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Green Rush: How big agriculture is carving up Africa for industrial farmland

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Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, by Richard Schiffman, Dec 17, 2013.

There is a gold rush happening in Ethiopia, but it’s not a hunt for the yellow metal. It’s a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland. A nation more associated with periodic famine and acute childhood malnutrition than with agricultural bounty is leasing millions of hectares – an area the size of Belgium – to foreign companies, who want to grow and export food to places like Saudi Arabia, China, India, and Europe.   Continue Reading…

Nelson Mandela – 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

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Sudanese women: you can beat us but you cannot break us

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Hala Alkarib, Oct 03, 2013.

Political Islam in Sudan remains very strong and manifests itself in floggings of Sudanese women that are justified by the constitution in the Indecent and Immoral Acts. Yet, Sudanese women remain defiant and resist these unjust and misogynistic laws.

While the anger is accumulating in Sudan and peaceful demonstrators are being injured and killed by the Sudanese regime forces, this comes as a natural result of years of injustices. Sudan has been exposed to the brutality of the dogmatic ideology of political Islam, and the people have been stripped of their dignity. The story here is just a tip of the iceberg. Sudanese women are the mirror of the cruelty and disparity imposed by the ruling regime.   Continue Reading…

Ms. Kalashnikov: The Women Rebels of Congo

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Johannes Korge, Sept 30, 2013 (16 Photos in the Gallery: Women in Africa’s Militias).

They murder, rob and kidnap, just like their male comrades. Some women fight for rebel groups in Congo against their will, while others are driven by desperation. Photographer Francesca Tosarelli documented their dangerous lives … // Continue Reading…

FEMNET’s Herstory: Advocating for the rights of African women

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Published on The African Women’s Development Fund AWDF, by AWDF, August 21, 2013 – download the book, 110 pdf-pages. (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99%).

AWDF is proud to have supported the production of a publication documenting the herstory of The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET). In her foreword to the publication, Joyce Hilda Banda, President of Malawi stated:   Continue Reading…

Trafficking handicapped children and the economy of misery

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Eudias Kigai, August 14, 2013. (Linked with our new blog: politics for the 99% (Frontpage), and it’s new post: Not Too Big to Jail).

Trafficking syndicates operating between Kenya and Tanzania are actively involved in the trade of handicapped children

Used in Nairobi’s lucrative ‘begging industry’, Tanzanian children are transported through major bus routes, such as the Tanzania Namanga route, to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The journey can take up to nine hours.

Once inside the borders, bribes must be paid to Kenyan immigration officers, and both Tanzania and Kenya revenue authority officers, to allow them pass without the temporary East African passport.   Continue Reading…

Tanzania: Smallholder farmers lose in most govt programmes

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Interview with Mr Stephen Ruvuga, MVIWATA – Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (first on The Citizen), by Alawi Masare, Business Week, August 7, 2013.

… Apart from what you have said, what are the tangible achievements in the 20 years of the Mviwata existence?

  • The Kibaigwa market in Dodoma – probably the largest grain market in Tanzania – was built by Mviwata.
  • We also constructed agro-produce markets in other places. Examples are Mgeta’s Kinole, Nyandira and Tawa markets in Morogoro Region; Mkata in Tanga; Igagala in Njombe; Igurusi in Mbeya and Matai and Kasanga in Rukwa. All these have not only facilitated rural farmers to access reliable markets and better prices, but also contributed to the improvement of the economy.   Continue Reading…

Hunger in Africa: the Swazi Study

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How Hunger stunts African Economies – Published on World Food Programme, 26 July 2013 (linked with The Cost of Hunger in Egypt).

The high cost of child malnutrition in Swaziland was showcased at the launch of the latest country-level study in the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) series on 18 July. The Cost of Hunger in Swaziland, produced by the Government of Swaziland with support from WFP, is the first COHA study in southern Africa and among the first to quantify the social and economic impacts of child undernutrition.   Continue Reading…

Lessons for Brazil from South Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Patrick Bond, July 24, 2013.

