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Monday, July 23, 2018

CONTENTS: 1. Features  2. Announcements


Communal land and chieftaincy: the scapegoat for land reform in South Africa

Essy Letsoalo

The author argues that the focus on land and traditional leadership in the current debate about land reform is used to avoid the real issues of unequal racial land distribution, which is the essence of the apartheid regime’s discrimination policies. 


Now, Nicaragua

Farooque Chowdhury

It is now Nicaragua. Rightists-induced extremist violence and death, armed gangs-triggered bloody strikes, and imperialism-imposed sanctions have gripped Nicaragua for months. All of these are part of imperialist intervention in the Latin American country defying the world imperialism. Imperialist intervention is an already-turned-old game currently going on in a number of countries. 

Pan-Africanists meet in Accra to discuss strategies for uniting Africa

Zaya Yeebo

In September 2018, leading pan-Africanists will gather in Accra, Ghana to celebrate the birthday of Osagyefo Doctor Kwame Nkrumah and to discuss ways of pushing the “Africa Must Unite” agenda. 


Assessing the 31st ordinary African Union summit in Mauritania

Abayomi Azikiwe

Contradictions between regional security and imperialist interventions marked the recently concluded ordinary African Union summit. 



Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani on her slave-trading grandfather

Biko Agozino

Adaobi Nwaubani narrates in the NewYorker the fact that there is hurt in every family that is self-inflicted. Having the humility to confess past wrongs and ask for forgiveness is part of the healing. Having the courage to forgive those who wronged you frees you from the resentment, which Mandela called a poison that you take and hope that it kills your enemy. 


There will be no kings in Nigeria: ending monarchies to unite our republic

Olurotimi Osha

The time has come for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which has the most monarchies in the world, to abolish its dated system of tribal kings. Nigerian citizens should not have their loyalties divided by anachronistic and irrelevant kings created by colonisers for the benefit of colonialism.


How Harry Potter made imbeciles out of an entire generation

Prakash Kona

The last 20 years is globally the Harry Potter generation—a generation that has made a philosophy of life out of wishful thinking; the narcissism of the young stemming from a class that can afford and choose to remain imbeciles, we owe it to Harry Potter novels and films among other things. 


Further notes on political alliances in Nigeria

Edwin Madunagu

The article provides historical illustrations on the current political alliances in Nigeria. 



The anticipated 2018 elections in Madagascar, poisoned chalice

Frank Lekaba

This article is a situational analysis of the current political environment in Madagascar prior to the November 2018 general elections. 



Zambia: the benefits of trade

Henry Kyambalesa

The author discusses about trade and aid in Africa demonstrating that the two can complete each other when there is good governance. 



Gabonese and Sudanese leaders received by Putin in Russia

Kester Kenn Klomegah

On 14 July 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly received two African leaders, Gabonese Ali Bongo Ondimba and Sudanese Omar al-Bashir, within the framework of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 



Mnangagwa accepts that women should not lead!

Tendai Ruben Mbofana

To say that I was shocked to read in the media that Zimbabwe president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa – during his recent visit to the Johane Masowe Apostolic sect – accepted their declaration that women should not lead, would be a grave understatement, but, rather I was dumbfounded – such comments are not to be expected of a leader of a modern society in the 21st century.



Pambazuka News Mid-year Break

Pambazuka News Editors

Pambazuka News will be on a two-week mid-year break starting from Monday 23 July 2018. The next issue will come out on Thursday 9 August 2018. We thank you for your continue support. 


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