Welcome to the
December 2016 Vol 33
Defied the Odds
Despite enormous difficulties arising from a US economic blockade, Cuba under Castro made tremendous strides forward in education, medicine, science, sport, international exchange relations and sustainable development. The Cuban revolution served as a promising source of hope not only to the impoverished people of Latin America but also to the rest of the Tricontinental World - the exploited and colonized populations of Latin America, Asia and Africa.
The Battle For Just Peace
In A World of War Lies
“Today silence has become more than a war crime. Today silence has become more than just the manifestation of our egocentrism and selfishness. Today silence has enabled, empowered and shielded oppressors and tyrants.”In From Mecca To The Plain of Karbala Walking with the Holy household of the Prophet the Imam recites Farwa ibn Musayk Muradi: “If we have been victorious today it is not something new, because we have always gained victory and even if we are defeated, predominance and victory is ours; and truth is victorious in all circumstances, whether it wins or loses.”
Trump and the Art of the Con
The Anatomy of Crisis and the Decline of US Empire
by Danny HaiphongThere are multiple dimensions to the crisis that afflicts U.S. imperialism. The latest election is evidence of a crisis of legitimacy for the ruling parties. Americans are estranged from a government that spies on every one its citizens – and on the rest of the world, too. “Unemployment, poverty, racist state repression, and war are all the system has to offer.” Unable
Haiti 1791: the Cradle of African
Nationalism and Internationalism
Permit me to begin by saying that I am new to African literary studies. My academic training has been in the fields of political science, comparative literature, women’s studies, sociology and pedagogy. I have taught politics and history both at secondary and tertiary levels. However, most of my work has been as a translator and independent scholar. My itinerant career took me to Brazil in 1986, to Berlin in 1989, and to South Africa in 1991.
UN apologizes for peacekeepers abuse, cholera in Haiti
By Senabri Silvestre
SANTO DOMINGO, Dom. Rep.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized Tuesday for a cholera epidemic in Haiti and sexual abuse attributed to the organization’s peacekeepers in different countries."These two issues have tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and, much worse, traumatized many people ... already affected by armed conflict," Ban said during an address to the annual General Assembly meeting.Just months before the end of his second term, Ban urged member states and the UN to strengthen zero tolerance policies against abuse crimes, stressing that those assigned to protect others "should never become predators".Read More
President Emphasizes need
for African Integration
President Yoweri Museveni has emphasized the need for African countries to integrate saying integration is for scientific and objective reasons. This was during an address to students at 5th Annual Convention of the Great Lakes Young Leaders’ Forum, which ran under the theme ‘Defining the Role of Young People in Fostering Stability, Integration, Economic Transformation in the Great Lakes Region.’ The function took place today at the International University of East Africa (IUEA) in Kansanga in Makindye Division.The forum initially began in September 2007 as a young leaders’ association and after it had expanded it was launched in July 2013 by President Museveni.
Africa doesn’t need foreign aid
The generosity of Africa’s middle class can lead us to shared prosperity. For decades we have relied on foreign aid and a handful of homegrown super-rich to lift us out of poverty. It hasn’t worked. To achieve shared prosperity, we also need to share the burden of socioeconomic transformation. Community-based philanthropy on this continent generates an estimated $3-billion, according to research from the African Philanthropy Network. I believe this number is even higher because there is no formal system for recording the amounts given. We can catch a glimpse of Africa’s generosity through funerals. Middle-class families can spend as much as $20 000 on a dignified burial, a vast sum of money raised in part through gifts from friends, family and others. If people can raise such sums in times of grief, they can do the same for socioeconomic transformation
Tidbits of History
Letter from Africa:
Why Nigerians need to learn their history
When I was growing up, one of the subjects I learnt in both primary and secondary school was history - not only of Nigeria but also of Europe.The bare facts of the growth of nationalities might not have been interesting to my young mind but I grew up with the conviction that hardly anything could be more exciting than the study of the exploits of men and women who later became heroes - or villains - among their people as they shaped the course of history either in their local areas or in the world at large.
The 1833 Blackburn Rebellion in Detroit:
By the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries Africans in the newly-formed United States were in rebellion against slavery. Since 1619 under British rule there had been a rising stream of indentured servants and enslaved persons fueling the agricultural and industrial growth of the country.Incorporated as a state within the union in 1837, the areas now known as Detroit and Michigan also engaged in the peculiar institution dating back to the closing decades of the 18th century. Many of the streets that we travel on daily were named after white men who owned enslaved Africans.