Brazilians have much to learn from South Africans who hosted the 2010 World Cup in which thousands of South Africans rioted in the streets prior to the games and FIFA took billions in revenues. Will Brazil’s main trade union remain stymied by their alliance to the ruling party like South Africa’s?   Continue Reading…

Big Mama and the Massacre: ICC’s Reputation at Risk in Kenya

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Erich Follath, July 26, 2013 (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, is doing all she can to put Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta behind bars. But the hurdles are high, and failure could spell doom for the dream of global justice … //

… Holding Commanders Responsible? … // Continue Reading…

Increasing Attacks: Piracy Shifts Coasts in Africa

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Gordon Repinski, July 19, 2013 (Photo GalleryTranslated from the German by Nick Ukiah).

The scourge of African piracy is shifting from the East Coast to the West. Although the attacks are taking a major toll on the global shipping trade, world leaders continue to play for time in the hope that it will be resolved locally.

In the moments before the attack, the Hansa Marburg seemed to be cruising peacefully in the Atlantic Ocean. It was April 22, 2013 and, based on its coordinates, the German container ship was about 130 nautical miles southwest of the port of Malabo in the Central African state of Equatorial Guinea – a long way from the coast … // Continue Reading…

US-Taliban talks: a lesson for Kagame and Museveni

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Why US-Taliban talks should open the way for Kagame-FDLR, Museveni-LRA dialogue – Published on Pambazuka News, by Antoine Roger Lokongo, June 26, 2013.

The current US-Taliban talks now remove any pretexts Kagame and Museveni might have not to talk to the FDLR and to the LRA, respectively. Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete’s proposal for talks involving all parties in the Great Lakes region to find a permanent political solution to the problems of the region must be urgently heeded.   Continue Reading…

NSPCC launches helpline to protect girls from female genital mutilation FGM

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Research reveals more than 70 women and girls seek treatment every month after undergoing illegal procedure, likely to be a fraction of the true figure – Published on The Guardian, by Alexandra Topping, June 24, 2013 (Photo: Efua Dorkenoo of Equality Now said of female genital mutilation: This is not a small problem, it is hidden).

The NSPCC is launching a helpline on Monday to protect children from FGM after research found that more than 1,700 victims were referred to specialist clinics in the past two years, likely to be a fraction of the true figure for women affected.  The youngest victim was seven. Continue Reading…

Trapped in Apulia: Europe’s Deepening Refugee Crisis, Part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Maximilian Popp, June 21, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

A young Liberian refugee arrives in Italy, where he is left to fend for himself and winds up homeless in a filthy slum. When he flees to Germany, the government there invokes EU asylum law and sends him back. It is a cycle of degradation faced by thousands of African refugees living in Europe today.  Continue Reading…

Christian Saviors and the Adoptions Industry in Congo

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Exploiting Africa’s Most Precious Resource: Children – Published on Dissident Voice (first on counscious being), by Jennifer Fierberg and Keith Harmon Snow, June 20, 2013.

La Procure Saint Anne is a Catholic Monastery built in 1920 in what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo. Abutting Kinshasa’s first cathedral church, La Centre d’aceuil Saint Anne (in the local French) sits just off Kinshasa’s main thoroughfare, the Boulevard 30 Juin, named for the date of the Congo’s supposed independence from Belgium on June 30,1960.   Continue Reading…

Soher Ebrahim, Egyptian Girl, 13, Dies After Illegal Female Genital Mutilation FGM

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Published on The Huffington Post UK, by Sara C Nelson, June 10, 2013.

A teenage girl has died after undergoing an illegal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure in a private clinic north east of Cairo. The 13-year-old, identified as Soher Ebrahim, died on Thursday evening in a village in the Daqahliya governorate, Gulf News reports. It adds her family have filed an official complaint, accusing the doctor who performed the operation of causing her death … // Continue Reading…

MGF

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China-Africa relations: looking beyond the critics

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Babette Zoumara and Abdul-Rauf Ibrahim, June 6, 2013.

Africa is lacking a clear and unified policy in terms of how it relates to China. In developing further social, economic and political ties with China, African leaders must develop a coherent and structured plan to promote the interests of Africans … // Continue Reading…

Cereal Banks Protect Against Famine and Empower Women Across the Sahel

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… innovation of the Month – Published on nourishing the planet, by Caitlin Aylward, May 22, 2013.

