“The ravaging of Africa has been enriching Europe and North America for more than 500 years. First, European empires imposed slavery and colonialism on the continent. After 1945, the United States took over as the dominant neo-colonial power.
“African Resistance” celebrates the liberation of Southern Africa, the defeat of U.S. aims in the Congo and Somalia, as well as the diverse non-military struggles against U.S. domination that were represented at the World Social Forum.
Listen to “African Resistance” with Wahu Kaara, Amade Suca, Mfuni Kazadi, Farah Maalim, Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi, Emilie Atchaka and Njeru Munyi.”
Nigerian authorities banned motorcycle taxis and imposed a curfew on parts of Jos after a series of bomb blasts rocked the city at the weekend.
The Special Task Force, a team appointed to ensure peace reigns in Plateau state, announced the ban and curfew in a press statement on Sunday.
On Saturday night, bomb attacks rocked three television viewing centres in the state’s North Local Government Council, killing one person and injuring 14 others.
“The general public and the good people of Plateau should be informed that no motorcycle will be allowed to operate beyond 7pm within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis. Riding of motorcycles is only permitted from 6am to 7pm. This ban will be strictly enforced,’’ said the statement.
In addition, the Arewa Consultative Forum in Kaduna, a forum for northern leaders held a two-day peace conference where top leaders from the north denounced the deadly activities of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, a move many Nigerians think is coming rather too late.
Among northern leaders who attended the meeting were Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, former military Head of State Gen Yakubu Gowon and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
Although many northern leaders attended the event, the boycott by Middle Belt leaders and traditional rulers showed that the search for a united north was still out of sight.
And given Wednesday’s devastating explosion that killed about 15 people in Kaduna metropolis and Saturday’s bombings, northern leaders may have to add bite to their talks to wriggle the North out of the web of violence.
China on Thursday said it is not responsible for imposing ”actually existing” neo-colonialism on Africa, dismissing earlier reports by certain Western media outlets.
“China has always insisted upon a policy of self-sufficiency in grain. Instead of purchasing pilesof land in Africa, it has, to the best of its ability,
offered aid in agricultural technology to Africancountries and helped their agricultural production, as well as boosted the indigenousexploitation of their own natural resources and the capacity to cope with climate change andfood security,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing in Beijing.
There is a broad consensus among African nations that China is not pursuing a neo-colonialstrategy in Africa, Hong said.
He cited South African President Jacob Zuma’s earlier statement that Beijing is not colonizingthe continent, but rather is a strategic partner and vast contributor to improving livelihoods inhis country.
“Africa is victimized by agricultural neo-colonialism. It is the common responsibility of the globalcommunity to facilitate the sustainable development of African agriculture,” Hong said.
“China urges countries that have taken up and exploited vast amounts of land in Africa to makeconcrete moves so as to contribute to resolving the issue of food security in Africa,” he added.
China is Africa’s top trading partner, with bilateral trade growing more than 1,000 percentbetween 2000 and 2010.
During her visit to Zambia in June, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indirectly accusedChina of imposing ”new colonialism” in Africa.
The West ”seems unwilling, or unable, to respond” to changes in Africa, Francis Njubi Nesbitt, aprofessor at San Diego State University, wrote in an analysis for the Hong Kong-based AsiaTimes Online website on Wednesday.
“The United States and Europe seem stuck in neocolonial perspectives that continue to paintAfrica as an impoverished backwater that at most deserves sympathy and at worst contempt,”Nesbitt wrote.
A reader’s comment posted online in response to Friday’s New York Times article about Gulnaz’s pardon is typical. After expressing disbelief at the subjugation of women in “most of the Muslim world and large parts of Africa,” the reader added: “By the way, I must once again say how much I love America. We have our problems but boy, we do it right!!!!!!!!!!!!” Even the liberal Daily Kos observed, “We could never imagine anything like this happening here.”
But before we get too smug, we should recognize that our legal tradition has roots that are not all that different from those we condemn, and you don’t have to look too far back in history for outrageous examples. For example, it was only in 1980 that the California Legislature made it illegal for a husband to rape his wife. As late as the 1950s, the right of a husband to take his wife by force was enshrined in the laws of every state. As legal authority Rollin Perkins put it in 1957: “A man does not commit rape by having sexual intercourse with his lawful wife, even if he does so by force and against her will.” Shocking, yes, but that had been the law for millenniums. When a woman said “I do,” she was deemed to have given lifetime consent to her husband’s sexual demands.
Zimbabwe police detained a leading media rights activist on Tuesday in what analysts said was a new crackdown on critics of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party before possible general elections next year.
The Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) — a media lobby group — said its director Andy Moyse was arrested at his Harare office on charges of distributing subversive material, a day after the detention of two other MMPZ staffers in southern Zimbabwe under the country’s tough security laws.
The police searched the MMPZ offices for “material which comprises of DVDs containing Gukurahundi information”, an MMPZ statement said, referring to a 1980s military crackdown in Zimbabwe’s southern Matabeleleland and Midlands provinces when human rights groups say about 20 000 people were killed.
“In terms of the search warrant, the police purport that they have reasonable grounds to believe that MMPZ officers may have acted in breach [of the law] … that is, ‘publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the state’.”
The group said police seized DVDs calling on the media to contribute to peaceful elections through fair, accurate and balanced coverage of campaigns by political parties.
Zimbabwean police and the information ministry were not immediately available for comment.
A unity government formed by Mugabe and rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in 2009 opened up licences for private newspapers but critics say Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party is stalling further reforms and blocking private broadcasters.
Mugabe (87), in power since independence from Britain in 1980, says he wants to call elections next year to end the unity government that he was forced into after disputed polls in 2008.
Critics say Zanu-PF hardliners are leading a new crackdown on the party’s opponents, including targeting journalists in the private media.
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