Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

23 May 2003

Not a good week in Africa ... 1000 die in Algerian earthquake and the ceaseless, senseless genocide in the DRC continues. The streets of the town of Bunia in the DRC are literally flowing with blood, while Uruguayan peacekeepers based in the town have been instructed by the UN to stay in their compound and DO NOTHING ABOUT THE MURDER AND MAYHEM. Wake up!! Every single human being on this planet is affected by this and there is blood on the hands of each and every one of us. We are hurtling headlong into annihilation of ourselves and the planet. You, all 7-billion of you, and I have to do something to change the world and stop the violence and destruction.

The DRC's four-and-a-half-year war, has already claimed an estimated 4,7-MILLION lives. "Does the world care what happens to Congo? No," said Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Vollot, the French commander of UN forces in Ituri.

TODAY'S TRIBUTE (a repeat): Although not an African, Romeo Dallaire a UN peacekeeper from Canada is someone who truly loves the continent. He tried to put a stop to the Rwanda massacres in the 1990s and although he was blocked at every point, he kept trying. Today he lives with the torment. We in Africa salute you comrade Dallaire. Your memory lives on. Aluta Continua

15 May 2003

damn lost my archives ... ugh
Report lifts lid on 'state sponsored homophobia'
Cape Town - 14 May 2003

Many southern African leaders had singled out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as scapegoats for their countries' problems, the Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) said in a new report.

The report documents pervasive harassment and violence against sexual minorities in southern Africa. Titled "More Than a Name: State-sponsored Homophobia and its Consequences in Southern Africa", documents verbal attacks, police harassment, official crackdowns, and community violence aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

It claims victims had been assaulted, imprisoned, expelled from schools, fired from jobs, denied access to medical care, evicted from their homes, and driven into exile or, in some cases, to suicide.

The organisations said that when political leaders such as Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe made speeches that gays and lesbians were "worse than dogs and pigs", it should come as no surprise that violent attacks followed.

The report examined conditions in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The report said that while South Africa prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution, the equality guaranteed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people was fragile, and even endangered by the "silence and foot-dragging of political leaders in South Africa".

The two organisations will call on the governments of all five countries to refrain from promoting intolerance and from inciting discrimination and abuse.

It further recommended that:
  • positive protections against discrimination be enacted;
  • awareness of rights protections and how to use them be promoted and publicised, and
  • mechanisms be created to address discrimination and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

    Deputy-director for the programme at Human Rights Watch Widney Brown said they had worked closely with many non-governmental organisations to identify and interview lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people as well as other victims of abuse or discrimination.

    The identities of many people interviewed were protected. Among those interviewed for the report were human rights activists, women's rights activists, lawyers, HIV/Aids peer educators and organisers, academics, journalists and government officials.

    Brown said she was hoping to meet with government officials to discuss the report. + Sapa
  • 09 May 2003

    Hmmmm whose blog's important enough to be "found" by google, ask jeeves, altavista, yahoo etc etc
    do a search for blogs and you come up with zilch
    oh guess what
    they've all been bought up by microsoft, aol time warner, or some other godzilla of the internet
    it's the same as what i learned in journalism school - ie before the web was born
    "freedom of the press is only for those that own one"
    the more things change, the more they stay the same

    Donald Rumsfeld's in the poo ...

    Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea -- a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

    ugh, let me get that horrible taste out of my mouth and focus on today's tribute. it goes to someone who is the epitome of everything that Rumsfeld is not.

    TODAY'S TRIBUTE: Arundhati Roy, the new messiah, who said "People rarely win wars, governments rarely lose them."