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***Sokwanele on secret talks between SA and Zimbabwe VPs?

Channel Four News has uncovered a secret meeting between the Zimbabwe vice president – Joyce Mujuru, a leading contender to take over from Robert Mugabe, and the South African vice president, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in Johannesburg. Watch the report here. It includes footage of an interview with Archbishop Pius Ncube

The talk in SA over the past few days has been this meeting and the interview with Archbishop Pius Ncube who is not all impressed and doesnt appear to trust Zim’s VP, Joyice Mujuru. He also suggests mass peaceful protests of people power in the streets against Mugabe. So is this the End Game as the Mail and Guardian called it last week – he doesnt think it is quite there yet but it must be done. Or do we wait for Angolan troops to start killing Zimbabwean citizens before the weak defenders of Mugabe take some serious action against the man.

*** African Women’s Blog

Sexuality and Social Justice is an exhibition of 10 portraits with audio and text based interviews from the World Social Forum in January 2007.

The exhibition pays tribute to activists who are doing brave work with sexuality and social justice in diverse ways. It was created during the days of the WSF with Gabrielle Le Roux approaching inspiring people who were saying particularly ground breaking things and asking them if they were willing to sit for a portrait and be interviewed by Sokari Ekine.

Pambazuka News – Solidarity with Cite Soleil in Haiti

Jacques Depelchin challenges global citizens to make links between poverty across the world both historically and in the present day: From Cite Soleil in Haiti; to Abalhali in Durban, South Africa; Kibera, in Nairobi, Kenya; Maroko in Lagos, Nigeria; and Ndjili in Kinshasa, DRC……..Cité Soleil, where President Jean-Bertrand Aristide trained himself, beyond the reach of the mindset of the Haitian elite and beyond the bureaucratized seminarian teachings of love which sterilize at the same time as the teachings are going on.

But it was through such tight embracing solidarity with the poor people of Haiti, and not just those of Cité Soleil that President Aristide broke the comforting and comfortable chains of charity. Which is also why politician theoreticians, theologians and ideologues of all stripes, and from opposite corners, do not, or pretend not to, know where he belongs. Why, one hears them thinking, does he side with losers?

***New Statesman – Revolutionary Threads of Slavery

Darcus Howe on the birth of Caribbean nationalism & Slave revolts…..

“A little before I came thence, there was such a combination amongst them, as the like was never seen there before. Their sufferings being grown to a great height, and their daily complainings to one another being spread throughout the island, resolved to break through it, or dye in the act; and so conspired with some others of their acquaintance, resolved to draw as many of the discontented into this plot, as possible as they could; and those of this perswasion, were the greatest numbers of Servants in the Island. So that a day was appointed to fall upon their Masters, and cut all their throats, and by that means, to make themselves [not] only freemen, but Masters of the Island.”

*** Black Commentator “Racists in Recovery”

Molly Secours on white people facing their racist selves…

What if white people stopped obsessing over whether or not we are “racist” or defending ourselves so vigorously lest someone confuse us for a real racist. What if we were to just accept that yes, indeed, we are probably racist and that there is a better than average chance that we have internalized racist notions of superiority and and entitlement and that only to the degree that we commit to “recovering” from being racist – through our actions – can we ever hope to become less racist?

What if collectively our goal was to disrupt covert racist practices and policies in all institutions that continue to marginalize people of color so that by the end of our life we will have become “less racist”, thereby taking a bite out of systemic racism?

Indeed What If?


10th Erase Racism Carnival is up

* Race and Racism in the Media and Pop Culture
* Race, Racism and Parenting
* Alliance-Building in Fighting Racism
* Oppression and Discrimination
* White Supremacy and White Privilege

The Erase Racism Carnival is a collection of blog posts dedicated to creating a world free of racism. The Carnival is published around the 20th of every month. The idea is to get more people blogging and/or reading about creating a world free of racism. It’s also a great way to get new readers for your blog. If you would like to host a future edition, check for availability at Ally Work- Erase Racism Carnival.

***Amatomu – South African Blog Aggregator

Launched by the South African weekly “The Mail & Guardian” this is an excellent project bringing all South African bloggers into one space. Nonetheless what the M&G needs to be doing and other established SA bloggers and techies is to find ways to support and encourage more African and people of colour in South Africa to start blogging. The Open Cafe in Potchefstroom has made some strides in this direction but Potchesfstroom is a small town and what is needed are Cafe projects like this in the urban centers but even more so in townships. As the majority of the non white population live in townships it only makes sense to start there rather in downtown Joburg or Cape Town. Back to the aggregator – the only thing wrong is I cannot find a RSS feed which seems a very odd omission.

***Women of Color Blog – RWOC theorists

There are many reasons why radical women of color theorists are heard from so little, even though their academic output has been intense and significant, especially since several women of color post colonial theorists have created a space in which radical women of color theory is taken seriously. A lot of it has to do with the restriction of woman of color theory to “ethnic studies” classes (even within women’s studies departments!), a lot of it has to do with white feminist theorists failure to engage on any critical level with women of color theory, a lot of it has to do with men of color theorists out right refusal to support the dykes in the women’s studies departments.

A [so far] excellent 6 part series on radical women of colour theorists including : No African women on the list so far but hopefully in the future she will inlcude such writers as Nomboniso Gasa, Pumla Dineo Gqola, Yevette Abrahams, Amina Mama, Ayesha Imam, Ifi Amadiume

***Bab’s House –
A Naija Blog with lots of rooms, ideas and fun

The best things in life are dangerous! And the more stupid things are more dangerous -I have been writing this for a few days and it seems to be getting longer and longer – now I am very very tired and I think it is finally ended.

Finally but not least ***Kameelah has a bunch of photos from the Human Rights Day march in Joburg this week – the day on which the shackdwellers in Durban were assaulted and dragged out of their homes by the police in the middle of the night –


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