land grabs taking place across the global south including across Africa – see here and here and the push towards water privatization. There are two additional ‘disturbing trends’ around the supply and access to water. The first is the multinationals and banks buying up water, lakes, water rights, acquirers and water technology.
Found this on Facebook – just in case you lost your voice or think you lost your voice – “Find your own voice” by Jayne Cortez
I always remember Tyisha Miller. Today I remember even more painfully because it is the anniversary of her embittering death. December 28, third day of the African American holiday of Kwanzaa. Before I tell you about a play I…
The victimsâ€™ petition explains that the UN and MINUSTAH are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars for: 1) failing to adequately screen and treat UN troops arriving from countries experiencing cholera epidemics; 2) dumping untreated wastes from a UN base directly into a tributary of the Artibonite River; and 3) failing to adequately respond to the epidemic.
Earthling – a short story by Diriye Osman What I love about Diriye’s stories is I know the characters, I know the locations, I know the scenes for example, the London internet cafe. Intimate, overcrowded, noisy and most often owned…
Diriye Osman is a British Somali writer and visual artist. He writes short stories mostly about the gay Somali experience set in England and Kenya. Whilst his stories are edgy, witty and urban, his artistry is, in his words “extravagant’ and sensual. Here Diriye discusses his work and coming out as a gay man, with art and culture magazine Beige
â€œWhat is it that women want?â€â€œDonâ€™t they have enough already?â€â€œWhat more do they want?â€â€œDo they now want us to live in their petticoats?â€ â€œSoon we shall be singing â€˜majestyâ€™ and curtseying to the end of the world for them, isnâ€™t that where we are headed at this rate.â€â€œIf they have food on their tables and roofs over their heads, what more do they want?
Frantz Fanonâ€™s works are all very personal. Black Skins, White Masks, a treatise on the lived experience of being black is based on his experiences in Martinican society, being a student and then a black doctor in France. A Dying Colonialism is the Algerian War
A humorous 15 minutes from Black Scottish writer, Jackie Kay on her birth, life in Scotland and her journey to meet her Nigerian father who turns out to be a ‘Born Again Christian’ who spent their first meeting jumping up and down praising God. Wonderful – a must listen!
insinuates that Africans learnt homosexuality from Europeans (and/or Arabs), I do not go to my happy place where only thoughts of first love and first kisses rule. Rather I think about waking up in the dead of the night to a ghostly white female figure hovering over my bed. The white woman that all African lesbians, bisexual women and women
their series on 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women. The last day of the series focuses on the work of South African photographer Leonie Marinovich who has been photographing and speaking with people in rural communities who are living with HIV.
She dies and… ‘Oh! Take heart’ ‘May God comfort you’ ‘It’s one of those things’ He dies and it’s… ‘Aahh!!!’ ‘She has done her worst!’ ‘Ajoo Nwanyi!’ ‘Amuusu!’ On sick bed, On wheels, Beneath the sea, In…
From Open Democracy, Amina Mama on where African women should stand in the age of war. [This article was first published in September 2011.] The anniversary of 9/11 has filled the US-dominated media with action replays and detailed excavations…
This story was taken for Arthur Neslenâ€™s book In Your Eyes a Sandstorm: Ways of Being Palestinian a collection of interviews about Palestinian identity. Sadly, for space reasons, it could not be published there. But Souciant is happy to give it a home. In Your Eyes a Sandstorm will be released next week.
The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) strongly condemns the repeated efforts, now for the third time, to introduce the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda’s Parliament. We stand in solidarity with Ugandans who are calling for their government to withdraw…
Fathers make decisions bordering on causes, infantile and asinine, on behalf of their progenies. It becomes doubly asinine when said progenies are middle-aged and veritable providers for progenies of their own. That being said, fathers are a necessity. I must warn you, before this work goes any further, that my analogies after you have eaten of the meat of this piece shall be shown for what they are: crude and, in the words of agriculturalists, â€˜cobs with rustâ€™.
From the People’s Parliament and Occupy Guyana [GT] All photos by Shirlina Naager © Creative Commons
Over the past five years there has been a staggering increase in land for investment deals across Africa by foreign governments and private investors. The Oakland Institute has been researching and documenting land grab investments..
Chimanada Ngozi Adiche responds to some of the criticism of Chinua Achebe’s memoir “There Was a Country”. I finished reading ‘There Was a Country’ a few days ago and was contemplating my own response to some of the critical reviews of the book. Fortunately for me Adichie has said nearly everything I wa
Victor Ehikhamenor defies stereotype â€“ a master at multi-tasking and multi-thinking and multi-creativity. He has produced, to critical acclaim, short stories, photographs, illustrations and paintings. He â€œneeds no introductionâ€ in the Nigerian art scene, as YNaija pointed out.