The voice of the poor and oppressed in Swaziland

Mkho DlaminiAre you tired of reading books, reports or articles by middle-aged, middle-class professors, authors, NGO-employees or journalists (like me) about how poverty-stricken Africans feel about or should react to their poverty?

Are you tired of seeing these Africans (who after all live in over 50 different countries and speak over 1000 languages) represented in a generalized way or in a way where we subconsciously (but falsely) come to believe the fact that they are silent, helpless victims that need our help and guidance? Read more of this post

De kalder min far for terrorist

Mzwandile (centre) with his mother and father at his graduation in 2007Mzwandile Masuku voksede op med lyden af gøende politihunde klokken fire om natten, bevæbnede politimænd der gennemsøgte hans hus under morgenmaden, og en far han ofte måtte besøge i fængslet. I de sidste ti måneder har hans far Mario igen siddet bag tremmer.

Mario Masuku er præsident for det forbudte parti Pudemo. Han er anklaget for terrorisme, og har været tilbageholdt siden maj for at have råbt ”viva Pudemo” under en førstemaj-tale i Manzini, Swaziland, sidste år. En ytring som anklagemyndigheden kalder ”en trussel for hele nationen”. Read more of this post

Kan man fjernstyre børn?

skole (2)Der er sket et skred i både menneskesynet og synet på læring i Danmark. 200 års stigende fokus på kvalitet, kreativitet og selvstændig tænkning i undervisningen i folkeskolen er blevet afløst af regneark, Pisa-test og økonomisk nyttetænkning.

Dermed står vi med et læringssyn, der rækker helt tilbage til folkeskolens fødsel, hvor folkeskoleloven fra 1814 beskrev målet med undervisningen som det at give eleverne kundskaber og færdigheder ”som er dem nødvendige for at blive nyttige borgere i staten”. Read more of this post

They call my father a terrorist

Mzwandile Masuku’s childhood in Swaziland included barking police dogs at 4 o’clock in the morning, armed police raiding his family’s house while he ate breakfast, and visiting his father Mario Masuku in prison. For the past ten months he has to visit his father in prison yet again.

Mario Masuku, the long-time President of banned political party Pudemo, has been charged with terrorism and held in prison without bail since May. His crime: shouting “viva Pudemo” Read more of this post

UN and ANC legitimise colonisation

Officials from the United Nations, the African National Congress and an array of mostly former but also present world leaders have participated in the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara, to the delight of the colonizer, Morocco.

The Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, and former French Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, chaired the opening ceremony and a workshop, Read more of this post

I Gladsaxe er borgmesteren da kvinde

1915 var året hvor kvinder fik stemmeret til folketingsvalgene. Det var også året hvor den første rutebil kørte gennem Gladsaxe, fra Søborg til Bispebjerg. Førhen havde man skulle gå eller ride til byen, og Gladsaxe havde i det hele taget et lidt ’wild west’ præg på denne tid.

Spoler vi hundrede år frem, er Gladsaxe en velfærdskommune på forkant med moderne trafikale forhold, samt en af de kommuner med forholdsmæssigt flest kvindelige byrådsmedlemmer. Tolv af Gladsaxe byråds 25 medlemmer er i dag kvinder. Read more of this post

Life sentence of ill-treatment for fighting Africa’s last colonial power

Sidahmed LemjayedA life-sentence in prison, torture and a lack of medical treatment is the price Sidahmed Lemjayed and 22 of his fellow Saharawis have had to pay for fighting for independence and against the exploitation of resources in their homeland, Western Sahara.

“Saharawi political prisoners are daily exposed to systematic torture and ill-treatment, harassment, medical neglect and other abusive treatment”, the Committee for Supporting the UN Settlement Plan and the Protection of Natural Resources in Western Sahara (CSPRON) said in a statement last week. Read more of this post

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