up

Henning Melber and Susan Williams

For decades, the former colonial powers have written the history of the night in which the second UN Secretary-General and his companions died in a plane crash in Zambia. But a new history is about to be written if the recent momentum to find the full truth is anything to go by.


Militarising game parks and marketing wildlife are unsustainable strategies

Libby Lunstrum and Patrick Bond

In the pursuit of conservation, Southern Africa is witnessing platoons of soldiers and paramilitary-trained rangers. New technologies including drones and military-grade helicopters along with partnerships with military firms are all entering the region’s parklands, ostensibly to save them. Though many poachers are armed and dangerous, green militarisation is short-sighted and has long-term implications.


The nuclear killer lurking in our midst

Gerard Boyce

South Africa’s nuclear programme will be a disaster. Besides the fallouts being witnessed in the jostling for gains by greedy politicians, the project is likely to gobble up huge amounts of public funds that will be difficult to account for as the government will cite national security concerns of nuclear power, thereby curtailing citizens’ right to accountability.


Somaliland’s sovereignty: Why Woodward is wrong

Ahmed M.I. Egal

With all due respect to Professor Woodward, one must conclude that he contributes little to a learned examination of the “secessions” of Eritrea and South Sudan, while his admonitions for caution on Somaliland’s quest for international recognition of its sovereignty are based upon little or no knowledge of the country’s history, the merits of its case or its achievements during the last quarter century. 



Haiti is more African than many countries in Africa

Hebert Ekwe-Ekwe

In May, Nigeria played a key role to block African Union membership for Haiti. What a shame! The first African republic established by slaves in 1804, Haiti is 95 per cent Black. With its illustrious history, Haiti will surely play a more prominent role in a future African world organisation of peoples and states – not the currently constricted and contrived AU.


Towards Phase II of the 8th Pan African Congress

A background briefing document

Ikaweba Bunting

The International Preparatory Committee considered the historical precedent set by various PACs and in particular the 2nd PAC that was held in phases. Subsequently the meeting unanimously agreed to follow the historical precedent of the 2ndPAC of 1921 that took place in phases in different cities including London, Brussels and Paris and organize the 8thPan African Congress in a two-phase process. Phase I was the meeting convened in Ghana, March 2015. Phase II, earlier set for not later than May 2016, will now be convened in June/August 2017.


Non-Aligned Movement holds 17th Summit as global crisis of capitalism worsens

Former colonial states declare their opposition to unilateralism and militarism

Abayomi Azikiwe

A myriad of issues was addressed at the NAM Summit including climate change, sustainable economic development, the reform of the UN Security Council, human rights, unilateral sanctions, peacekeeping missions, religious tolerance, international solidarity, South-South cooperation, the role of youth, gender equality and the need for new world communications and information order.

Declaration of the 17th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non- Aligned Movement

Island of Margarita, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 13 - 18 September 2016

Non-Aligned Movement

Founded in 1961 during the Cold War as a bloc bringing together nations that neither supported nor opposed the big powers, the Non-Aligned Movement has some 120 member-states mostly in the Global South but only a handful sent representatives to the latest Summit. The low turn out and absence of NAM’s voice in international affairs have led to calls for the re-evaluation of the movement’s relevance in today’s world.


Haul all land grabbers, polluters and resource thieves to The Hague

Cameron Duodu

The ICC has taken a new step that could redeem its damaged image and endear it to progressive people in Africa and all the developing world. The court has announced that henceforth it will be investigating with a view to prosecuting crimes that result in the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources and  illegal dispossession of land.


Why societies must protect children if they want fewer criminals

Chandre Gould

The men I interviewed had been jailed for multiple violent offences. They came from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and different areas in the country. In all cases their criminal behaviour was clearly linked to multiple adversity from early in their lives.


Advocacy and Campaigns

Pardoning Marcus Garvey: Sign Petition


Marcus Garvey should be posthumously pardoned for his wrongful conviction for use of the mails in furtherance of a scheme to defraud. During a time when Blacks were seen as second class citizens, Garvey led a mass movement to elevate the Black community through economic empowerment and independence. He was convicted after being targeted by J. Edgar Hoover and deprived of a fair trial. Go to:



Pambazuka Special Issue: Call for Articles

The Labour Movement in Africa - Prospects and Challenges

The Editors

Pambazuka News is preparing a Special Issue on the labour movement and the struggles for Africa's liberation today. The Editors invite articles that examine the movement’s mission beyond agitation for worker rights towards the bigger project of concrete self-determination of the African people.




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Henry Makori and Tidiane Kasse - Editors, Pambazuka News

Yves Niyiragira - Executive Director, Fahamu


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