Life After War: How Young People in Uganda Are Coping

by Teddy Atim

The WireJanuary 19, 2019

Life After War: How Young People in Uganda Are Coping

People gather to watch a film in Lira district, north of Uganda’s capital Kampala. Credit: Reuters

For over two decades between 1986 and 2006, northern Uganda experienced a prolonged conflict pitting government forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. The conflict, the longest of Uganda’s post independence struggles, was rooted in the colonial legacy of divide-and-rule. This was often along ethnic and regional lines.Read More »

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Africa in Review 2018, part III: Imperialist militarism and the quest for reconstruction

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | January 07, 2019

Ethiopia and Eritrea leaders embrace in Asmara during historic 8-9 July  2018 state visit

Efforts of Africa’s unity and regional integration are obstructed by continuing outside interference and destabilisation of the continent. 

 

Bombing operations by the United States military against the Horn of Africa state of Somalia have escalated during the course of 2018.

Once the administration of President Donald Trump came into office nearly two years ago, purported “restrictions” placed on Pentagon operations through the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) were lifted.

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Africa in review 2018, part II: Regional instability and the politics of underdevelopment

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | January 04, 2019

Cameroon demonstration in support of separation of Angolphone regions

Introduction

Over the last 12 months events on the African continent have reinforced the centuries-long relationship with the imperialist nations through the process of economic exploitation of human and natural resources, fuelling the profitability of the dominant forces within the world system. Although there are subtle and profound variations manifesting this reality in the 55 designated countries making up the African Union (AU), the similarities across the continent far outweigh the differences. Read More »

Africa in review 2018: Electoral politics, social stability and the need for genuine economic development

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | January 03, 2019

From the Democratic Republic of Congo to Sudan the need for continental solutions is apparent.

Introduction

There is much to be learned from developments on the African continent in 2018 where the nation states and masses of people are continuing their quest for authentic national liberation and unity. This is a first in a series of articles which highlight aspects of events on the continent, which point to the necessity of building an independent existence for working class, peasantry and youth that can guarantee a prosperous future free of the legacy of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism.

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South Africa: The ANC: The Story of a Liberation Movement That’s Lost Its Lustre

by Steven Friedman

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) celebrates its 107th birthday this year against a backdrop of an election campaign it’s likely to win handily – but which is likely to mask its longer-term decline.

January 8 is the day the ANC was founded. It observes it by issuing a statement compiled by its national executive committee which sets out its plans for the year. The statement, once the subject of endless analysis, is now often better at saying what the ANC would like to do than what it really will.

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South Africa: Mining conflicts multiply, as critics of “extractivism” gather in Johannesburg

by Patrick Bond

Pambazuka News | November 10, 2018

Photo source: Zambian Eye

The World Social Forum’s “Thematic Forum on Mining and Extractivism” convenes from 12-15 November 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, just after the Southern Africa People’s Tribunal on Transnational Corporations. In between, at the notorious 2012 massacre site on the platinum belt to the west, there is a launch of a new book – Business as Usual after Marikana– critical not only of the mining house Lonmin but of its international financiers and buyers.

This is the moment for a profoundly critical standpoint to take root, unhindered by ineffectual reformism associated with Corporate Social Responsibility gimmicks and the mining sector’s civilised-society watchdogging at the mainly uncritical Alternative Mining Indaba. That non-governmental organisations-dominated event occurs annually in Cape Town every February, at the same time and place where the extractive mega-corporations gather.

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Congo in the abyss

by Ann Garrison

Pambazuka News | October 29, 2018

Photo credit: Africa Faith and Justice Network

Ann Garrison spoke to Swiss Congolese historian and activist Bénédicte Kumbi Ndjoko about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ann Garrison:  On 12 February 2018, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that there were 4.49 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and 630,500 refugees in neighbouring countries. The IDP population had nearly doubled in the previous year alone, mainly as a result of clashes and armed attacks. It sounds like conditions on the ground in Congo are getting worse, much worse.

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