Africa

Ayanda Kota on South Africa 2012

 

 

In March this year, WBAI AfrobeatRadio spoke to Ayanda Kota, Chair of the Unemployed People's Union in Grahamstown, South Africa about South Africa as it is now, in 2012.  In this excerpt, he described it as the realization of what slain South African writer and activist Stephen Biko had predicted.  His description resonates with news of the police massacre of striking mine workers, on 08.16.2012, at the Lonmin Mining Corporation's Marikana platinum mine.

Ayanda Kota had, in March, spoken of almost daily land evictions and, after the Marikana massacre, University of Capetown Professor Gavin Capps told Democracy Now that its context was land loss, and the destruction of rural communities caused by a platinum mining boom that began in the late 1990s.

 

Clinton, Kagame, Rwanda, and Congo

 

KPFA Evening News, 07.21.2012

Bill Clinton traveled to Rwanda within weeks of the UN Panel of Experts on Congo's report that Paul Kagame's Rwandan regime is behind the M23 militia that has resumed the war in D.R. Congo. 

 

Criminalizing human rights: Barbara Allimadi on Museveni's Uganda

 

On 07.07.2012, human rights activist Barbara Allimadi spoke to AfrobeatRadio about the ban on public assembly, the ban on 38 local and international human rights organizations accused of "promoting homosexuality," and other human rights abuses in Uganda, one of the U.S.A.'s most longstanding allies and "military partners," more colloquially known as proxies. On WBAI, 99.5fm-New York City, and wbai.org streaming online.

 

Barbara Allimadi surrounded by Ugandan police during one of her many recent arrests.

 

 

AfrobeatRadio: Chokwe Lumumba on Mississippi's Black Power Potential

Human rights attorney, Jackson, Mississippi Ward #2 City Councilor, and mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba with two of his most famous clients, Gladys and Jamie Scott.

AfrobeatRadio spoke with Jackson, Mississippi City Councilor and mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba, on 

WBAI-N.Y.C., 99.5fm, streaming at wbai.org, on 06.23.2012.

The State of Mississippi is still deeply scarred by one of the most savage periods in U.S. history, the Slave South, during which whites owned African slaves, their children, and the product of their labor, primarily on labor intensive plantations growing rice, sugar, tobacco, and most of all, cotton. Demographically, Mississippi remains roughly 40% Black, and, the poorest state in the U.S., with the highest rates of poverty in Black communities.The Mississippi State flag still contains the flag of the Confederacy, 11 Southern slave states who fought to secede from the U.S. to prevent slavery's abolition, from 1861 to 1865. And, the racist roots of the slave South still divide.  
 
However, human rights attorney Chokwe Lumumba, who has devoted his life to Black liberation struggles and is now running for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi's capital, sees beyond the scars, to the potential of Black voting majorities in Jackson, Hinds County, and neighboring Western Mississippi counties. They have already elected more Black officials in Mississippi than any state in the country. Lumumba, who now serves as Jackson's Ward 2 City Councilor, spoke to AfrobeatRadio on 06.23.2012.
 
Anyone who would like to contact and/or help with Chokwe Lumumba's campaign can call the number: 601-981-9220. 
 

 

  
 

 

Glencore International's Child Labor Abuse in Congo

Claude Kabemba, Director of Southern Africa Resource Watch

 
WBAI AfrobeatRadio, 06.09.2012

​Glencore International's exploitation of child mining labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Aired on AfrobeatRadio, on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City, wbai.org.

 

 

Child miners in Katanga show off copper finds. Photo: FairPhone

 

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