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… from today on I’ll work less, read more books, go more out for a walk and publish occasionally on this blog about development concerns.

Terence McKenna

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Muslim Brotherhood treats children as pawns. Where’s the outcry?

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Linda S. Heard, August 12, 2013.

… I have every reason to be cynical when an Al Jazeera reporter, covering the festivities, revealed that the Brotherhood leadership has ordered its followers to bring their wives and children to the sit-in when plans have been firmed up to dismantle it. When she asked parents whether they feared for their kids’ lives, they invariably said they were willing to sacrifice their children for the sake of democracy and freedom.   Continue Reading…

Out of the Margins: Shifting Demographics Change Face of US Campaigns, Part I

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Spiegel Staff, Nov. 12, 2012 (Photo-Gallery: The Changing Face of the US Electorate).

The United States, traditionally a land of immigrants, is on the verge of historic change, with non-Caucasian Americans poised to become the majority in the coming decades. Obama’s recent victory has already shown how demographic shifts will change the political landscape … //

… Most Diverse Nation on Earth:  Continue Reading…

Excision: Suite à la mort d’une fillette

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Publié dans IvoirTV.net, par Marcel Konan, Correspondant regional, le 19 Décembre 2011.

Le préfet menace* les auteurs de poursuites judiciaires.

La pratique de l’excision est de retour dans la contrée de Dabakala depuis le 10 octobre. 50 filles ont été excisées depuis ce jour et l’une d’entre elles est décédée. Faisant réagir vivement les autorités de cette localité.   Continue Reading…

Egypt: liberal democracy or an African democracy?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Patricia Daley, February 9, 2011.

In the context of the popular uprisings in North Africa, Patricia Daley draws on the work of Nigerian scholar Claude Ake and asks how social justice scholars can operationalise the democratic principles he articulated.

As I watched the scenes of revolutionary protest in Egypt and the reluctance of democratic western nations, self-claimed champions of democracy, to support the will of the Egyptian people, I started to ponder why the use of the term ‘liberal democracy’ has always made me feel uncomfortable, even though I am opposed to dictatorships, one-party rule, and other systems of governance that deny the participation of citizens. In contemporary political rhetoric, democracy is often seen as the gold standard. Yet, those who uphold it at home and cite it as a reason to pursue warfare, when confronted with people power, are left bumbling. The humanity and dignity of the Egyptian people are at odds with geo-political interests – even when exposed to the full glare of international attention. It seems as if the empire has no clothes.

These events force us to consider the relationship between liberal democracy, empire, global economic dominance, and social Darwinism. The Nigerian scholar Claude Ake, in his book ‘Democracy and Development in Africa’, considers democracy within the history of colonial and post-colonial Africa. Writing of the North’s attitude to democracy in Africa, Ake notes that:  Continue Reading…