Verden har stadigvæk ondt i klimaet efter COP19

I sin åbningstale, havde COP19-konferencens præsident, som også er Polsk miljøminister, Marcin Korolec, sagt at ”vi er ved at tabe den ulige kamp mellem mennesket og naturen”. Bare han og de øvrige deltagere havde taget dette udsagn alvorligt.

Klimakonferencen er et årligt møde, hvor verdens stater – under pres fra lobbyister fra et stort antal firmaer – i princippet søger at vedtage en plan for klimapolitikken under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Jeg skriver i princippet, fordi årets klimakonference viste sig at være endnu en forspildt chance, hvor verdens ledere igen satte politisk vanetænkning, vækstdrevet forbrugskultur, og kortsigtede interesser for de store firmaer højere end at afværge en truende økologisk katastrofe. Read more of this post

Swazier på besøg under kommunalvalg

”I mit land, Swaziland, kan de lokale myndigheder ikke implementere deres egne politikker, fordi kongen kontrollerer alt. Under kommunalvalget i Danmark, derimod, så vi hvordan valgprocessen er velorganiseret og gennemsigtig, og hvordan politikerne er ansvarlige overfor befolkningen”, fortæller Mario Masuku.

Han er præsident for det forbudte People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), som er det største parti i det lille enevældige monarki Swaziland, og han besøgte sammen med organisationssekretæren Wonder Mkhonta Danmark i denne uge, for bl.a. at følge kommunalvalget. Read more of this post

PUDEMO follows Danish municipal elections

“I am surprised that Danish political parties are always looking for consensus. The ownership and respect for the process by the Danish people shows – why can’t we learn from that. We come from the old British political system where we are always contesting.” The President of Swaziland’s largest political party, the People’s United Democratic Movement, Mario Masuku, is speaking from a polling station in Gladsaxe, a suburb of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.

Together with PUDEMO’s Organising Secretary, Wonder Mkhonta, he visited Denmark this week to follow the municipal elections. The two Swazis were invited by the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy and the Danish political party the Red-Green Alliance. Read more of this post

We are not victims, says Swaziland’s gay movement

“When we are talking about gay issues in Swaziland, people are uneasy. They know we are there but they deny it,” says Sibusiso Masango, Secretary General of Swazi Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organization, House of Our Pride (HOOP). “There is discrimination and we struggle when for instance applying for jobs.”

“In Swaziland, LGBT acts are seen as ungodly, unacceptable, and illegal and there are no laws against discrimination against LGBT,” a report published earlier in the year by HOOP’s partner organization, SWAPOL, said.

Swaziland’s Prime Minister, Barnabas Dlamini, has called homosexuality “an abnormality and a sickness,” and LGBT people “who are open about their sexual orientation and relationships face censure and exclusion from the chiefdom-based patronage system, Read more of this post

Coca-Cola promises to protect land rights of farmers, also in Swaziland

“The Coca-Cola Company commits to zero tolerance for land grabbing,” Coca-Cola said in a statement last week, the company promising to stop all business dealings with subsidiaries that are involved in land grabs, where land is taken from poor people in developing countries without their consent.

The move comes after 250,000 people had signed a petition in connection with international NGO Oxfam’s campaign for food and beverage companies such as Coca-Cola to respect the land rights of local communities, and Oxfam had “found evidence of land grabs and disputes by companies that supply sugar for Coca-Cola” – the world’s largest buyer of sugar. Read more of this post

EU’s frieri til Marokko forlænger brutal kolonisering af Vestsahara

Der sker meget i forhold til det af Marokko-besatte Vestsahara i øjeblikket i EU – ting der alle risikerer yderligere at legitimere og forlænge Marokkos brutale kolonisering af Vestsahara.

Det er bare ikke meget af dette, der bliver omtalt i mainstreammedierne eller i den bredere danske offentlighed, selvom menneskerettighedssituationen for Vestsaharas oprindelige befolkning, Saharawierne, er stærkt kritisabel, og selvom de over 150,000 Saharawier som bor i flygtningelejre uden for Vestsahara i stigende grad sulter og lider af fejlernæring. Read more of this post

New film shows dark side of Swaziland, but also light at the end of the tunnel

The newly released film “The King and the People”, directed by Zimmedia owner Simon Bright, gives an historic insight into the tiny absolute kingdom of Swaziland, and it shows the brutal nature of the regime that runs the country, as well as the pervasive corruption, lack of media and other freedoms, poverty and inequality.

But the film also shows the growing hope of a more democratic and equal society that is epitomized by the country’s democratic movement, unions and civil society. Read more of this post