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Tunisia leads the fight against ‘odious debts’ – Since mid-2012 Tunisia is back in the headlines again. This time, the country is catching the media’s attention because of the tough stance taken by the new Government demanding the repudiation of debts that served the interests of the former ruling clique. In signaling such a stand, the new Tunisian government is setting a historic precedent in Africa that would serve the interests of not only the people of indebted African nations but also those of Africa’s creditors and donors.

Tunisia leads the fight against ‘odious debts’ September 4, 2012 by Professor Léonce Ndikumana, Director of the Africa Policy Program at PERI, University of Massachusetts, Amherst USA; nominated to the U.N. Committee for Development Policy. The regime change in Tunisia … Continue reading

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“The issues at Marikana are overflowing. It’s quite clear that this wave of new developments on the platinum mines is coming down on us at the gold mines.” Protests have been reported at Royal Bafokeng’s Rasimone platinum mine, Anglo American Platinum’s Thembelani mine, Eastern Platinum’s Crocodile River mine and Gold Fields’ Kloof Driefontein Complex gold mine, Motau added.A group of civil society organisations – including Amnesty International, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Section 27 and the Marikana Solidarity Campaign – described the Marikana massacre as “a defining moment in our history and cannot be allowed to pass without establishing the full truth, ensuring justice and providing redress for the victims and their families.” It added: “We are outraged by the emerging evidence of targeted killings at Marikana. The Marikana massacre and the subsequent callous responses of both Lonmin and several representatives of the state violate the very spirit of our constitution.”

Four miners shot at Modder East goldmine in South Africa Fears of violent unrest spreading in the mining industry grow after a police shooting left four workers in hospital Share41 Email David Smith, Africa correspondent guardian.co.uk, Monday 3 September 2012 14.42 BST Mourners … Continue reading

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Not the police, who killed 34 miners, but 270 striking miners are charged with murder! They are being tried under South Africa’s “common purpose” legislation because they were all in the crowd that confronted police two weeks ago at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana. The common purpose legislation was used by the former white minority regime to convict activists fighting against apartheid. Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe, has asked the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to explain why 270 arrested Marikana miners are facing murder charges. Radebe says he has asked acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba to furnish him with a report explaining the rationale behind the decision. In a statement, Radebe says the decision has induced a sense of shock, panic and confusion among members of the community and the general public.

270 striking mine workers are being charged with murder after police shot dead 34 of their colleagues. They are being tried under South Africa’s “common purpose” legislation because they were all in the crowd that confronted police two weeks ago … Continue reading

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The strike is going on in South-Africa and peace talks come forward: A Marikana Peace Accord could be signed by the end of the week. It hinges on a meeting attended by various stakeholders in Rustenburg, North West. Government and union leaders met with mine management to map a way forward. If talks succeed, it will pave the way for inclusive salary negotiations.

Marikana peace talks promising Wednesday 29 August 2012 18:43 SABC Government and union leaders met with mine management to map a way forward.(SABC) TAGS: Marikana Lonmin NUM Senzile Zokwana Dineo Ntoane Lesotho   A Marikana Peace Accord could be signed … Continue reading

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The police.assacer at the miners may also have major political implications for South Africa. The tri-partite alliance, consisting of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the ANC and the South African Communist Party (SACP), is a very powerful entity. However, questions need to be asked about the extent to which it adequately represents the truly poor and vulnerable in South Africa. Marikana shootings highlight failure of key South African Institutions

Marikana shootings highlight failure of key South African Institutions Monday 27 August 2012 08:03 COMMENT: Hamadziripi Tamukamoyo, ISS Lonmin mine workers in Marikana, North West.(SABC) TAGS: Southern Africa North West Marikana Lonmin mine SAPS NUM AMCU ANC COSATU SACP Julius … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso plans to launch an organisation to enhance communication among young researchers, following recommendations generated at a forum for young scientists held last month in Ouagadougou. Network could enhance participation of researchers in solving development challenges and contributing to country’s wellbeing. Not only in Burkina Faso!

Burkina Faso to launch communication network for science researchers Network could enhance participation of researchers in solving development challenges and contributing to country’s wellbeing Share0 Email Boureima Sanga in Ouagadougou for SciDev, part of the Guardian development network guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 22 August 2012 … Continue reading

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Afrique du Sud : après le choc, les questions: “La raison pour laquelle nous sommes ici, explique l’une d’entre elles, c’est de demander au gouvernement, pourquoi ne donne t-il pas à nos familles ce qu’elles veulent, au lieu de nous tirer dessus “? Au moins 34 mineurs, qui étaient en grève, ont été tués, et 78 autres blessés.

Video: afrique-du-sud-apres-le-choc-les-questions fotos: http://www.stern.de/panorama/polizei-erschiesst-minenarbeiter-minister-verteidigt-blutbad-von-marikana-1880599-photoshow-8a6934b85739b1e6.html le fariete? Voir: Un véritable bain de sang, et une police qui se dit en état de légitime défense… En Afrique du Sud, les policiers qui ont tiré ce jeudi sur une foule de mineurs à Marikana, dans … Continue reading

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