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Mariages forcés ou précoces et excision des jeunes filles

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Une 1ère déclaration régionale d’abandon le 20 janvier à Ziguinchor – Publié dans Le Soleil.sn, le 15 Janvier 2013.

Quelque 427 villages de la région vont faire une déclaration le 20 janvier 2013 à Ziguinchor pour dire non aux mariages forcés ou précoces et à l’excision des jeunes filles.
Cette déclaration, la première du genre dans la région, est à l’initiative de l’Ong Tostan/Sénégal … //

… (le texte en entier).

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Tuttu’s Children: Episode 3, Getting to the heart of leadership

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The 25 young Africans must prove that they can translate talk into real change – Watch this video, 47.30 min, published on AlJazeera, 25 Jan 2013.

… Most of the participants chose a project that draws on their childhood experiences and, from May to August, 25 social projects sprang up across the continent. But translating their ideas into reality will mean addressing taboos and facing their inner most conflicts. And that becomes the focus of the second workshop. While their meeting in Cape Town was all about examining tough African issues, in Oxford they are pushed to analyse themselves.   Continue Reading…

The Democratic Republic of Congo DRC

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MLK’s legacy and the labour movement

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Abayomi Azikiwe, Jan 16, 2013.

From the Montgomery bus boycott, the marches on Detroit and Washington to the sanitation strike in Memphis, civil rights and labour worked to break down US apartheid which is integral to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Continue Reading…

Excision / MGF en Afrique

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Special report (in UK): Female genital mutilation: unreported, ignored and unpunished

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Ten years after new legislation, still no one has been charged – Published on The Independent, by Paul Cahalan, Jan 6, 2013.  Linked with Change needs to start in Britain.

The failure to punish anyone for carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) in almost a decade since Labour introduced a new law designed to stamp out the practice is forcing prosecutors to seek alternative methods to tackle the problem. The Government was facing growing criticism from campaigners after an Independent on Sunday investigation into the horrifying practice known as “cutting”, in which the genitals of women and girls are severed by unqualified people in the belief it will preserve the girl’s virginity.   Continue Reading…

Ndiyindoda: I am a man

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The ceremonial transition to manhood in South Africa’s Xhosa society is time honoured but can have tragic consequences – Watch the video, 24.58 min, published on AlJazeera, Jan 3, 2013.

A week before Christmas, amid increasing anxiety about the state of Nelson Mandela’s health, the international media assembled in Pretoria, South Africa and began asking questions about the iconic former leader’s future wellbeing. Would he ever leave hospital? Would he live to see another year?    For domestic South African journalists, however, the story had another angle. In Mandela’s Eastern Cape homeland, the breaking story was that his illness meant he would almost certainly miss his grandson’s initiation ceremony back home in Qunu.    Continue Reading…

Corporate Hijacking of Food and Agriculture

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Genetic Engineering and the GMO Industry – Pubished on Global Research.ca, by Colin Todhunter, December 30, 2012.

… When rich companies with politically-connected lobbyists and seats on government-appointed bodies bend policies for their own ends, we are in serious trouble. It is then that our democratic institutions become hijacked and our choices, freedoms and rights are destroyed. Corporate interests have too often used their dubious ‘science’, lobbyists, political connections and presence within the heart of governments, in conjunction with their public relations machines, to subvert democratic machinery for their own benefit. Once their power has been established, anyone who questions them or who stands in their way can expect a very bumpy ride.   Continue Reading…

The Miracle of Wenchi: Ethiopian Kids Using Tablets to Teach Themselves

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Fiona Ehlers, Dec. 28, 2012 (Photo-GalleryTranslated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

A US aid organization has handed children in the remote Ethiopian village of Wenchi tablet computers in an experiment aimed at enabling them to teach themselves. They are now speaking their first words of English – without ever having encountered a teacher … //

… Self-Teaching Experiment:  Continue Reading…

Military Mission: Paris Pushing for Risky Intervention in Mali

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Raniah Salloum and Stefan Simons, Dec. 11, 2012 (Photo-Gallery).

Northern Mali is at risk of becoming a breeding ground for terrorists. But with a poorly trained Malian military and political chaos in the capital, few can agree on what should be done to bring peace and the rule of law to the region. France is in favor of quick action, but most of its allies are skeptical.  Continue Reading…

Cautious Hope: A Moment of Dialogue in the Chaos of Congo

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Thilo Thielke, Dec. 7, 2012 (Photo Gallery – Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein).