… In 2009, WFP and Care established exclusively women-operated cereal banks to help ensure the availability of grain supplies year round. These community cereal banks loan grain below market price, helping protect against market speculation, and enabling even the poorest women to purchase food for their families during times of scarcity. The women are expected to repay the loans, but at very low interest rates and only after they have harvested their own crops.   Continue Reading…

Female Genital Mutilation FGM is not cultural, it’s violence

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FMG is not cultural, it’s violence: 66,000 women in the UK endure the agony of brutal circumcision. Now one victim hits back at the PC society that ignored her pain – Published on Mail Online, by Ruth Styles, May 7, 2013.

Nimko Ali was seven when she underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Her teacher, instead of helping, likened it to a Bar Mitzvah
66,0000 British women are believed to have undergone FGM
20,000 girls are at risk of being taken abroad for circumcision
FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985 … // Continue Reading…

free or imposed Aid: help or meddling

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The Question of Aid: Help or Hindrance in African Economic Development, 91.30 min, uploaded by icdchannel, Feb 1, 2011;

Spotlight on Philanthropy: European Zeitgeist 2011, 23.36 min, uploaded by zeitgeistminds, May 17, 2011: Increasingly, leaders are looking beyond day-to-day business and seeking to make a wider positive contribution to the world. What can we learn from those who are making a difference already, and what is the best way to help – is aid a help or a hindrance to development? This panel discussion explores the practicalities of philanthropy, learning from the experiences of committed individuals who have already made remarkable achievements for their cause.

New Study Claims Over 250,000 Died From 2011 Somalia Famine, U.S.-Al Shabaab Savagery To Blame

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Published on ZNet, by Stephen Roblin, May 11, 2013.

“Powerful people have that privilege of denying reality,” the Somali scholar, Abdi Samatar, stated when explaining the causes of Somalia’s 2011 famine as it was laying waste to the population.

The famine was one of history’s rare socio-natural calamities in that it was predicted almost a year in advance, providing sufficient time to avert it and at a minimal costs for the rich nations. Thus, it will likely go down as one of the most easily preventable calamities in modern history.

It will also go down as one of the most devastating.   Continue Reading…

A lethal cocktail for Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Abdul Ghelleh, April 29, 2013.

The overwhelming majority of non-governmental organisations do more harm than good to livelihoods and sustainable developments in Africa. The World Bank’s working definition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is ‘Private organizations that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services or undertake community development.’ But many people now ask whether the NGOs that work in Africa are progressively engaged in activities that are developmentally sustainable. And, by the way, how democratic and accountable are the NGOs?   Continue Reading…

Tackling female genital mutilation taboo in Birmingham

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Published on BBCnews, by Clare Lissaman, April 24, 2013.

Casualty’s decision to feature female genital mutilation (FGM) on primetime television forced a previously “taboo” subject into mainstream debate. BBC News speaks to the professionals fighting to get the practice stopped:

  • As a midwife on the labour ward of the inner-city Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, Alison Byrne has seen a lot. But she was unprepared for treating mothers-to-be who had undergone FGM.
  • In 2002, following an influx of Somali immigrants to the city, the hospital began seeing pregnant woman who had lost most of their external genitalia to extreme cutting.   Continue Reading…

toujours l’excision/les MGF

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à Angers:     Continue Reading…

Bleak future for Central African children

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An estimated 42 percent of population does not even know where next meal is coming from – Published on Al Jazeera, by Nazanine Moshiri, April 11, 2013.

Families only come to Bangui’s Children’s Hospital when traditional medicines aren’t working, and their children are clearly severely malnourished.

The story of Francisca Sanzaza, the tiny frail toddler in my report, is one of pain and suffering. Her family escaped from Damarra a town some 75 km from Bangui, on the frontline of the fight for the capital.

Francisca’s mother was two months pregnant. So, when she fell down hard, she starting bleeding and there was nothing her husband or her mother in law could do to save her. She died, and was buried by people in a local village.  Continue Reading…

Tribute to Chris Hani on the 20th anniversary of his assassination

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Carlos Martinez, April 10, 2013.

10 April 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Chris Hani, the legendary freedom fighter and one of the most courageous and talented leaders of the anti-apartheid struggle. Although he was only 50 at the time of his death, Hani’s contribution to the struggle was that of several lifetimes.   Continue Reading…

Chávez’s legacy, African solidarity and the African American people

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The Bolivarian Revolution reaffirms linkages with oppressed around the world – Published on Pambazuka News, by Abayomi Azikiwe, April 10, 2013.

