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1. Pambazuka News 619: International Women's Day, mourning

Chavez and China in Africa (Pambazuka Editor)





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PAMBAZUKA NEWS 619: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, MOURNING CHAVEZ AND

CHINA IN AFRICA



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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839



CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4.

Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Letters & Opinions, 6. Jobs





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1 Features



ONE BILLION WOMEN AND MEN RISING...

For a better world

Ama Biney



In honour of International Women' Day (8 March), a global examination

of the problems and issues facing women in the last few years is

presented. In order for these issues to be eradicated, progressive

women need to work alongside progressive men for a better world

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86501

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THE HIDDEN CRISIS: WOMEN, SOCIAL REPRODUCTION AND THE POLITICAL

ECONOMY OF CARE IN AFRICA

Zo Randriamaro



The political economy of care centres on the unpaid work of African

women in socially reproducing workers as well as caring for the sick

in society. Social mobilization and policy actions to overcome the

crisis of reproduction is necessary to address this unpaid work that

is vital for the perpetuation of neoliberal capitalism.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86492

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AFRICAN WOMEN HOLDING ENVIABLE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Roland Bankole Marke



In honor of International Women's Day the achievements of some

remarkable African women in politics, business and literature are

celebrated in defiance of the stereotypical depictions of African

women

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86493

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A DEFINING MOMENT FOR SOUTH AFRICA

The Oscar Pistorious case

Awino Okech



Through the legal case of Oscar Pistorious there is a powerful and

dangerous interplay of race, class and gender. It is time that all

crimes against women are dealt the seriousness they deserve.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86491

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DEEPER ISSUES IN VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Nidhi Tandon



Victim protection is a critical response measure, but women need to

address systemic issues. They need to challenge systems that undermine

their ability to participate in decision making and their control over

resources

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86496

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REMINISCENCES OF PHYLLIE

Michael Neocosmos



Phyllis Naidoo (January 5, 1928 - Feb 13, 2013) was an extra-ordinary

South African freedom fighter for whom politics meant total commitment

to humanity. After ANC came to power she was deeply disappointed by

betrayal of the struggle

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86498

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COMRADE CHAVEZ WON'T GO

Farooque Chowdhury



The death of President Chavez is a big loss not only to Venezuelans

but also to everyone who believes in the essential struggle to create

a just society for all. But his revolution, 21st century socialism as

he called it, will live on

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86487

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CHINA IN AFRICA: 'IMPERIAL POWER' OR 'ALTRUIST'?

Babette Zoumara



Contrary to the claims of critics, China's partnership with Africa is

based on sincere friendship, equality and mutual respect for the

sovereignty through non-interference in domestic affairs and the offer

of loans and grants

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86485

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MAKING A BAD CASE WORSE

A response to Human Rights Watch's update on Chinese copper mining in Zambia

Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong



'Rather than conduct a genuine comparative study, HRW sees what it

wants to see and thus again fosters the entirely predictable result of

feeding anti-Chinese sentiment in Zambia'

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86497

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OBAMA OFFICIAL GIVES INSIGHTS ON US CONGO POLICY

Kambale Musavuli



The US insists on greater attention and response to the crisis in the

DRC. However, it appears that the Obama administration continues to

operate on the notion that 'quiet diplomacy' is the best way forward

when it comes to holding its allies Rwanda and Uganda accountable for

their role in destabilizing the country

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86489

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SIERRA LEONE: DEMOCRACY WITHOUT OPPOSITION

Sankara Kamara



With a toothless official opposition, Sierra Leone seems to be slowly

slipping back into a one-party state. President Koroma hasn't locked

up his critics, but he is adept at undermining democracy by

cannibalizing the opposition through state-induced defections

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86500

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CLEAN SLATE IDEOLOGY AND AFRICA'S CIRCULAR POLITICS

Messay Kebede



Following the deeply destructive experience of colonialism, Africans

must rethink their approach to modernization. Notably, they must

engage in a serious critical review of the prevailing colonial model

and creatively find grassroots forms of modernization

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86499

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2 Announcements



OXFORD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES



The University of Oxford is pleased to announce five scholarships for

candidates from developing African Commonwealth countries to study for

the part-time Masters in International Human Rights Law, starting

September 2013.



The scholarships are jointly funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship

Commission and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and

provide course and college fees over two years, return air travel from

the scholar's home country and a stipend to cover living costs.



For further information, please visit our website (

http://humanrightslaw.conted.ox.ac.uk/MStIHRL/index.php ) and choose

Fees and Funding for details of the scholarships.

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3 Comment & analysis



CARTER G. WOODSON, THE OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY INC., AND THE MAKING

OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Judson L. Jeffries



While Woodson is the Father of Black History, he is not the 'founder'

of Black History Month per se. That distinction belongs to The Omega

Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86503

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MANGALISO SOBUKWE: THE LESSONS OF HIS LIFE

Veli Mbele



Sobukwe was an indefatigable Pan-Africanist, theoretician and

revolutionary humanist who selflessly dedicated his life to one thing

only -- the liberation of humanity and, in particular, the liberation

of black people

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86502

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TOWARDS CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM IN LIBERIA

Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei



A new constitution that sets and sustains a foundation for democratic

governance and provides for a balanced distribution of power is the

solution to the governance and developmental challenges of the

Liberian state

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86504

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4 Advocacy & campaigns



A PETITION TO LEADERS, POLICE AND CITIZENS

It is everyone's responsiblity to condemn and stop rape

Center for Domestic Violence Prevention



Although Ugandan laws are clear that everyone has a right to dignity

and safety, increasing numbers of rape and defilement are being

reported

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/86506

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

A call to end violence against women and children

African Monitor



Archbishop Ndungane urges particularly men and boys to say enough is

enough, and to give dignity back to South Africa's women and girls

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/86505

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FIGHTING FORCED REPARTRIATION

Callixte M Kavuro



Rwandan refugees in South Africa make a presentation on cessation

clause to the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/86509

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SUDAN: THE DEADLY SILENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Osman Naway



The regime in Khartoum is killing its own people through bombardment,

starvation, detention and torture. Someone needs to stop this tragedy,

now.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/86508

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THE AUTHORITY TO RAPE?

Laila Ali



'I've interviewed too many women who live in constant fear of getting

shot or raped, often by the very people charged with protecting them'

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/86507

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5 Letters & Opinions



BRITISH EX-PM BLAIR'S CAMPAIGN FOR RWANDA

Theogene Rudasingwa



'The pretense that everyone is wrong about Rwanda's involvement with

M23 except President Kagame, Tony Blair and Howard Buffet is in itself

a symptom of the corrupting power of money and unchallenged political

influence'

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/letters/86510

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6 Jobs



JOB ADVERT: CAMPAIGNER - NORTH AFRICA

Amnesty International



( http://careers.amnesty.org ) We're looking for a Campaigner to

contribute to our campaign against human rights violations in North

Africa. Working at the International Secretariat, you will contribute

to a range of projects, including Amnesty International's response to

the momentous changes in North Africa witnessed in 2011 and 2012. You

will act as a focal point, providing advice and support to our

worldwide membership, including devising campaigning strategies,

preparing written and other campaigning materials and providing

research support.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/86480

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