After withdrawing from the provincial capital of Goma on Monday, the rebel group M23 was scheduled to meet for talks with Congolese officials in Uganda on Friday. Although they have enjoyed a rare week of peace, residents of eastern Congo are fearful of what failed negotiations might bring.   Continue Reading…

Mali: the fight for the north

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Published on The Africa Report, by Patrick Smith and Pietro Musili in Mopti, December 5, 2012.

An exclusive report from the city of Mopti ahead of the international military intervention that hopes to push out Islamist rebels from northern Mali in 2013. A military victory would only be a first step, as the country must elect a new government and rebuild the trust destroyed by the north-south divide … // Continue Reading…

EXCISION / MGF

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10′700 sexes féminins mutilés: Les mutilations génitales touchent plus de dix mille femmes sur le territoire suisse – Publié dans 20minutes.ch/fr, 28 novembre 2012.

… Les femmes et les filles excisées ou menacées d’excision proviennent en majorité de Somalie, d’Erythrée et d’Ethiopie, a indiqué mercredi l’Unicef Suisse à l’occasion de sa conférence annuelle. En comparaison avec 2004, le groupe issu de l’Erythrée semble avoir pris de l’importance, tandis que celui d’origine somalienne et éthiopienne paraît en léger recul.  Continue Reading…

Should Africa Repay its Odious’ Debts?

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Africa Lost 1.6 Trillion in Capital Flight and Odious Debt Over Forty Years. $619 billion of embezzled capital flight from North Africa with connivance of big banks according to new research – Watch this videos with James Boyce and Léonce Ndikumana, on The Real News Network TRNN, by Paul Jay:

Book-Reviews and comments:   Continue Reading…

Concert de soutien contre l’excision avec Flash Nardin’

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à GIVRY (Saone-et-Loire) /France: La Billebaude, samedi 24 novembre, à 20 h 30, entrée 5 €. Réservations au 03.85.44.43.34 – Publié dans le Journal, par EMMANUEL MÈRE, le 23 novembre 2012.

La Billebaude initie samedi une soirée de soutien au projet de création d’un reportage vidéo et photos valorisant les moyens mis en œuvre par les associations basées en Afrique luttant contre l’excision. Ce reportage est issu de la rencontre entre deux associations:   Continue Reading…

MGF – ABANDON DE TOUTES LES FORMES D’EXCISION À DJIBOUTI

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Publié dans Djiboutinews.eu/Droits des Femmes, le 20 novembre 2012.

Le Ministère des Affaires Musulmanes et des Biens Waqfs a procédé hier dans sa salle de réunion au lancement d’une série d’ateliers d’information et de sensibilisation sur l’accélération de l’abandon de toutes formes d’excisions.

L’initiative rentre dans le cadre des activités d’un programme conjoint avec le FNUAP et l’UNICEF.    Continue Reading…

Mutilation Génitale Féminine MGF

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Female Genital Mutilation FGM

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Malawi: Courageous Move to Suspend Anti-Gay Laws

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Other States That Criminalize Same-Sex Conduct Should Do the Same – Published on Human Rights Watch HRW, Nov. 6, 2012.

(Nairobi) – The Malawian government’s decision to suspend enforcement of laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct is the right thing to do, and should serve as an inspiration to other countries that criminalize homosexuality, Human Rights Watch said. During a radio debate last week with activists from Malawi’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the justice minister announced a moratorium on arrests on the basis of the country’s colonial-era sodomy laws.  Continue Reading…

Investments and Pension reforms around Africa: Wake up, domestic giants

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Published on The Africa Report, by Tom Minney, October 31, 2012.

New reforms and stricter governance measures could bring billions of dollars in new investments into African stock markets and infrastructure projects … //

… Filling the funding gap:

If well-managed, pension funds and other domestic institutional investors could become important actors in developing capital markets and could help raise national savings rates. Pension funds can be key players in making markets more liquid, efficient and transparent by supporting innovation such as central depositories and automated trading systems.  Continue Reading…

Fighting female genital mutilation: one Kurdish village at a time

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Published on Today Online, Octber 22, 2012.

TUTAKAL (Iraq) – Amena practised female genital mutilation (FGM) in her remote village in Iraqi Kurdistan for so many years that she struggles to recall how many girls passed through her hands.  Continue Reading…

CAMEROUN: ON EXCISE ENCORE CHEZ NOUS

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Publié dans Camer.be/Actualités, par Yolande Tankeu, le 19 Octobre 2012.

