Ny protestlejr i det besatte Vestsahara

Mandag startede 30-40 arbejdsløse saharawier fra kolonien Vestsahara en protestlejr i ørkenen, for at protestere imod kolonimagten Marokkos jobmæssige diskrimination imod dem og udplyndringen af deres naturresurser.

En lignede protestlejr, den såkaldte Gdeim Izik-lejr i 2010, endte med at tiltrække op imod 15.000 saharawier, Vestsaharas oprindelige befolkning. Lejren blev ryddet med vold og magt af marokkanske tropper, og dannede grundlaget for retssager imod arrangørerne Read more of this post

Why can’t I vote?

Why can’t I – a British citizen living abroad – register to vote in the next UK general elections, and why must I thus be denied the right to help determine the future of my country, and how it acts internationally, at a time when my vote matters more than ever?

I was born a British citizen in 1972 and have remained one to this day, although I have lived outside the UK (where I grew up in Cambridgeshire) since 1980. I eat marmite on my toast, dream and swear in English, and hope England do well at every World Cup and Euro finals, even though they always end up underachieving.  Read more of this post

Sukker har en bitter eftersmag i Swaziland

En stor del af det lille enevældige kongedømme Swazilands indtjening kommer fra sukkerindustrien. Men mange af de fattige subsistensbønder i landets ”sukkerbælte” er blevet smidt væk fra deres jord, for at gøre plads til kongens storbrug.

I mange år har de fleste indbyggere i Swaziland været bange for at kritisere landets enevældige konge Mswati III offentligt. Dette kunne nemlig føre til alt fra tortur og fængselsstraf til at man fik frataget sin jord. Read more of this post

The consumerists have no future

One of a million bands emboldened by the laissez-faire possibilities of the internet and studio time, made possible by cheap home studio equipment, no-hopers ‘the consumerists’ are something of a contradiction.

With a name like “the consumerists” and lyrics such as “never fight, your world is wonderful, as long as you always give in,” from the ironic “Give In,” “middle-finger, closed doors” from “Waste Away”, or “endless lies, bitter truths, you are the product” from “The Product,” the band is trying to reach and inform a generation brought up on X-Factor, Facebook and shopping-mall consumerism. Read more of this post

Socialist Youth call for democracy in Swaziland now

The International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) is calling for governments, regional bodies and multilaterals to pressurize the Swazi regime to introduce multiparty elections in the absolute monarchy of Swaziland.

“We are appealing to democratic governments, regional bodies, and multilateral institutions to raise the issue of Swaziland and hold the authoritarian regime accountable. We call for political and economic pressure on the regime … [and] a peaceful transition to democracy,” the IUSY wrote in a resolution passed at the IUSY World Council held in Rosario, Argentina last week. Read more of this post

Den Afrikanske Union vil mægle mellem Vestsahara og Marokko

Den Afrikanske Union vil mægle direkte mellem to af unionens medlemslande, Vestsahara og Marokko, for at sikre den folkeafstemning om Vestsaharas tilhørsforhold, som den marokkanske koloni er blevet lovet siden 1991.

Vestsahara-konflikten har mere eller mindre stået i stampe siden våbenhvilen mellem Vestsaharas befrielsesbevægelse Polisario og Marokko i 1991, efter at Marokko invaderede landet i 1975, og de to lande var i krig i 16 år. Read more of this post

African Union to mediate between Western Sahara and Morocco

The African Union will facilitate direct talks between two of its member states, Western Sahara and Morocco, in order to secure a referendum on the status of Western Sahara, a territory that has been colonized by Morocco since 1975.

The Western Sahara conflict has been unresolved and in a deadlock more or less since the ceasefire between Western Sahara’s liberation movement Polisario and Morocco in 1991. Read more of this post