Seven Grains of Paradise: a culinary journey through Africa by Joan Baxter

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Jock Mackay of Sutherland River, Nova Scotia met Joan Baxter last summer at a local bookstore launch of her Seven Grains of Paradise: a culinary journey through Africa. Jock is an ethnomusicologist and folklorist, and food issues are often central to insights into both fields. He taught at Vanier College in Montreal before retiring to his maritime home about 5 years ago. He and Doug reviewed Baxter’s book, which reveals the richness of Africa’s contribution to the world’s food resources and counters many of the myths of food scarcity and famine. She shows how the scandalous intervention of foreign donors and investors has caused African to fall from a net exporter 50 years ago to a major dependent food importer. Both Jock and Doug highly recommend this very readable book to everyone, not just for an interest in food but also the world system that distorts and commercialises this essential human need.

See also Doug’s book review here

See also Joan Baxter’s website for this and other books she has written: http://www.joanbaxter.ca/seven-grains-of-paradise-a-culinary-journey-in-africa

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Tribute to Hugh Masekela

Amandla pays tribute to Hugh Masekela, the musical genius and the pan-African activist he was.

Doug Miller and Andy Williams ( The GOODS) discuss about the legacy of Hugh Masekela

May he rest in peace.

Canada names mining ombudsperson

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Gwen Schulman talks to Catherine Coumans of Mining Watch Canada about this initiative and its potential to break the cycle of impunity of Canadian mining companies in Africa and around the world.

Rhythms and melodies against the Economic Partnership Agreement

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German percussionist, Sven Kacirek and his Kenya counterpart, Daniel Mburu Muhuni have put together a record about how global trade and the Economic Partnership Agreements imposed by the European Union exploit the weakest most marginalised people struggling to survive. They interviewed diplomats, farmers, civil servants, academics and NGO workers to call Western politicians to task and the musicians use loops, squawking saxophones and pulsing rhythms to add emphasis to the points being made. It can be downloaded for as little as $1.00 from the following bandcamp site: <www.pingipung.de>under the title, Economic Partnership Agreement.

We plan to play a series of these pieces over the next few weeks. Be sure to check some of the visual pieces they did on YouTube.

 

 

South African national poet, “Brah Willie” eulogy

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South Africa’s National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse ‘Bra Willie’ Kgositsile, passed away in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 3 January. He was seventy-nine. The Government organised a state funeral for the renowned poet at which Vice- President, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered the official eulogy. Our tribute opens with Bra Willie reading his poem Anguish Longer Than Sorrows. We played a short extract of Vice President Ramaphosa’s eulogy which outlines Bra Willie’s history and activism. Many South African artists came together for a final musical tribute on January 16 from which we play a song sung and played by Bra Willie’s contemporaries and fellow exiles, Dorothy Masuka and Jonas Gwangwa.

Demonstrations as Tunisia commemorates seven years of revolution

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Roberto Nieto speaks to Houda Mzioudet, journalist and researcher for the Carnegie Foundation about the recent demonstrations in Tunisia.

Cyril Ramaphosa – Hope for Change or More of the Same

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In a tightly fought competition for the Presidency of the African National Congress of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa prevailed over the chosen candidate of the disgraced outgoing President Jacob Zuma. In an interview with Doug Miller, Dan O’Meara, himself a former member of the ANC(SA), outlines the current sad state of affairs within the party, the Tripartite Alliance and the possibilities of any real change to the status quo, priorities and outlooks for the ANC(SA) and the people of South Africa.

 

Togo : la dernière crise sera-t-elle la bonne ?


Collaborateur pour Amandla, docteur en histoire et militant au sein de la Ligue Panafricaine – UMOJA, Amzat Boukari-Yabara intervient en cloture de la journée organisée à Paris le 13 décembre dernier par les mouvements de résistance togolais et la Fondation Gabriel Péri sur la situation au Togo.

Dans cet extrait il revient sur les perspectives de sortie de crise et la nécessité de reconstruire le système politique togolais depuis la base pour en faire un laboratoire africain.

Plus d’infos sur : http://www.gabrielperi.fr/après-50-ans-de-dictature-et-de-néocolonialisme-de-la-france-le-togo-bientôt-libre.html

 

When a carbon project becomes carbon colonialism


Gwen Schulman talks to Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director of the Oakland Institute, about how Norwegian company Green Resources’ carbon project in Kachung , Northern Uganda, is just another example of landgrabbing, dressed up in green.

 

Esclavage en Libye : après l’indignation ?

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Compte rendu du rassemblement contre l’esclavage en Libye, qui s’est tenu le samedi 16 décembre au parc Toussaint Louverture à Montréal. Une cinquantaine de personnes, hommes et femmes, afro-descendants pour la plupart, ont bravé le froid en début d’après midi pour exprimer leur indignation face à la situation des migrants subsaharien réduit en esclavage en Libye.

Avec les interventions de Gabriel Bazin (président de la ligue des noirs), Amir Kadir (député Québec Solidaire) et Jooneed Khan (journaliste et militant des droits humains)