” The Shadow of Gold ” – Interview with documentary writer, Allen Booth

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The newly released documentary The Shadow of Gold explores the ugly underbelly of one of the world’s most beloved metals.  Amandla’s Gwen Schulman speaks with one of the documentary’s writers, Allen Booth, in the lead-up to its screening in cities across Canada.
Screenings will be followed by a moderated panel discussion and Q+A*

World Premiere, Toronto: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, February 22, 6:30 p.m. ET
Ottawa: Mayfair Theatre, February 27, 6 p.m. ET
Vancouver: Vancity Theatre, March 11, 6:30 p.m. PT
Calgary: Globe Cinema, March 20, 7 p.m. MT *no panel discussion
Montreal: Cinema du Parc, March 26, 7 p.m. ET
Halifax: Location and date to be announced
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Eritrean refugees in Canada push for a day in court with Nevsun Resources, accused of using forced labour at its mine in Eritrea

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British-Columbia based mining company Nevsun Resources has been accused of using forced labour at its Bisha mine in Eritrea. Three Eritrean refugees in Canada have been struggling to bring the company before a Canadian court to answer the charge. But each step of the way Nevsun has pushed back, arguing Canada has no jurisdiction and the case should be heart in an Eritrean court. Gwen talked to Dawit Demoz, an Eritrean activist living in Toronto, about the court case, Eritrea’s vast system of conscript labour, and the prospects for change.

Sudan’s protests – Interview with Khaled Medani, Professor of Political Science (McGill University)

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Since December 19, 2018, protests in Sudan that started with chants of “Freedom, Peace, Justice” have escalated demanding the removal of Omar El Bashir. After 30 years in power, he remains defiant and the authorities’ crackdown on demonstrators have fuelled the anger. Are we witnessing a Sudanese Spring? Khaled Medani, Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies and the Chair of African Studies Program at McGill University in Montreal, just returned from Sudan. He explains the situation.

Joan Baxter – Seven Grains of Paradise: A culinary journey in Africa

Doug and Jock Mackay reviewed Joan’s book in January and had the good fortune to meet Joan in person near her retirement home in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In this interview, she explains how she came to love African cuisine in all its diversity and how food relates to modern colonialism which keeps Africa poor and downtrodden.

 

Communities in the DRC take on Canadian palm oil company and a century of exploitation

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Nine communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo push back against a centry-old system of oil palm plantation exploitation—with an important Canadian connection—that has left them hamstrung and poor on their own land. Gwen talks to Devlin Kuyek of GRAIN, an organization lending critical support to the struggle.

Sénégal – Interview Ousmane Sonko (PASTEF) – candidat à l’élection présidentielle 2019

De passage à Montréal dans le cadre de sa tournée en Amérique du Nord, Ousmane Sonko, le président du Pastef Patriotes du Sénégal et candidat aux éléctions présidentielles 2019 donne une entrevue à Amandla!.

Il nous parle de son programme politique et de la nécessité de compléter les luttes de souveraineté des indépendances, afin de sortir des logiques tutélaires dans lesquelles se trouve le Sénégal actuel.

Ousmane Sonko a publié deux livres. Un sur les malversations dans le secteur des hydrocarbures intitulé : Gaz et pétroles au Sénégal : chronique d’une spoliation. Un autre livre intitulé Solutions où il expose son programme politique pour le Sénégal .

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The Role of China in Africa – A cyber-survey

The role of China in Africa and the often hyper-inflated concerns raised by western commentators was examined in four different sites on the web. Quartz Africa Weekly Brief (https://qz.com/emails/africa-weekly-brief/) comes out of a business perspective, but has become a go-to source for current affairs and critical analysis. That led to The China in Africa Podcast out of South Africa (https://chinaafrica-podcast.com/) run by several China watchers in academic and jouanlistic cirles. The Greanville Post announces itself as an Anti-Imperialist Tool (http://www.greanvillepost.com/) and reprinted an article on China and Africa by Leo Zhao who has his own critical website with many articles on Africa (https://medium.com/@leohezhao).

Remember all the victims of all wars

On Remembrance Day it is important to honour the men and women who served and suffered, but it is essential to reflect on the root causes of war and all the victims of all wars. The war for Zimbabwe independence is a case in point. Doug gave a brief historical background and presented the coverage by the excellent investigative journalists at Ricochet.media who thoroughly researched how serving members of the armed forces set up an online store to sell Rhodesian memorabilia. In a perverse, white supremacist way, they are glorifying the brutal racist regime led by the WW2 veteran pilot, Ian Smith from 1965-1979, as the epitome of white “civilisation.”

Check the article : Meet the Canadian soldiers behind a white supremacist military surplus store

Also check out the article’s connections to how the ALT-Right has infiltrated Rebel media and Jason Kennedy’s United Conservative Party of Alberta  : https://ricochet.media/en/2422/rebel-media-reporter-worked-for-white-supremacist-web-store

AFRICOM : 10 ans de recolonisation de l’Afrique

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Dans la foulée des invasions américaines en Afghanistan et en Irak, le Département de la Défense des États-Unis lance, en novembre 2008, le Commandement des États-Unis pour l’Afrique. Connu sous le nom d’AFRICOM, le commandement vise, sous le prétexte de la guerre au terrorisme, à quadriller militairement les ressources géostratégiques du continent.

En 2011 l’AFRICOM, avec l’appui de la France et du Royaume-Uni, a été un des principaux commandements militaires à être intervenu en Libye entraînant ainsi la destruction du pays.

Le politologue Aziz Fall, qui a réalisé un documentaire en 2014 intitulé : AFRICOM Go Home, Bases Étrangères Hors d’Afrique, nous livre aujourd’hui ses critiques sur 10 ans de recolonisation militaire de l’Afrique à l’heure où nous commémorons les 100 ans de l’armistice de la Première Guerre mondiale.

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Interview – Veena Gokhale’s book “Land for Fatimah”

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Veena Gokhale, “an immigrant, shape shifter, started her career as a journalist in Bombay…. After immigrating to Canada, she worked for non-profits. Land for Fatimah is partly inspired by the two years she spent working in Tanzania.” Now based in Montreal,

Veena has crafted an novel which provides a very human insight into the situation facing landless and dispossessed people and the dilemmas facing NGO workers who try to help. Doug interviewed Veena about her book and the portrayal of real life struggles through fiction. Highly readable. Highly recommended.

Land for Fatimah by Veena Gokhale. Guernica Press, Toronto, 2018