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Written by Matiwos09 on Nov 8, 2009

Education in Ethiopia (part 1)

Why do we go to school? To learn to read, to get a better job, to find a passion? People go to school for many reasons. In Ethiopia, many people go to school for many of the same reasons that we do in the US. While many Ethiopian youngsters now have the chance to learn in a classroom that their parents lacked- according to the World Bank the percentage of children attending primary school (grades 1 through 4) has increased from 20% in 1993-94 to 62% in 2001-02- countless children are still missing out on a chance to learn. Since roughly 85% of all Ethiopians are still farmers, it should come as no surprise that less than half of children living in rural areas ever step foot in a first grade classroom (Education in Ethiopia, a World Bank Study published in 2003). This last statistic demonstrates that Ethiopia is still...

Written by andreateti on Nov 6, 2009

As I promised I would do from time to time, I'm going to stray into Middle Eastern politics today with a brief announcement: Lila Abu-Lughod is going to give the prestigious Radcliffe-Brown Lecture in Social Anthropology at my University in about ten days' time, and I wanted to give The Weave bloggers and readers the opportunity of asking her a question through me.

Aside from being an eminent scholar in her own right, she is also the daughter of Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, Palestinian activist, scholar and famously friend of Edward Said's, with whom he founded Arab Studies Quarterly.

 

...So, fire away! 

Andrea

 

 

 

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Written by milansova on Nov 6, 2009

Recently activists from 30 countries met in Copenhagen’s Christiania to discuss strategies for activism during the COP15 conference in December. In response the Justice Ministry has decided to increase punishments against protesters, such as a 40 day jail sentence for hindering police work, and a proposal for a 50% increase of prison time for vandalism. This seems to be making a clear path towards Copenhagen becoming another Seattle. I agree with Stine Gry Jonassen, the spokesperson for Climate Justice Action, who said, “They’re criminalising the global climate movement being created by assuming beforehand it will be violent.”
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Written by DrP on Nov 6, 2009

Some workers are exploited in the most absurd ways...While government agencies like the US Census Bureau figure out how best to measure poverty, grassroots organizations like P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) inform, organize, and mobilize working class citizens, demanding political solutions to the social ills of poverty. P.O.W.E.R. is a San Francisco based organization with a twofold mission: "to build unity between African American and Latino communities to increase the POWER of low-income workers and tenants." To these ends the group employs a multilayered strategy: build a broad local coalition of grassroots organizations, labor unions, religious leaders, and community activists; oppose discrimination and exploitation; propose political and practical reforms to lawmakers; and organize/mobilize local campaigns to affect change.

P.O.W.E.R. is currently working on two projects. The Bayview Organizing Project intends to improve Bayview Hunters Point, a longstanding African American community in San Francisco, racked by poverty, and whose residents have been threatened by municipal neglect and gentrification. The...

Written by awball04 on Nov 6, 2009

 

 "But our situation in Somalia is different, we were attacked in our own home. I haven’t attacked Ethiopia or Kenya. I live in thecountry where I was born and where I have been subjected to all sorts ofatrocities. We are defending ourselves against our external enemies whoattacked us. Even animals defend themselves. If you lock a cat in a room, beat it up, and block its exit- then it will definitely fight back and defend itself. Even small birds in their nests will instinctively fight to protect itseggs. First of all, we aspire to free ourselves from occupation and oppression. After that we will take the fight outside our country, as I told you.  It is notessential that this happens in my lifetime. This cause will continue whether weare alive or not.  It was promised by God.”

 

The above quote comes from Islamic insurgent groupAl-Shabaab’s leader Shaykh Abu Mansur. In an interview with Al-Jazeera from earlier this year, which can be seen below, Abu Mansur mentions the reasons for resistance within Somalia. The video also details Al-Shabaab, who they are and what their history is. There is much to disagree with in their mission and ideology and much that is a cause for concern. However, the main purpose...

Written by johncollins on Nov 5, 2009

72 Dr. Haim YacobiIsrael is now home to a sizable group of residents who are neither Jewish nor Palestinian.  Many of these people are labor migrants who occupy a precarious position within Israeli society and a relatively invisible position within the often binary discourse on Israel/Palestine.  In order to get at some of the specific political dynamics associated with these realities, I recently interviewed Haim Yacobi, a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University in Israel.  An architect and planner by training, Yacobi does research on the geopolitics of cities. In 1999 he formulated the idea of...

Written by andreateti on Nov 4, 2009

[Continues from Part 1

 

…Ok, I feel a lot better after that Margherita, and the ‘espresso’ was nice too…

Yeah. Postmodern irony-schmirony…

So, anyway, the first article: “Whosoever acquires, receives or hides anything involved in any offence or otherwise becomes involved...

Written by brianlind on Nov 4, 2009
Obama salutes fallen soldier
 
Last week President Obama did something that former President Bush could never quite find time to do, he went to Dover Air Force Base and honored the return of a few soldiers who had made the ultimate sacrifice for him as Commander and Chief.  His visit is already being spun, with the Right claiming Obama was just looking for a photo opBut you needn’t look further than the somber pain on President Obama’s face as he salutes the casket of Army Sergeant Dale R. Griffin , who was killed by a roadside bomb last Tuesday in Afghanistan....
Written by nicoleszucs on Nov 4, 2009

Climate talks in Barcelona were interrupted yesterday by a series of protests from African nations. The African delegates  expressed their frustration with the current climate talks and policies.   They are calling for a suspension of all further negotiations on the Kyoto protocol until substantial progress is made by rich countries on emission cuts. They are not by themselves on this, the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis), the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group, as well as Bolivia and Venezuela   backed up this group.  The Guardian say s that "in a press conference, the poorest countries demanded that the rich adopt the science-backed target of a 40% overall cut on emissions on...