Hugo Chávez’s implementation of the Bolivarian revolution inspired African American people as well as other oppressed people around the globe. They expressed their opposition to the unconscionable low-intensity war that is being waged against the people and national sovereignty of Venezuela since the inception of the Chávez Frias administration.  Continue Reading…

Female genital mutilation: the UK must act now

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With an estimated 20,000 girls at risk in the UK, teachers and health professionals must be on alert over female genital mutilation – Published on The Guardian, by Carlene Firmin, March 26, 2013.

This month, I spent a week at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The session was on violence against women and girls. About 6,000 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government delegations from around the world were represented at CSW. Nearly 100 NGOs were from the UK.

Debates ranged from child marriage to girls’ access to primary school education, issues where the UK seems quite progressive. But there are others where we stand alongside countries seeking a solution to a problem; female genital mutilation (FGM) is one such challenge.  Continue Reading…

KAMALPHA – CENTRE D’ALPHABÉTISATION PAR ORDINATEUR CAO

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  • /Page d’Accueil: Une association à but non lucratif, apolitique et laïque: Toutes les personnes impliquées dans ce projet sont des bénévoles désireux de contribuer de façon significative au développement du peuple africain avec le désir de faire les choses autrement, dans un réel esprit de coopération avec les Africains …;
  • /L’alphabétisation: De nombreux pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest continuent d’afficher les plus faibles taux d’alphabétisation au monde. Continue Reading…

Kamalpha – Computerized Literacy Centre

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a secular, apolitical, non-profit association:

  • /Homepage;
  • /Overview: Many countries in West Africa continue to display the lowest rates of literacy in the world. Burkina Faso is particularly affected by this reality with a literacy rate of 22% for adults of 15 years and older. The situation is even more unfavourable with respects to women, who in this same country have a literacy rate of 15%, whereas 29% of the male population is literate. These women, deprived of educational opportunities, are therefore constantly disadvantaged as they are denied access to technical training and jobs.   Continue Reading…

Sénégal: des députés pour l’abandon de l’excision

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Publié dans leral.net, par RD, le 19 mars 2013.

Des députés sénégalais appellent à une meilleure allocation des ressources financières pour la mise en œuvre d’un plan d’action national pour l’accélération de l’abandon de l’excision. Réunis à Mbour, dans le cadre d’un atelier sur le rôle des parlementaires dans l’abandon des mutilations génitales féminines/ excision, ils ont exprimé leur point de vue sur cette pratique … (le texte en entier).  Continue Reading…

Introducing Brics From Above, And Brics-From-Below

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Published on ZSpace, by Patrick Bond, March 23, 2013.

In Durban, South Africa, five heads of state meet on March 26-27 2013 at the International Convention Centre, to assure the rest of Africa that their countries’ corporations are better investors in infrastructure, mining, oil and agriculture than the traditional European and US multinationals. The Brazil-Russia-India-China-SA (Brics) summit also makes space for 16 heads of state from Africa, including notorious tyrants. A new $50 billion ‘Brics Bank’ will probably be launched. There will be more talk about monetary alternatives to the US dollar.    Continue Reading…

Excision: Loué par les exciseuses, ce mode opératoire qui bouscule la vision de la lutte

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Publié dans Atelier des Médias, par Solo Niaré, le 10 mars 2013.

… Rencontrée dans le cadre de la journée mondiale des femmes, Yoblê Doré nous apprend que : « Le seul fait que l’excision soit déclarée pénalement répréhensible ne pouvait avoir de réel effet sur le recul de la pratique sans mesures d’accompagnement murement réfléchies. Au contraire, c’était une façon d’inciter les excisseuses à tomber dans une espèce de clandestinité, une porte ouverte à tous les abus possibles.  Continue Reading…

A campaign against FGM Female genital mutilation

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  • Watch this video-interview, 29.10 min, published on Daily Motion, par Mohamed Gelle, March 9, 2012: Waa barnaamij la xiriira olole ka dhan gudniinka hablaha oo ay ka qayb qaadatay wasaaradda caafimaadka Danmark iyo ururo kale oo ay ka mid yihiin ururada somalida – sanadku waa 1997 , caqabada ugu wayn waxay ahayd iyada oo aanay ka qayb qaadan ololahan culimo ku sheega somliyeed ee Danmark, hase yeeshee waxaa ka qayb qaatayay dhammaan culumada kale ee muslimiinta danmark.
  • A campaign against FGM (Female genital mutilation) – an interview and a clip from a conference in the Danish parliament. This campaign against FGM was implemented with the support of the danish ministry of health and several other orginasation including the somali community in Danmark, the year is 1997 and one of the biggest challenges back then was to get the support of the somali religious leaders, but on the other hand we got the support of the large muslim community in Danmark as you can see in the clip from the confernece.  Continue Reading…

Londres s’investit dans la lutte contre l’excision

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Publié dans Le Matin/Suisse, le 6 mars 2013.

