Tre europæiske hjælpearbejdere kidnappet i flygtningelejr i Algeriet

Ifølge en repræsentant fra den Afrikanske Union, er tre hjælpearbejdere fra henholdsvis Spanske og Italienske NGOer blevet kidnappet af Al-Qaeda i en flygtningelejr nær Tindouf i Algeriet den 22. oktober.

Jean Ping, som er formand for den Afrikanske Unions kommission, udtalte forleden i en pressemeddelelse, at bortførelsen af hjælpearbejderne var udført af ”militante fra Al-Qaeda”, og opfordrede landene i Magreb-regionen i Nordafrika til at samarbejde i kampen mod terrorisme. Read more of this post

Madvaner, børnebøger, og moderne filosofi skaber dyremishandling, global opvarmning, og sult

En glad ko, der græsser frit på marken. En gris der boltrer sig i mudderet. Et barn der leger med et kæledyr. Babyværelser, børnehaver, og skoler er fyldt med idealiserede billeder og bøger af dyrenes liv, der slet ikke står mål med hvordan vi egentlig behandler 99% af vores landbrugsdyr, eller fortæller historien om hvordan vores landbrugsproduktionsform skader miljøet og er en medvirkende årsag til den vedvarende sultkatastrofe i verden.

Det er mærkeligt at vores forestilling om dyr kan ændre sig så markant fra barndommen til vores voksne liv, samt fra den ene kategori af dyr – kæledyr, til den anden – de dyr vi spiser. Børn – og voksne for den sags skyld – har to indbyrdes uforenelige syn på dyr der henholdsvis kan, og ikke kan, spises. Read more of this post

Morocco continues attacks on Western Sahara’s population

Morocco’s Human Rights record in occupied Western Sahara has always been poor. But since the peaceful protest by ten of thousands of Saharawis (Western Sahara’s indigenous population) near El Aaiun in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara in October last year– the so-called Gdeim Izik protest camp that was the largest ever protest in the occupied territories – this record is becoming increasingly poor.

On September 25 this year, Moroccan settlers and security forces again attacked peacefully protesting Saharawis, this time in Dakhla in occupied Western Sahara. Many were injured in these attacks, including women and children, and 28-year-old Saharwi activist Maichan Mohamed Lamin Lehbib was assassinated by Moroccan forces, according to the Saharawi liberation movement, Polisario. Read more of this post

Letter to SA minister: Ensure Maxwell’s release and dismantling of Tinkundla

The Free Maxwell Campaign has written an open letter to Jeffrey Radebe, South African Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, to “inquire into is the illegal interrogation, and according to COSATUs website, the additional torture, of Swazi student leader Maxwell Dlamini” on September 30.

The letter also asked the South African government to help dismantle the undemocratic Tinkundla system in Swaziland. Read more of this post

Ny regering lover reelt støtte til Vestsahara i regeringsgrundlag

Regeringsgrundlaget for den nye S-SF-R-regering fra oktober dækker såvel udviklingspolitik, udenrigspolitik, og menneskerettighederne – alle emner som har relevans for beboerne i Afrikas sidste koloni, det Marokkansk besatte Vestsahara. Og hvis man læser ordlyden i sammenhæng med den over tredive år gamle konflikt i Vestsahara, kan man ikke komme uden om, at Danmark med regeringsgrundlaget i hånden reelt lover at reagere langt mere offensivt overfor Marokko, end tidligere regeringer har fundet nødigt. Read more of this post

Almindelige mennesker må organisere sig for at forandre verden

Aktive medborgere der organiserer sig, ikke passiviserede individer, kan forandre verden fra at være et sted hvor 20.000 dør af sult-relaterede årsager hver dag, og hvor milliarder ingen reel indflydelse har på deres hverdag.

Sådanne reelle forbedringer for fattige mennesker kræver stærke medlemsbaserede bevægelser i Syd, der modsvares af reelle forandringer af det globale system, såsom retfærdige udenrigspolitikker, Tobin-skat (afgift på internationale finansielle transaktioner), eller demokratiserede eller afskaffede Bretton-Woods institutioner (IMF og Verdensbanken), presset igennem af kampagner og fortalervirksomhed i Nord.

Hverken markedet eller staten fungerer nemlig til gunst for generel velfærd og fattige mennesker, medmindre de organiserer sig og opnår politisk gennemslagskraft. Read more of this post

Swazi political prisoners interrogated by South African police

In a strange twist to the case of student leader Maxwell Dlamini and political activist Musa Ngubeni, both awaiting trial for allegedly being in possession of explosives in connection with the democratic uprising in Swaziland in April, they were interrogated by what appeared to be hired South African police investigators.

The two had previously been detained, interrogated and allegedly tortured by Swazi police to confess to charges that the Swazi democratic movement call ludicrous. Read more of this post

Swazi student leader tortured, framed

Press release from the Free Maxwell Dlamini Campaign

Students and other young people are at the forefront of the democratic uprisings of 2011 around the world. They have been the main instigators of demanding democracy in North Africa. This has been covered extensively in the media.

What has been less focused upon is the simultaneous uprising in Swaziland – an absolute monarchy where all political parties are banned, where life expectancy is under 40 years, where youth unemployment is sky-high, and where two thirds of the population survive on less than a dollar a day – many on food aid from the UN.

The unions and the Swazi students’ union, SNUS, have been at the forefront of the Swazi uprising, which is why Swazi police have clamped down on them in particular. Swazi Student leader and SNUS president, Maxwell Dlamini, was pre-emptively detained and allegedly tortured by Swazi police Read more of this post

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