Peter Kenworthy

The new book are many more or less thinly veiled criticisms of the fictional Soshangane society - and by extension Swaziland - and the absolute monarchy that controls everything from the economy to the definition of culture

In the undemocratic state of Swaziland, House of Our Pride (HOOP), an organisation fighting for the rights of Swazi Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people are also ensuring day-to-day care and survival, medical and otherwise, for LGBT people


The soft drinks manufacturing multi-national bowed to pressure after hundreds of thousands of people appended their signatures to a campaign by Oxfam demanding that Coca-Cola cut links with companies supplying it with sugar from cane grown on grabbed lands

Political parties do not take part in elections, only individuals do. And they are not allowed to campaign. It is a farce

There is likely to be a crackdown on NGOs and movements ahead of the election. Political parties are illegal in Swaziland

The youth describe the upcoming elections as undemocratic and meaningless because they will simply consolidate the monarch’s absolute power


Living conditions in the camps have worsened over the years and Saharawis believe this is part of the strategy by Morocco to push the people in the illegally occupied territory into submission.

A recent survey carried out by Polisario’s youth wing found that over 85 per cent of the young Saharawis polled were in favour of ending the current ceasefire with Morocco and returning to war.


Swaziland’s democratic movement remains defiant and resolute in the face of police intimidation and brutality.


According to international law, it is illegal to trade or dispose of resources in occupied Western Sahara without the consent of Western Sahara’s indigenous population who also have to benefit from any such dealings.