Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
We want to share with you the latest developments in TGNP’s efforts to ‘break the silence’ around issues pertaining to sexuality and gender identity. The ‘question’ of sexuality has provoked major debate during and after this year’s Gender Festival, and attracted a lot more media coverage than the issue of land grabbing by global agribusiness, for example, or the growing movement for a new Constitution, or the demand for sustainable livelihoods and employment for all.
During this year’s Gender Festival 2011 which focused on ‘land, labour and livelihoods’, there was a separate workshop 3 on ‘sex, sexuality, bodily integrity, politics of choice and struggles against GBV and HIV/AIDS in the workplace: public and private’. The topic of sexuality and gender identity also came up in workshops on health and on the new Constitution. This followed Gender Festival 2009’s ground-breaking keynote paper on sexuality that was presented by Sylvia Tamale, and followed up later by plenary and workshop presentations by young gay men. Many more LGBTs participated in this year’s Festival, and several chose to flaunt their gay identity openly by style of dress, walk, talk, etc. Lesbians have been present throughout but not as visible nor audible.
The subject of sexuality and gender identity has now become the major focus of several of Tanzanian email lists and blogs, including
Vuguvugumedia [TGNP’s list]
Reading the ideas circulating thus far, a sizable number of people assume that heterosexuality is the ‘norm’ in Africa, and have expressed alarm at the breakdown of traditional African values, the importation of Western ideas and behaviour, and moral decadence. Several argue that NGOs are following ‘the money’ of donors by opening up to LGBT people; that the very idea of homosexuality in whatever form is a Western imposition funded by donors!
Many other people have argued that this is a question of human rights and democracy; that activists are expected to welcome diversity in all aspects of our lives. Some have asked why there is so much concern about who people choose to sleep with at this moment of high level state corruption and land-grabbing?
Another line of argument is to say that people should condemn the practice of same sex, but not those who practice it; they are victims of childhood abuse. Many of the LGBT voices who chose to speak aloud during this and 2009’s Festivals emphasised their personal experience of childhood abuse, and/or of being punished and eventually expelled from their families and communities because of their identity.
Others, albeit few in number thus far, have argued that human beings have the ‘natural’ potential to act in a variety of ways, sexually, but have been shaped by the dominant patriarchal heterosexual ideology to silence and repress alternative ways of being. That there are many men and women with same sex identities who have chosen to hide their preferences; they marry, bear children and often lead very unhappy lives because they are not free to be themselves openly.That it is necessary to unlearn, as Sylvia Tamale explained back in 2009, the enormous baggage of patriarchal and bourgeois thought and ideology about sexuality, including imperial and racist views about the sexuality of African women.
We welcome more contributions from members of the African feminist movement to help broaden the scope and depth of the conversation about sexuality and gender identity.
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DAN RATHER REPORTS” TRAVELS TO AFRICA TO FIND THE NEXT AGRICULTURAL POWERHOUSE
Will a plan to build massive farms in Africa help to feed the continent – or is it just a “land grab?” Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET
DALLAS (September 26, 2011) –Tomorrow night, “Dan Rather Reports” travels to Tanzania to investigate a plan underway that would see more than a hundred thousand refugees moved from their homes and replaced by a massive commercial farm to be owned and operated by American investors.
With global population set to rise by two billion by mid-century and an estimated 90 percent of the world’s arable land already being cultivated, scientists worry that we could be on the brink of a global food crisis. And with the land going for pennies on the dollar, big U.S. investors have started putting money into agriculture in Africa. But, they are not just buying commodities or stock – investors are buying the farmland directly.
One of these U.S. investors is AgriSol Energy - and some are skeptical that their investment in Tanzania is anything more than a “land grab.”
AgriSol Energy is headed by Bruce Rastetter, an large-scale agricultural operator and major player in Iowa business and politics. Now Rastetter and his colleagues are hoping to export their Iowa agribusiness know-how to approximately 800,000 acres of land in western Tanzania. But why might one of the world's most respected agricultural universities - Iowa State - be helping to seal the deal? And what will happen to the over 125,000 refugees who currently call that very land their home?
“We walk with no peace in our hearts,” says refugee and farmer Sembuli Masasa, “We are miserable to know that we will be moving.”
But, the project has the blessing of the Tanzanian government with one of the biggest proponents being Tanzania’s own Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda.“Surely one would not be naïve to that, to accept an investor into an area at this kind, provided it’s well balanced, provided it has a effect on people around [and] enable [them] to have access to a better market. Definitely it would be a very good idea,” Pinda tells “Dan Rather Reports.”
Africa is now a hot spot for foreign investors in everything from agriculture to precious metals. And according to world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, if the investment is handled properly, it could make a huge difference in that part of the world. But if the investments are given away, these people in one of the poorest parts of the planet get little or nothing in return.
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Monday, September 26, 2011
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Saturday, September 24, 2011
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Monday, September 19, 2011
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Monday, September 12, 2011
kamwe haiwezi kwisha;
yarabi atupe motisha,
moto tuweze washa;
Tuli hatuwezi pisha,
Katu haya si maisha,
Kwanini haya yasoisha,
Japo miongo yatupisha?
Si Juma wala Aisha,
Wote kiyoro haitoisha;
Kibaya isotosha, kipi
Kwa haya maisha?
Pole walo mnazi,
Masahibu si zizi;
Tukiamua ni wazi,
Muhimu kuweka wazi!
Ahadi kama juzi,
Ajali kama enzi;
Tukajua wako nasi;
Nungwi tena hasi,
Si nzuri hali,
Kilio kila pahali;
Ahadi bado kali,
Si bado hatuna hali?
Ah, wacha tulie,
Siye pia tuwepo;
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
FROM UDADISI ARCHIVE:
GLOBAL PAN AFRICAN MOVEMENT-TANZANIA BRANCH
Pan African Movement-Tanzania Branch
LEST WE FORGET:
Philipe Wamba Fund for Road Safety in Africa:
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Saturday, September 10, 2011
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