Chaque année dans les régions méridionales, du Sud-Ouest et de l’Est du Cameroun, plusieurs femmes arrivent au terme de leur grossesse en sachant qu’elles courent un danger en raison des mutilations sexuelles traditionnelles qu’elles ont subies. Ce traitement devient de plus en plus inquiétant d’autant plus qu’on observe chez certaines victimes des traumatismes, des cas de divorce et chez d’autres leur assassinat en cas de refus.  Continue Reading…

Verdict in Somali Hijacking Case

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Court Rules in Germany’s First Modern-Day Piracy Trial – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Peter Wensierski, Oct. 19, 2012.

A court in Hamburg has handed down prison sentences to 10 Somali pirates who hijacked the German freighter cargo ship MS Taipan in 2010. The trial lasted almost two years, making it one of the longest in postwar German history. It was hampered primarily by linguistic difficulties and problems establishing the age of the defendants.   Continue Reading…

Back in Africa

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, 11 – 17 October 2012.

In a keen showing of Egyptian interest to foster ties with African countries, especially the Nile Basin states, President Mohamed Morsi arrived in Uganda on Tuesday for a one-day visit where he participated in the country’s Independence Day celebrations with the president of Uganda Yoweri Musevini and other African leaders … //

… Egyptian diplomats say that it is unfair to make a sweeping complaint about Cairo’s commitment to Africa and insist that it was specifically ousted president Hosni Mubarak who declined to visit African countries since the attempt on his life in Ethiopia in 1995.   Continue Reading…

South Africa’s Eastern Cape, a thorn in Zuma’s side

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Published on The African Report, Oct. 12, 2012.

Voters in Eastern Cape are deeply divided: as many as 80% could vote for Motlanthe (right) in a run-off against Zuma (left).

Yet the near 100% support for Zuma from KwaZulu-Natal gives him a head start over his rivals – Kgalema Motlanthe and Tokyo Sexwale – behind whom the “Anyone but Zuma” (ABZ) campaign is throwing its support. Even if Eastern Cape swings fully behind Motlanthe and Sexwale, the ABZ faction still has a mountain to climb in its bid for sweeping changes in the ANC’s national leadership.

INTERNAL STRIFE: … // Continue Reading…

encore et toujours les MGF

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High Level Side Event on Female Genital Mutilation

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… highlights the need for a Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly – Published on No Peace Without Justice, September 25, 2012.

No Peace Without Justice, together with its partners in the International NGO Coalition to Ban FGM Worldwide, congratulates the Missions of Burkina Faso and Benin to the United Nations for the success of the High Level Side Event “Intensifying Global Efforts for Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation” organized yesterday, on the eve of the opening of the General Debate of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The event, attended by over 150 participants, among whom First Ladies, Ministers, Ambassadors and the representatives of UN Agencies and civil society, underscored the importance given to combating FGM by an ever-widening group of States … // Continue Reading…

… et toujours les MGF dans les media …

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Africa: Education Holds the Key to Africa’s Development

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Opinion – Published on allAfrica, by GRAÇA MACHEL, Sept. 17, 2012.

“Economists like to debate precisely why education makes a difference. But the real reason is simple enough, and it can be summarized in one word – and that word is ‘empowerment’.”

My husband, Nelson Mandela, once described education as “the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” He was right. But I wonder if Africa’s political leaders really understand the critical importance of education for the future of our countries – and for the hopes of our children.   Continue Reading…

Africa: Building Africa’s Green Economy

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ANALYSIS – Published on all Africa (first on ThinkAfricaPress), by JOAN NIMARKOH, Sept. 11, 2012.

Accra – Africa’s energy demand is forecast to dramatically expand as rapid urbanisation and economic growth push consumption to new heights. Yet the continent is currently plagued by poor power infrastructures and chronic power shortages.

According to the World Bank less than a quarter of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa has access to electricity. And on average, African economies lose 2.1% of GDP as a result of power shortages annually.   Continue Reading…

Excision : 100.000 FCFA pour un clitoris coupé

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Publié dans Slate Afrique, par Ghislaine Atta, Août 31, 2012.

L’excision, cette pratique inhumaine est, aujourd’hui, décriée sous tous les cieux. Si bien que la lutte contre les mutilations génitales est devenue une affaire interplanétaire. Cependant, qu’en est-il de la prise en charge psychologique, médicale et esthétique des millions de femmes excisées ? Et comme dirait l’autre : après le dépôt des ‘’armes’’ par certaines exciseuses, qu’est-ce qui est fait pour « la réinsertion pleine et totale » des victimes. Afin qu’elles puissent mener «une vraie vie de vraies femmes » ? Continue Reading…

Migrants from Europe bringing girls to tolerant Britain for genital mutilation

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Published on Savoir ou se faire avoir, by blog owner, july 25, 2012.

