Category: Society

How 1960s Algeria Became a “Mecca for revolutionaries”

In the 1960s Algeria promoted itself as a “Mecca for revolutionaries.” Allegedly, it was not uncommon to run into freedom fighters such as Nelson Mandela and Amilcar Cabral on the streets of Algiers. And in 1969 the city hosted the pan-African festival of culture, Panaf, which brought together many liberations movements from the “Global South” that based their struggles on...

Building Resilience Far from Home: Communal Democracy Practices amongst Urban Congolese Refugees in Uganda

Under a midday blazing sun in Kampala, we are driving hesitantly over the newly paved roads of Nsambya and Katwe suburb. A pedestrian signals us to stop and ask; “are you looking for the Congolese place perhaps?” I nod, stunned.  We are soon into the compound of «Centre Scolaire Congolais”; a dusty ground that comprise a rustic main house and surrounded by droopy...

Donate a Dollar to Rape a Child in Africa By Farida Bemba Nabourema

  Katie Myler, I never heard of the name till yesterday and luckily so. Although she is supposedly famous in the “African charity industry,” a multi-billion-dollar capitalism driven economy abusively called philanthropism, I never got the bad luck to stumble upon her and the “amazing” work she had been doing saving the poor children of Africa. Since my college years...

No No Keshagesh*

Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service “Keshagesh means Greedy Guts.  It’s what you call a little puppy who eats his own food and then wants everybody else’s.” –Buffy Sainte-Marie How do we really feel about greed, the inordinate and insatiable longing for unneeded excess wealth?  It’s generally considered socially and morally undesirable.  So why are gross expressions of greed not...

Rethinking the Ethiopian privatisation

Introduction The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has indicated that the privatisation of certain state-owned enterprises (SOEs) is imminent. In August 2018, an advisory board has been established, and the team is expected to get support from legal, finance and accounting experts. However, the Prime Minister has been silent about broader economic liberalisation, including state ownership of land,...

Haiti roots of an uprising

By Robert Roth “The cauldron of corruption and lies has been boiling non-stop 24 hours a day. The time has come to overturn it, for Haitians to begin to see the light of peace. Haiti is for all Haitians.” – Fanmi Lavalas statement, July 8, 2018. (Fanmi Lavalas is the party of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s first democratically elected...