Addressed to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, SADC President 2011.
1. We, the Catholic Bishops of IMBISA (Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Sao Tome e Principe, South Africa & Zimbabwe) gathered in Pretoria for our 9th Plenary Session, wish to address a very particular plea to the political leaders of the SADC region. We do this at a critical time in the life of the Zimbabwean Nation. We do this firstly and especially, out of a deep concern for the suffering people of Zimbabwe. Continue reading IMBISA Statement on Zimbabwe→
The World Social Forum (WSF) is alive and well. It just met in Dakar, Senegal from Feb. 6-11. By unforeseen coincidence, this was the week of the Egyptian people’s successful dethroning of Hosni Mubarak, which finally succeeded just as the WSF was in its closing session. The WSF spent the week cheering the Egyptians on – and discussing the meaning of the Tunisian/ Egyptian revolutions for their program of transformation, for achieving another world that is possible – possible, not certain. Continue reading The World Social Forum, Egypt, and Transformation→
Pambazuka News The author traces the roots of Black History Month and reflects on its significance. The predominant focus on slavery and the slave diaspora in the United States is symptomatic of the Western-centric nature of “black” history. This trend is not just limited to Black History Month but also too much of the teaching of history on the African continent. Both Black History Month and the history of Africa in general need to be decolonized and re-oriented to reflect African perspectives.Continue reading Black (or White?) History Month→
The push for elections by Mugabe could plunge Zimbabwe, still struggling to emerge from the rubble of the decade-long political crisis and economic meltdown, into a new cycle of instability and violence. The AU needs to dig its heels in deeper if it is to remain an authentic body.Continue reading AU demands free, fair Zimbabwe polls→
New York Times Summary & Comment:Adam Hochschild, known for his book “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa,” reflects on the legacy of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected president of the DRC. Hochschild traces the Congo’s history of violence, corruption and warfare, linking much of it back to Lumumba’s murder. He urges the United States to recognize their complicity in both the assassination of Lumumba and the subsequent propping up of dictator Joseph Mobutu. Ultimately, Hochschild sees Lumumba’s death as a moment that has since colored the Congo’s history, demonstrating the dangers of foreign involvement for self-interested purposes. Continue reading In Congo, an assassination’s long shadow→