Pambazuka News 501: Integration or federation? Towards political unity for Africa

In honour of its 10th anniversary and 500th issue, Pambazuka News was thrilled with web technology blog profile on our publication this week. A widely read site, ReadWriteWeb notes Pambazuka 'is an African website devoted to African news and analysis run by Africans' as part of 'a large, vibrant community of citizen journalists reporting the news from a pan-African point of view and with a focus on social justice'.

The Conference of the Democratic Left in the Western Cape reiterates its support for the period of action called in October by Abahlali baseMjondolo in the Western Cape in protest at the lack of housing and service delivery. In contrast to others, we regard the tactic of direct action and civil disobedience as legitimate forms of protest under a neo-liberal and pro-capitalist state.

Neal Hall’s recently published anthology of verse ‘Nigger For Life’ reflects his painful, later-life discovery that in ‘unspoken America’, ‘race is the yardstick by which he is “first” measured and judged’, writes Caribbean Book Blog, revealing ‘his deep sense of betrayal combined with his fervent passion for life and his desire for equality for all.’ Caribbean Book Blog speaks to Hall about his writing.

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Perspectives on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Tanzania’s forthcoming election and a new report accusing British banks of complicity in Nigerian corruption are among the topics in this week’s round-up of the African blogosphere, by Dibussi Tande.


In a message commemorating the death of Thomas Sankara on 15 October 1987, Mariam Sankara calls on the people to continue the struggle not only for justice for Thomas Sankara, but also for Africa.