ROYAUME-UNI — Le Royaume-Uni a annoncé un programme d’un montant de 41 millions d’euros destiné à réduire la pratique des mutilations génitales qui touchent jusqu’à 140 millions de filles et de femmes dans le monde … //

… Le programme, selon le ministère britannique du Développement international, vise à faire baisser de 30% ces pratiques dans 10 pays d’Afrique en cinq ans.

Changer les normes culturelles:  Continue Reading…

Indre-et-Loire – Justice: La jeune lycéenne échappe à l’excision

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Publié dans La Nouvelle République.fr, par Renaud Domenici, le 19 février 2013.

La requête présentée par Me Hugues Soumanou demandant à la cour d’annuler la décision par laquelle le directeur général de l’Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides (OFPRA) avait rejeté sa demande d’asile vient d’être accueillie favorablement. La cour a reconnu la qualité de réfugié à une jeune Castelroussine menacée d’une excision certaine au Mali, son pays d’origine. …  arrivée en France en compagnie de sa mère, avait fui le Mali par crainte de se voir imposer une mutilation génitale. Le cas de cette adolescente scolarisée à Châteauroux avait principalement ému les infirmières scolaires et le personnel enseignant de son lycée. En 2009, alors qu’elle se trouvait au Mali, Angélique avait été à deux reprises menacé d’enlèvement. L’opération, commanditée par ses deux tantes, sœurs de son père, avait fort heureusement capoté … // Continue Reading…

Western Sahara occupied, Africa re-colonised

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Malainin Lakhal, Feb 27, 2013.

In introducing this second special issue on the occupied Western Sahara in Pambazuka News, Malainin Lakhal argues that it is a subject that should concern all Africans, and all actors who know that Africa can never rise up as a Union or as a future power unless it jointly struggles for its freedom from poverty, ignorance, re-colonisation, foreign exploitation, internal rivalry, and lack of communication between all its peoples and elite … // Continue Reading…

Lutte contre l’excision: des efforts restent encore à fournir en Guinée

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Publié dans GuineeNews, par Makalé Soumah, le 9 Fevrier 2013.

… En Guinée, près de 96 pour cent des femmes sont victimes de l’ablation partielle du clitoris. C’est pourquoi, une loi a été votée et signée depuis le 10 juillet 2010, sous l’ère du Président Feu général Lansana Conté sur la santé de la reproduction y compris la mutilation génitale féminine. Une loi qui, à cause des peines trop lourdes proposées telle que la peine de mort pour les contrevenants, devait être transformée en arrêté d’application de la loi par rapport à la MGF.   Continue Reading…

Videos about conflict in Mali

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Watch this videos on The Real News Network TRNN:

  • Mali and the Africa Land Grab, 5.48 min: France wants to secure North Mali’s rice fields as a food supply for Libya; part of land grabs taking place all over Africa, with Sasha Ross, by Paul Jay, February 25, 2013;   Continue Reading…

Credo Mutwa

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The torture of Credo Mutwa and the theft of the Necklace of Mysteries, 20.02 min,  uploaded by AlphaZebra, 22 Aug 2010: David Icke and I (Bill Ryan) recently met with Credo Mutwa, the great Zulu shaman, healer, and keeper of African tradition. He told us a horror story …;

Credo Mutwa: Visions Of The Future, 43.00 min, uploaded by ZeroSixtyFive, 16 Apr 2012: The Voice In The Wilderness;   Continue Reading…

L’excision est un crime contre l’humanité

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Publié dans Aminata, Maurice NGUEPE, Secrétaire Général Pour l’Organisation Jeunesse Africaine,  Feb 7, 2013.

