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


The Maasai score a legal victory in their struggle to protect their way of life

One of the hallmark experiences of Indigenous populations around the world is territorial dispossession. For the Maasai of northern Tanzania, the story is no different.
The combined forces of government, business and conservation groups have cut deeply into the Maasai’s way of life, resources and, indeed, survival. But they have fought back at every turn, and recently scored an important victory in the East Africa Court of Justice. Gwen talks to Elizabeth Fraser of the Oakland Institute, and co-author of Losing the Serengeti, on what this legal victory means for the Maasai struggle.

Tunisie – Loi contre le racisme, première étape d’un long processus



Le mardi 9 octobre 2018, le parlement tunisien a voté à l’unanimité un projet de loi visant à éliminer tous les formes de discrimination raciale en Tunisie.

Cette loi est une victoire pour les militant.e.s noir.e.s, les organismes de défense des droits des minorités, mais aussi pour les associations d’étudiants d’Afrique subsaharienne. C’est le point de départ d’un long combat à mener sur le plan politique et historique.

Imen Ben Ismaïl* et Huda Mzioudet*, deux citoyennes tunisiennes vivant à Montréal, nous livrent leurs réactions et avis sur cette loi contre le racisme et nous donnent des pistes de réflexion pour une société sans racisme et pour une Tunisie qui s’assume pleinement africaine.

*Huda Mzioudet, journaliste et analyste politique
*Imen Ben Ismaïl est activiste pour la défense des droits des minorités

Chilanga Community Clinic is fully open

An intense month of work marked the trip to Malawi of Tom Peters, Rikano dhe Paganon and Amandla’s,  Doug Miller.

They were dedicated to finishing another phase of building the Chilanga Community Clinic, including building the structure, drilling a well and installing the piping to the clinic and nurse’s house, getting electricity connected and working with their Malawian partners to recruit medical personnel and attain accreditation and government funding.  Saama interviewed Doug about their work.


Tunisie – La souveraineté alimentaire, une urgence de penser l’agriculture autrement – entrevue avec Habib Ayed (OSAE)

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Du 25 au 29 septembre dernier s’est tenu en Tunisie, les journées de la souveraineté alimentaire et de l’environnement (JOSAE) organisé par l’Observatoire de la souveraineté alimentaire et de l’environnement (OSAE).

Alors que l’agriculture tunisienne est largement médiatisée sous des aspects techniques et/ou comptables, la question de la souveraineté/dépendance alimentaire est peu abordée dans les médias. Pourtant en Tunisie, comme dans tous les pays du Sud, on observe des phénomènes de fragilisation de l’agriculture, de dépendances alimentaires, et de dépossessions.

Dans cette entrevue, Habib Ayeb, membre fondateur de l’Observatoire de la Souveraineté Alimentaire et de l’Environnement, géographe et réalisateur de nombreux documentaires, nous présente les activités de l’OSAE et nous explique l’importance de la souveraineté alimentaire et l’urgence de la garantir.

Pour rester informer des activtiés de l’Observatoire de la Souveraineté Alimentaire et de l’Environnement.
Site internet de l’OSAE
Page facebook de l’OSAE
Page facebook de Habib Ayed

Via Campesina, 6 octobre, Journée internationale d’action pour la souveraineté alimentaire des peuples et contre les sociétés transnationales.

Montréal – Sit-in en solidarité avec les mouvements protestataires au Maroc et pour la libération des prisonniers politiques

Samedi 29 septembre à Montréal, s’est tenu un sit-in en solidarité avec les mouvements protestataires au Maroc et pour exiger la libération des prisonniers politiques.

Organisé par la CSMPM ( Coordination de soutien aux mouvements protestataires au Maroc), ce sit-in visait à sensibiliser l’opinion publique sur la situation politique et sur  la répression policière et judiciaire du peuple marocain.

Entrevue avec Abdeslam, un des organisateurs du CSMPM :

Pour être informé des prochains évènements organisés par le CSMPM :

Si vous souhaitez vous joindre à la campagne de mobilisation en cours et participer aux prochaines actions du CSMPM, contactez les organisateurs par courriel  :
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“U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM” – Interview with Vanessa Beck of the Black Alliance for Peace.


On October 1st, The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has launched
“ U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM ” a campaign designed to end the U.S. invasion and occupation of Africa.

Ten years ago, at the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency, AFRICOM (The United States Africa Command) was launched. After 10 years of operations, militarization of the continent and illegitimate presence on African soil. It is time to question his legitimacy.

Samaa Elibyari interviews Vanessa Beck, B.A.P research team lead and Coordinating Committee member, to discuss this current campaign and the necessity to end AFRICOM.

For more information on the Black Alliance for Peace

To sign the petition “ U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM ” : in English / in French

Lamu on the threshold of massive industrialization : challenges and resistance (part 1)


The Indian Ocean island of Lamu is a special place. It is small and delicate, and home to the 700-year-old port city of Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It belongs to Kenya, and is now on the threshold of a massive industrialization scheme. What will this mean for the thousands of Lamu residents who have derived their livelihoods and autonomy from a centuries-old fishing industry? What will it mean for the complex mangrove system, the foundation of a vibrant marine wildlife ecosystem?

Amandla collaborator Zahra Moloo went to Lamu to try to find answers to these and other questions. In the first part of this series, Zahra talks to Mohamed Athman of the organization Save Lamu about the potential impact that the enormous infrastructural underpinning of this scheme will have on Lamu’s fishing community.

“The Long Way Home” documentary – interview with the director Ariel Nasr

Samaa interviewed the Producer/Director of the documentary, Ariel Nasr. She asked him about what motivated him to present this particular story and what difficulties he has encountered. She discussed with him the art of featuring horrific abuse, like torture to which AbouSoufian has been subjected, with such a light touch. It is implied but not graphically depicted.
Listeners may recall that Amandla has covered extensively the ordeal of AbouSoufian Abdel Razik in its various stages as it was unfolding.
Currently, although Abousoufian has been able to return to Canada, he cannot travel freely and is still battling a court case against CSIS. Amandla will keep you informed of the latest, as always.

The Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement will host its first congress early next year, in Accra, Ghana

The Pan-Africanist Federalist Movement is setting things in motion to hold its first congress, in Accra, Ghana early next year.

Who are they? What is their vision? Gwen talks to Ameth Lô of the Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa. He is a member of the Federalist Movement and excited about this nascent organization.

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