Posted on behalf of Isabella Matambanadzo, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
As the commemorations for International Women’s Day draw nearer, I am inspired to write to you all about the legacy Sekai Holland and Grace Kwinjeh have made to our movement. I realise that in their immediate roles they are largely seen as representatives of opposition politics, but that is not where they have always been located, and it is certainly not what I wish to focus on through this email.
The situation in Zimbabwe has become very oppressive – not universally, but in isolated areas – an indication perhaps of the opposition re-engaging in the high density areas for the impending presidential (and possibly parliamentary) elections next year.
This time round though, it would appear that some of the opposition activists have decided to use violence themselves. Although understandable, it is worrying to consider the consequences of their actions which have not been particularly disciplined or well thought out. The police and army here are bad at the best of times – now with the "justification" of avenging their own injured we could expect to see even more aggravated assault.
The crisis in Zimbabwe worsens as the state attacked its citizens on Sunday 11 March 2007 which resulted in the death of Gift Tandare. To follow events as they unfold, visit our index page on Strikes and Protests in Zimbabwe in 2007.
Montreal-based Alternatives is in the final sprint to release a report on the development of internet infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The feasibility report by this APC member focuses on the set-up of a national internet backbone as well as on the content of a national information and communication technology policy for Africa’s third largest country.
1. EASSy: MAPPING THE PLAYERS – EASSy stakeholder analysis by Abiodun Jagun – Interview with Edmund Katiti, the policy and regulatory advisor to NEPAD’s e-Africa Commission – Interview with Isidoro Pedro da Silva, CRASA’s executive secretary – CIPESA speaks to Uganda Telecom’s Donald Nyakairu – What’s in a name? The controversy over the EASSy name change
AFRICAN STRUGGLES, GLOBAL STRUGGLES
Social Movements Assembly at the World Social Forum
Nairobi, 24 January 2007
More than 2000 activists loudly and energetically endorsed this statement at the Social Movements Assembly in Nairobi.
Monga, is a famine like situation most strongly observed in several northern districts of Bangladesh, has been recurring every year for decades. The two months of monga between September and October is marked by a dire lack of food, which arises due to the absence of non-agricultural employment and the agricultural lean season coinciding. The misery of millions of poor people for years on end, is, in fact and essentially, not an economic problem but a political one. A new book on this and the politics of aid… released at the WSF by APC’s Bangladesh member VOICE.
Wahu is small and charismatic when she more yells than talks. “Africa is not poverty, Africa is not HIV, Africa is not dying. Africa is the human spirit. Another Africa is possible. We are refusing to die. Let me hear you audience; another Africa is possible. Let us welcome all our guests to Nairobi.”
The private yet very important room! The toilet is one room that every human being — regardless of race, social status or gender — can never avoid. To most people, visiting the washroom requires high degree of secrecy. Yet, often, this secrecy is seldom given priority especially in public places.
The frequent power cuts and lack of internet has affected the coverage of the seventh edition of the World Social Forum. The following are voices of journalists on the ground at the Kasarani Media Centre, in Nairobi. Read the exclusive comments by journalists on the ground.