Young girls are being sent to Britain for the abusive removal of their genitalia by migrant families across Europe because the country is regarded as a soft touch on the ritual, an investigation has found.   Continue Reading…

No woman should be missed out

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Published on Refugee Council Online, Sept. 5, 2012.

  • Around 7,000 women seek asylum in the UK each year.
  • They are seeking protection from persecution, often fleeing violence and abuse.
  • Yet the government’s strategy for helping women who are victims of violence says nearly nothing about them.
  • Women seeking asylum have been missed out. It’s time to put this right.   Continue Reading…

Marikana miners: The massacre of our illusions

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Published on Red Pepper, by Leonard Gentle, August 2012.

The struggle of miners at the Lonmin mine in South Africa is a turning point in organised workers’ relationship with the now thoroughly neoliberal ANC argues Leonard Gentle, setting the strike in historical and political context.  Continue Reading…

Female Genital Mutilation: A Crime Against Women

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Published on Huffington Post, by Yvonne Ossei, August 27, 2012.

A seven-year-old girl is screaming hysterically in a secluded room. She has just had her clitoris cut off, her vagina sewn together and the surrounding areas of her genitalia burnt with corrosives. Her legs have been tied together and for months she will not be able to walk. Furthermore she will have no choice but to urinate through her fleshy wounds. The physical pain and psychological trauma will haunt her until the day she dies, unless she bleeds to death first.  Continue Reading…

Farm Lands of Africa announces execution of an agreement …

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… for the acquisition of Buddhavarapu Farms SA – Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab, August 7, 2012.

CONAKRY, REPUBLIC OF GUINEA (PRWEB): On July 30, 2012, Farm Lands of Africa Inc. (OTC Markets: “FLAF” or the “Company”) entered into a share exchange agreement with Buddhavarapu Farms SA (BFS) and BFS shareholders whereby upon the closing under the agreement the Company will acquire 100% of the equity capital of BFS in exchange for the issuance to BFS shareholders of 18,416,670 shares of the Company’s common stock, representing 66.66% of the Company’s outstanding shares on a post-closing basis.   Continue Reading…

FORUM DES CULTURES: Chanter contre l’excision

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Publié dans DW, par Guylaine Tappaz, le 30 juillet 2012.

Djatou Touré a été victime de mutilations génitales. Désormais, la chanteuse ivoirienne en parle… dans ses chansons. On estime qu’environ 36 % des femmes en Côte d’Ivoire sont touchées. Y’a un grand regret, on ne peut pas punir tous ceux qui ont fait ça. On a toujours ça dans le cœur. C’est pour cela que je suis engagée, pour que ça s’arrête en fait.

« Ça », ce sont les mutilations génitales féminines que subissent chaque année trois millions de petites filles dans le monde. Continue Reading…

The Fahamu Pan-African Fellowship FPAF

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Published on fahamu/fellowship-programme, by staff, on its website.

From the local to the continental, the Fahamu Pan-African Fellowship FPA) programme nurtures and supports grassroots African activism – generating contemporary, energetic, visionary and innovative thought and activism.

FPAF is a one year program … // Continue Reading…

Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative

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Published on fahamu, by staff, July 2012.

Established in 2008, the Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative is a platform that promotes debate and knowledge through an African civil society dialogue. Aimed at understanding the comparative impact and engagement of emerging powers in Africa on issues of social justice, the principal objectives of the Initiative are:  Continue Reading…

Initiative Integritas

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Received by e-mail, From: via a privat friend, Date: 28/07/2012.

We just created a group to launch an initiative in Switzerland against male and female circumcision. We invite you to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/221794711276730/.
Our goal is to extend the ban on female circumcision (article 124 of the Criminal Code) to male circumcision in accordance with article 8 para. 2 of the Swiss constitution which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and article 10 para. 2 which garantees physical integrity.
Dr. Sami Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh, Professeur des Universités, Centre de droit arabe et musulman, Ochettaz 17, CH-1025 Saint-Sulpice, Email, Messenger, website, Blog, Skype: sami.aldeeb, wikipedia.   Continue Reading…

Internal security officer named in Uganda land dispute

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Oil in Uganda – Published on Pambazuka News, by Chris Musiime, Frederick Womakuyu and Nick Young, July 18, 2012.