Message à tous les jeunes d’Afrique et d’ailleurs
À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de tolérance zéro face aux mutilations génitales féminines, le 06 février 2013, l’Organisation Jeunesse Africaine interpelle les jeunes de tous les pays afin qu’ils usent de leur tact et de leur détermination pour protéger les filles et les jeunes femmes et mettre un terme au cycle infernal de leur excision … // Continue Reading…

Saint-Denis/(France): ici, les chirurgiens réparent l’excision

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A l’hôpital De la fontaine de Saint-Denis, un service opère les femmes victimes de mutilations sexuelles. C’est le seul du 93 – Publié dans Le Parisien.fr, par Claire Guédon, le 7 février 2013.

Je n’aime pas du tout en parler. C’est comme si je me mettais à nu. Mais je le fais pour aider d’autres femmes, pour qu’elles ne soient pas seules. C’est la bataille de ma génération. » Fatima*, 38 ans, d’origine sénégalaise, a été excisée à l’âge de 12 ans et réparée par la chirurgie il y a trois ans. Cette habitante de Seine-Saint-Denis a choisi de mettre son histoire personnelle douloureuse au service des futures patientes de l’hôpital Delafontaine, à Saint-Denis.   Continue Reading…

les mutilations génitales féminines en débat

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Conférence MGF – Débat,  mise en ligne par follereauLuxembourg, en Février 2012:

Mutilations génitales féminines: 13 filles excisées à Watinoma dans la Sissili, cinq personnes aux arrêts

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Publié dans le faso.net, le 5 février 2013.

Malgré les multiples actions de sensibilisations et même de répressions en vue d’éradiquer l’excision, cette pratique demeure une réalité dans notre pays. Ce sont treize personnes dont 10 jeunes filles et trois femmes mariées qui ont été excisées le 17 janvier dernier dans le hameau de culture « Watinoma » du village de Bougnounou dans la province de la Sissili. La Brigade de Gendarmerie de Dalo/Compagnie de Léo a réussi à interpeler cinq personnes impliquées dans cette sale besogne.    Continue Reading…

Comment combattre l’excision

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A l’avant veille de la journée internationale de lutte contre les mutilations féminines, les actrices et acteurs de ce combat remportaient une petite victoire – Publié dans TV5 monde/Terriennes, par Sylvie Braibant, le 5 février 2013.

Le dimanche 3 février 2013, la Cour suprême d’Egypte confirmait la criminalisation des mutilations sexuelles féminines, contre la demande  déposée par un juriste et un imam d’abroger l ‘article 242 du Code pénal (voté en 2008), contraire selon eux aux principes de la charia.  Continue Reading…

L’excision menace encore des fillettes en France, surtout pendant les vacances

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Publié dans Libération, le 6 février 2013.

La pratique de de l’excision a diminué en France, mais le risque demeure pour les fillettes qui repartent “au pays” pendant les vacances, d’où l’urgence de mettre définitivement fin à cette mutilation dans le monde, alertent les acteurs engagés dans le combat.  Continue Reading…

CRANS MONTANA FORUM: AFRICA & SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION

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7th Annual Session, Brussels (Belgium), March 6 to 9, 2013 – Received by e-mail, From: Crans Montana Forum, Date: Feb 6, 2013

The Forum will welcome in Brussels, in addition to more than 100 countries
from the South-South belt, the key players of the Arab Finance:

  • The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
  • The Saudi Fund for Development
  • The Libya Africa Investment Portfolio
  • etc.   Continue Reading…

NON à l’excision

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Video: en Bélgique, dire NON à l’excision, 2.13 min, publié dans 7sur7.

Boots on the ground in the Sahel: Drugs, the new alternative economy of West Africa

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Cocaine politics: West Africa’s perfect global positioning between South America and Europe, and its endemic corruption, poverty and disorganisation, have made it the new drug hub. And drugs money is used to fund politics – Published on Le Monde Diplomatique/english Edition, by Anne Frintz, February 2013.

A Boeing 727 from Venezuela carrying an estimated five to nine tonnes of cocaine landed at Tarkint, near the city of Gao in northeast Mali, in November 2009. It unloaded and made a failed take-off attempt, and then was set alight. The drugs were never recovered. An investigation revealed that a Lebanese family and a Mauritanian businessman who had made a fortune from Angolan diamonds were among the backers of the enterprise.   Continue Reading…