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1. Pambazuka News 621: Issues in Kenyan election, Benin's looted

bronzes and Western Sahara (Pambazuka Editor)





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PAMBAZUKA NEWS 621: ISSUES IN KENYAN ELECTION, BENIN'S LOOTED BRONZES

AND WESTERN SAHARA



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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839



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

Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Books & arts, 6. Jobs





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Highlights from this issue



Dear Reader



In this issue we have three articles on Western Sahara. One,

'Securitization or Terrorization?' by Jacob Mundy, should have

appeared in the Special Issue 618. The other two, 'A violence that

goes unnamed' by Vivian Solana and 'Democratic experiments in exile'

by Alice Wilson, are corrected versions of articles we already carried

in that issue.



We are sorry for any inconvenience to the authors and you, the reader.



EDITORS





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1 Features



ELECTORAL FRAUD AND DEMOCRATIC STRUGGLES IN KENYA

Lessons from 2013 electoral process

Horace Campbell



Unlike the elections of 2007, the recent elections in Kenya avoided

massive bloodshed and gave victory to the Jubilee Coalition. An

analysis of the significance of the elections is given and it is

argued that political power cannot be monopolized by one section of

the capitalist class

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86578

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UN RESOLUTION 2093 ENDORSES STATE BUILDING MISSION FOR SOMALIA

Mohamud Uluso



The UN Security Council Resolution 2093 adopted in Somalia on 6 March

2013 is critically examined for its achievements, opportunities and

the challenges that remain for nation building to gain permanence in

the country

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86577

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BENIN PLAN OF ACTION

Will this miserable project be the last word on the looted Benin artefacts?

Kwame Opoku



The Benin Plan of Action is no plan of action and does not deal with

restitution of the looted Benin bronzes. After 50 years Africans must

demand a concrete time frame within which the artefacts are to be

returned as a condition for participating in future meetings

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86572

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SECURITIZATION OR TERRORIZATION?

US counterterrorism policy and the crisis in the Sahara-Sahel

Jacob Mundy



In a number of ways, the American counterterrorism doctrine, which is

a part of a long-time transnational destabilization of the

Sahara-Sahel, has helped create the current conflict in the region

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86564

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A VIOLENCE THAT GOES UNNAMED

Vivian Solana



The conflict in the Western Sahara is inadequately represented by

terms such as ?stagnated?, ?frozen? and ?locked?, which contribute to

obscure the reality that this conflict represents the continuation of

French, US and Spanish colonial practices in Africa.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86581

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DEMOCRATIC EXPERIMENTS IN EXILE

Alice Wilson



When refugees turn out to vote and when they raise their voices in

participatory meetings or in their homes to criticise their

government, they show how much they value the possibility for

democratic participation.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86580

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2 Announcements



MARCH 2013 ISSUE OF THE FAHAMU REFUGEE LEGAL AID NEWSLETTER



The March 2013 issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now

available: http://frlan.tumblr.com Please help us distribute it, and

consider contributing in the future. You can also like our Facebook

page, and follow us on Twitter!

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/86579

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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.mm

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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



THE MONSTERS UNDER THE HOUSE

Patrick Gathara



Kenyans turned out in historic numbers to vote in the recent election.

Although there was no violence as had been feared, the exercise was no

evidence of a self-confident and mature society. It was dominated by

deep fear and mistrust.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86566

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HUGO CH?VEZ: NEW WORLD RISING

Glen Ford



The great Bolivarian is gone ? which means the U.S. will soon escalate

its destabilization campaign against his country. ?Washington hopes

that Venezuelan socialism cannot survive without Ch?vez.? But the U.S.

cannot roll back the movement that Ch?vez did so much to ignite, ?the

dark awakening in the barrios, favelas, rural villages and native

highlands of the continent.?

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TAKING FORWARD THE REVOLUTIONARY LIFE AND SYMBOLISM OF HUGO RAFAEL CH?VEZ FR?AS

Democratic Left Front



?Ch?vez holds a useful mirror against which to assess the extent to

which the ANC, the South African Communist Party and other African

national liberation movements have long abandoned any hope, belief in,

and commitment to socialism given their active political agency to

maintain and reproduce capitalism?

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86573

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CH?VEZ AND NONVIOLENCE

Onwubiko Agozino



Hugo Chavez may have helped to inspire social democratic revolutions

across South America in preference to the fruitless decades of violent

armed struggles

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86575

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AFTER 2015, THEN WHAT?

Africa?s development agenda in post-MDGs

Chika Ezeanya



In view of the under-achievement record of the Millennium Development

Goals (MDGs), global policy makers have set out on a search for a more

veritable replacement ahead of its 2015 expiration date

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86585

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HAS THE LGBT MOVEMENT FAILED IN UGANDA?

Doreen Lwanga



Rather than continuing to operate on an exclusive basis, the LGBT

movement in Uganda should strive to nurture a multivariate movement

for social justice, creating a multi-normative society for their

safety and the peaceful coexistence of future generations

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86584

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FOOD AND POLITICS IN AFRICA

Ng'ang'a wa Muchiri



There are many interesting metaphors of food in the African political

discourse to express the changing dynamics of power

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/86567

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4 Advocacy & campaigns



AN OPEN LETTER TO ONTARIO PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE

Action speaks louder than words!

Ajamu Nangwaya



Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity puts forward five propositions that

would give concrete form to the Premier?s claim that ?government

exists to make people?s lives better?

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/86571

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KENYA: AN OPEN LETTER TO IEBC CHAIRMAN ISAACK HASSAN

Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice



Various technological measures required by law to protect the

integrity of Kenya?s elections failed massively in the recent polls.

But the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission proceeded with

tallying the result. IEBC must explain to Kenyans what happened

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/86568

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LEGAL HELP BY AND FOR SEX WORKERS

Jonathan Birchall



Sex work is criminalized in South Africa, and sex workers face routine

harassment, intimidation, and even abuse from police.



One organization is helping them gain the legal skills they need to fight back.



Please take a moment to view a photo essay (

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/legal-help-sex-workers-sex-workers?utm_source=justice_B&utm_medium=email&utm_content=text_link1&utm_campaign=justice_B_030913

) about the Women?s Legal Centre, a grantee of the Open Society

Foundations based in South Africa that provides legal services by and

for sex workers.

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STATEMENT ON PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI?S COMMENTS

GALZ



The statements fuel public prejudice against LGBTI individuals and

contradict the very preamble of a draft constitution that the PM is

seemingly promoting

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/86570

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5 Books & arts



FICTIONALIZING CAMFRANGLAIS

A Review of Moi Taximan by Gabriel Kuitche Fonkou

Peter Wuteh Vakunta



This book is highly recommended to people who know nothing about

Camfranglais and who wish to one day visit Cameroon. It really is a

must read.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/86574

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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/86583

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