A senior official in Uganda’s Internal Security Organization (ISO), Major Herbert Asiimwe Muramagi, has been named in a complex land dispute in oil-rich Hoima District where, some locals allege, last year he bought 1,200 hectares from an entity that had no right to sell it. Members of the community in Kisukuma Parish, Kigorobya sub-county, further allege that when they resisted demands to vacate the land for the new owner they were beaten and arrested by armed police and soldiers.  Continue Reading…

FGM – MGF in the media

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Article in arabic language against FGM; du Dr. Sami Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh, Professeur des Universités, Centre de droit arabe et musulman, Ochettaz 17, CH-1025 Saint-Sulpice;

Premier jugement en Côte d’Ivoire condamnant des crimes de mutilations sexuelles, dans Star Africa.com, par France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, le 20 juillet 2012;
idem dans Afreek News.co: Paris salue le premier jugement condamnant l’excision, par AFP, le 20 juillet 2012;
idem dans Afriqueenelles: MGF, neuf femmes condamnées pour excision, par AFP, le 20 juillet 2012;
davantage dans Savoir ou se faire avoir;   Continue Reading…

Blood antiquities in respectable havens

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Kwame Opoku, July 18, 2012.

The people of Benin have tried for years to have their precious works of art returned to no avail. Now the artifacts have a new ‘owner’ in America. “The year 1897 means much to me and my people; it was the year the British invaded our land and forcefully removed thousands of our bronze and ivory works from my great grandfather, Oba Ovonramwen’s Palace.” His Royal Highness Oba Erediauwa, Oba of Benin.   Continue Reading…

Mutilations Génitales Féminines MGF

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10 things about African women’s leadership

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Betty Mould Iddrisu, July 11, 2012.

Accomplished female leader Betty Mould Iddrisu shares her top 10 lessons about leadership on the continent and the difficulties women have to overcome to reach – and stay – on top.

There is a harsh reality about women’s leadership in Africa. I have dreamt it and lived it. Gradually, women are penetrating historical barriers that have up till very recently been closed to us, barriers that limited women’s attainment of the highest levels of power and leadership in important sectors of society.   Continue Reading…

Les femmes les plus puissantes d’Afrique: Classement des cinq femmes africaines

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Publié dans Afrik.com, par SÉBASTIEN BADIBANGA, le 17 juillet 2012.

A la suite du second sommet économique des femmes africaines 2012, tenu à Lagos au Nigeria du 12 au 14 juillet, Afrik.com vous propose le classement des cinq femmes africaines les plus puissantes de l’Afrique.

Si l’Occident et les pays émergents peuvent se targuer de présenter une longue liste de femmes qui détiennent le pouvoir, l’Afrique a longtemps accusé un train de retard.   Continue Reading…

Governments Exist to Further the Interests of Favored Groups

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We the People are Never the Favored Group – Published on Global Research.ca (first on jkozy.com), by Prof. John Kozy, July 13, 2012.

Governments have never existed to solve problems domestic or international. Governments and their institutions exist merely to further and secure the interests of favored groups, but We the People are never the favored group.

Paul Krugman recently wrote that   Continue Reading…

Sustainable Land Management Specialist Chris Reij Discusses Re-Greening In Africa

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Published on World Resources Institute/Insights, Interview with Chris Reij, by Sarah Parsons, July 12, 2012.

African farmers currently face a crisis. Droughts and unpredictable weather, in combination with decreasing soil fertility and pests, have caused crop failure on many of the continent’s drylands.

But there are solutions—namely, low-cost farmer innovations. Chris Reij, a Sustainable Land Management Specialist with Free University Amsterdam and a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, is leading the charge in this area.  Continue Reading…

Fribourg: Condamnation d’une Somalienne pour avoir exposé sa demi-sœur à l’excision

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Première jurisprudence en Suisse contre les mutilations génitales féminines – Publié dans apic-kipa, le 4 juillet 2012.

Fribourg, 4 juillet 2012 (Apic) Le Tribunal cantonal de Fribourg a condamné, le 3 juillet 2012, une Somalienne de 54 ans pour avoir indirectement provoqué l’excision de sa demi-sœur, rapporte le 4 juillet le quotidien La Liberté. La femme avait ramené sa demi-sœur, jugée “impure”, de Suisse en Somalie, pour lui inculquer les traditions strictes de sa communauté. Son excision s’était déroulée quelques mois après son arrivée, dans des conditions d’hygiène déplorables …   Continue Reading…

Growing Africa’s land

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Published on Food Crisis and the global Land Grab, by Adam Robert Green, July 2, 2012. (Source: This is Africa).

A global land rush is afoot and Africa is top of investors’ lists. Optimists predict agricultural transformation. Critics fear food insecurity, degradation and displacement.

Africa’s land is attracting unprecedented commercial interest from governments, sovereign funds, private companies and asset managers, from neighbouring Qatar all the way to South Korea. Around 53m ha – roughly the size of France – has been sold, leased or licensed globally since 2001, and that only covers deals with reliable sources.   Continue Reading…