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African Women Writing Resistance

An Anthology of Contemporary Voices

Edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez , Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho, Anne Serafin, £16.95, 360 pages.
Confronting entrenched social inequality and inadequate access to resources, women across Africa are working with determination and imagination to improve their material conditions and (…)

, by Grain

There can be no justifications for land grabbing!

“There can be no justifications for land grabbing!” social movements and CSOs tell World Bank, UN agencies and governments
17 April 2011
Today, on the International Day of Peasant Struggles, prominent farmers, fisherfolk, human rights and research organisations have sharply criticised the (…)

, by OpenDemocracy

Refolution in the Arab world

A new word is needed to describe these events of recent months. They should be called ‘refolutions’, radical refusals of the old choice between reform and revolution - remarkably sensitive to the grave dangers and high costs of using violent means to get their way.
Great revolutionary (…)

, by IPS

Responsible travel means not "haggling over wooden beads"

By Hilaire Avril

Tourism as a concern found its way onto the agenda of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro because of its potential for development but also due to its adverse effects on some populations and natural resources, particularly in Africa.
Sustainable tourism was defined at the summit as tourism (…)

, by Pambazuka

Smoke and mirrors: The case of Egypt and Ethiopia

By Yohannes Woldemariam

The dramatic upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Libya and Yemen show what huge numbers of ordinary citizens can do when they rally bravely for democracy and human rights. In Egypt, we have witnessed the downfall of a seemingly invincible dictator, but as of yet the regime he erected (…)

, by Electronic Intifada

Gaza rally draws a diverse crowd calling for unity

By Rami Almeghari

Youth protests in Gaza continue to unfold after a call to rally was put out by Palestinian youth calling for an end to political division and for national unity.
A large rally was held on 15 March in Gaza City, followed by another at a university campus and one at the premises of the UN agency (…)

, by Tehelka

Jaitapur nuclear plant still far from being accepted

Lock-ups, prisons and court cases have become an integral part of the lives of Jaitapur’s residents. The scenic village in Maharashtra, which is to be home to the world’s biggest nuclear plant, has virtually turned into a state of dystopia. The people of the five villages that would be affected (…)

, by WALLERSTEIN Immanuel

The World Social Forum, Egypt, and Transformation

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 (…)

, by Electronic Intifada

Egypt’s revolution and Israel: "Bad for the Jews"

Ilan Pappe

The view from Israel is that if they indeed succeed, the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions are bad, very bad. Educated Arabs — not all of them dressed as "Islamists," quite a few of them speaking perfect English whose wish for democracy is articulated without resorting to "anti-Western" rhetoric (…)

, by Al Masry al youm

Women revolutionaries hope for greater say in post-Mubarak Egypt

In the days following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians have begun to outline the characteristics of their ideal country. The “New Egypt” will be clean, it will lack discrimination, it will be corruption-free. The initiative is the beginning of a push for specific demands that (…)

, by CETRI

What next for Egypt?

by Lakhdar Ghettas

If there was ever a better time to read ‘Egypt: The Moment of Change’, a book edited by Rabab El Mahdi and Philip Marfleet which was launched in front of a packed audience at SOAS in 2009, then it is now. Made up of chapters by eight Egyptian and British academics, it catalogues the explosive (…)

Peoples Movement Assembly on Palestine

Dakar, Senegal, February 10, 2011

In Dakar, Senegal the Peoples ‘ movement Assembly on Palestine convenes at the World Social Forum (WSF) at a time of intense popular struggle in Palestine against Israeli apartheid, colonization and occupation, and for full implementation of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. For (…)

, by Al jazeera

Inception: Dreams of revolution

by Larbi Sadiki

The idea of democratisation planted in Egyptian minds is beyond containment, yet Mubarak continues to resist.
The realist terminology of the ’domino effect’ does not capture the agency that Arabs are today assuming to unseat Arab hegemons, from Cairo to Sana’a.
This agency is unshackling (…)

, by Frontline

Resisting indignity

Safai karmacharis (manual scavengers) are set to end their two-decade-long movement for a life of dignity on a victorious note. As revellers across the world prepare to celebrate the end of the first decade of the new millennium and the start of a new year, a million women across India will be (…)

, by Outlook India

Navigators Of Change

As government, corporates seek to engage with NGOs, they gain new significance

The jholawala is the latest lobbyist in town. He or she has top policymakers on speed-dial, is now feted by the media and sought out by companies eager to promote ‘India Inclusive’. It’s a remarkable, even heady, transformation. For long derided as irrelevant trouble-making activists largely (…)

Sponge iron’s dirty growth

Sugandh Juneja

In the years to come, India’s expanding steel production will be largely driven by sponge iron. But its manufacturing process, based on coal, is highly polluting. The repercussions are already visible near sponge iron factories which have mushroomed in iron ore- and coal-rich areas. People are (…)

, by United Nations University

The Dark Side of Globalization

Edited by Jorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur, 320 pages, 35 Dollars US

Seen by some as a desirable and irreversible engine of prosperity and progress, globalization is resisted by others as the soft underbelly of a corporate imperialism that plunders and profiteers in the global marketplace. Globalization has brought many benefits, including the reduction of (…)

, by Tehelka

Still No Country For Good Men

The Binayak Sen story has been about sending out a message, not facts or justice.

On 24 December 2010, Dr Binayak Sen — a man who has now become a cause célèbre across the country — was sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, for “conspiracy to commit sedition”. Sen had worked for 30 years with the tribal poor in the state both as a doctor (…)

, by Frontline

A case of freedom

Two recent judicial interventions on the exercise of freedom of expression have given rise to some uneasiness. Judge Navita Kumari Bagha, Metropolitan Magistrate of the Patiala Courts, New Delhi, delivered on November 27 a 12-page order that sought to reverse years of free-speech jurisprudence (…)