Category Archives: Africa

Stuffed and Starved: As Food Riots Break Out Across the Globe, Raj Patel Details “The Hidden Battle for the World Food System”

Democracy Now
Global food prices have risen dramatically, adding a new level of danger to the crisis of world hunger. In Africa, food riots have swept across the continent, with recent protests in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Senegal. In most of West Africa, the price of food has risen by 50 percent—in Sierra Leone, 300 percent. In the United States there has been a 41 percent surge in prices for wheat, corn, rice and other cereals over the past six months. We speak with Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. More

World Social Forum

Another Africa is not just possible, it has already begun – InterPress News Service
“Another Africa is not just possible, it has already begun. Africans have begun to articulate their issues in their own way, and to seek their own solutions to their own problems.”

Photos of the World day of Action – January 26th from various parts of our world.

For a complete report of the 2008 World Day of Action, download Terra Viva The Contents include:
  • More Thoughts than Action on Action Day
  • Diversity, a Birthright Waiting to be Recognized
  • Media Dyxlesia and the WSF
  • Post-Socialist Europe: Too Early for Global Worries
  • The World Cannot Stand Back from Colombia’s Tragedy
  • Crisis in Lebabon Costs Pall on WSF
  • Justice Street Performers in Santiago
  • India: From Reflection to Action
  • Burning Snow in Montreal
  • Eviction High on Atlanta Agenda
  • We Now Need Accomplishments
  • Davos Has Lost Its Arrogance
  • Taking Stands Is Vital for the WSF
  • Labour Has Still to Catch Up with the WSF
  • Native People and the World Social Forum
  • Everybody Leaves the Forum Happier, Wiser and Stronger

U.S. Congress Challenges AFRICOM

AFJN
By Beth Tuckey

This article was published by Foreign Policy in Focus on July 23, 2008.

Congress is finally taking up its constitutionally mandated duties of oversight and responsible budgeting – at least on U.S.-Africa policy. From humanitarian relief for northern Uganda to the Jubilee Act on debt relief, Congress is making some very important steps forward on the side of the African people. Although there have been a few major disappointments like the Farm Bill, the legislative branch is beginning to ask the right questions about responsible U.S. engagement with the African continent, particularly with regard to the U.S. military. More

Mugabe held hostage by party hawks and army

Daily Nation – Nairobi

Reports say General Constantine Chiwenga told Mugabe the army was not prepared to honour any arrangement that leaves Mr Tsvangirai as the dominant figure. Gen Chiwenga is the leader of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), which is made up heads of the army, police, prisons and intelligence that has effectively usurped power from Mr Mugabe since Mr Tsvangirai defeated him in the presidential election held on March 29. Another threat came from former liberation war fighters who are said to have ordered the 84 year-old president not to accept any power sharing deal with the opposition. More

Kenya: Struggling for peace

By Karen Allen
BBC News, Nairobi

When Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki signed a peace deal on 27 February, ending Kenya’s post-election violence, people took to the streets to celebrate.

The agreement, hammered out by Kofi Annan after weeks of political wrangling, paved the way for a grand coalition government. It was a breakthrough in a part of the world where traditionally winner takes all.