Memorial for Andimba Toivo wa Toivo – Namibian freedom fighter

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A founder of SWAPO, militant leader, and respected statesman, Toivo wa Toivo spent 16 years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and other movement militants who regarded him as one of the most stubbornly principled fighters in the struggle. On his release from prison on the eve of independence, he returned home to a hero’s welcome and then refused to descend into the hurley burley of political power struggles. He, nonetheless, stayed at the table as a cabinet minister where his wisdom as an elder and a prison graduate held great sway.

Montreal-based documentary filmmaker Ole Gjerstad shot a documentary film about Andimba in 1989-90, Toivo Child of Hope, which can be viewed here. Ole talks about Andibma and his role in the struggle for the national liberation of Namibia.

Stolen resources from the Western Sahara arriving in Vancouver

In an exclusive interview with Erik Hagen from Western Sahara Resource Watch, and just as a ship containing stolen resources from the Western Sahara arrives in Vancouver, we look at Canada’s involvement in supporting the illegal export of phosphates from the occupied land.

 

See also the recent report P for plunder

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Mining Justice Alliance demonstrates against Nevsun

Canadian mining activity in Africa is dogged by poor labour and environmental practices. But it hits a new low when it relies on government commissioned conscripted labour. Amandla’s Gwen Schulman talks to Daniel Tseghay, a Vancouver organizer of Eritrean descent with Mining Justice Alliance, about Canadian mining corporation Nevsun Resources’ reliance on conscription labour at its Bisha gold and copper mine in Eritrea.

Will the Paladin mine destroy lake Malawi?

Gwen Schulman and Doug Miller take a look at new mining pollutants that may get dumped into lake Malawi.

Looking at the case of the North Mara gold mine in Tanzania

The relationship between the mining company African Barrick Gold and the communities of North Mara, Tanzania is a story of intimidation, sexual abuse, death and  poverty. Amandla’s Gwen Schulman talks to filmmaker Tamara Herman on the history of the conflict and recent developments that point to new strategies to seek justice and change.

Eritrea, migrants, Lampedusa and Israel

Doug Miller examines the connection between Canada’s deportation of the Eritrean consul-general in Toronto, mass drownings of Eritreans off the Italian coast and the cruel treatment of thousands of Eritrean refugees at an official level in states of the fortress Europe rich countries and locally by kidnappers and traffickers, as desperate refugees flee the exploitation they face in their brutalized homeland.

One of the largest Gold mining companies in the world fights Tanzanian villagers

Mining Watch Canada’s Jamie Kneen talks to Gwen Schulman about the recent disclosure of a secretive mechanism African Barrick Gold has put in place to manage grievances at its North Mara gold mine in Tanzania.

The Afar of Eritrea in the face of conflict

The geostrategic importance of the Afar’s traditional territory along the Red Sea has placed them in the cross-hairs of Horn of Africa politics and conflicts. With the secession of Eritrea in 1991, their situation has worsened. To explore the roots of this conflict and the Afars’ efforts to chart a different future, Gwen Schulman spoke to Ahmed Youssouf Mohamed, a Canadian of Afar origin and head of the foreign mission of the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization; and Joseph Magnet, Professor of Law at University of Ottawa, Legal Counsel for the Afar people and Legal Counsel for the Government of Afar State in Ethiopia.

Parliament reports on CIDA’s role in the world. Even more realignement in support of the mining industry?

Amandla’s Gwen Schulman interviews Jamie Kneen of Mining Watch about a recent parliamentary paper on CIDA’s (scary) role in the world.

South African miners fight on

Amandla team members Avi Kanji and Doug Miller look at the situation of South African miners who have been fighting for their rights and fighting big mining companies for several months.