Tag Archive | "Sillah"

Tags: , , , , ,

Time to Focus on Job Creation

Posted on 11 February 2011 by admin

Ebrima Sillah interviews KWASI ADU-AMANKWAH, secretary general of the International Trade Union Confederation for Africa

The trade unionist says the continent’s workers faced serious problems long before the current world financial crisis and it is time for the continent to focus squarely on job creation.

Share

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , ,

‘Move On to the Sovereignty of the People’

Posted on 11 February 2011 by admin

Halifa Sallah. Credit: courtesy of Freedom Newspaper.

Ebrima Sillah interviews HALIFA SALLAH, researcher and sociologist

DAKAR, Feb 11 (TerraViva) – The final two days of the World Social Forum are devoted to working out shared positions on a range of issues. Academics taking part in a parallel forum organised by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, have been discussing the nature of social movements, liberation and how to achieve “the sovereignty of the people”. Continue Reading

Share

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

Vurugu Katika Ukumbi Wakati UCAD Ikifuta Hifadhi ya Vyumba

Posted on 10 February 2011 by admin

Na Thandi Winston na Ebrima Sillah

DAKAR, Feb 10 (TerraViva) ‚Äď Siku ya kwanza ya mikutano na mijadala katika Kongamano la Jamii la Dunia imeandamwa na vurugu za kutafuta kumbi za mikutano. Continue Reading

Share

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Petrolíferas devem sair da Nigéria, dizem ativistas

Posted on 10 February 2011 by admin

Por Ebrima Sillah

DACAR, Senegal, 9/2/2011 (IPS/TerraViva) РGrupos nigerianos de direitos ambientais estão fazendo campanha, no Fórum Social Mundial (FSM) que acontece em Dacar, para expulsar as companhias de petróleo da região do Delta do Rio Níger, no sudeste do país. Continue Reading

Share

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Oil Companies Out of Nigeria, Activists Say

Posted on 09 February 2011 by admin

DAKAR, Feb 9 (TerraViva) – Nigerian environmental rights groups have been making the case for the expulsion of oil companies from the Niger Delta in the southeastern part of the country.

Gas flare at Rumuekpe, Rivers State. Credit: Israel Aloja / Environmental Rights Action Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Gas flare at Rumuekpe, Rivers State. Credit: Israel Aloja / Environmental Rights Action Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Speaking at a meeting organised by a group of Nigerian women’s environmental rights activists, Goodison Jim Dorgu, the Executive Director of the NGO Environmental Health and Safety Network, based in the oil-producing state of Bayelsa, said Nigerian civil society has come to the united conclusion that oil companies responsible for severe environmental degradation should leave without delay.

Other speakers outlined how the oil industry has provoked violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta, with women bearing the burnt of the assaults. Emem Okon, the head of the Women’s Development and Resource Centre in the city of Port Harcourt, alleged that the oil companies’ own security personnel have been involved in attacks on women. She also said the Nigerian army had committed grave violations of human rights.

‚ÄúIn Ogoniland, the government set up the Rivers State Internal Security Task Force, and what these soldiers did was to use women as a weapon of war. A lot of women were raped, a lot of young girls were taken into sexual slavery.‚ÄĚ

The head of Friends of the Earth International, Nnimmo Bassey, said environmental justice for the Niger Delta will be a long struggle. ‚ÄúThe regime of responsibility has been so well entrenched and there’s the military backing for what the oil companies are doing, the govenment is behind them,‚ÄĚ he says.

“There are a lot of restrictions. A lot more work is still going to be done, but one day, when nobody expects it… the people will prevail.‚ÄĚ

(END/2011)

Share

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,

People of Colour United to Defend Migrants

Posted on 09 February 2011 by admin

Ebrima Sillah interviews GERALD LENOIR, executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

BAJI brings communities together to support the resistance that U.S. immigrants themselves are organising. Credit: BAJI

BAJI brings communities together to support the resistance that U.S. immigrants themselves are organising. Credit: BAJI

DAKAR, Feb 9 (TerraViva) – The Black Alliance for Just Immigration works to link migrants from all over the world with African-American communities in the United States in order to fight for socio-economic justice.

Far from seeing migrants as potential rivals for jobs as a recession bites deeply into the U.S. workforce, Lenoir says it is in African-Americans interest to support fair and just immigration reform.

Q. What  are the problems of immigration when it comes to Africans in the United States?

A. I think the problem with immigration comes about due to quotas that make it very difficult for people to migrate into the United States.

The United States along with the European powers is distorting their economies within Africa, in fact invading those economies and forcing the flow of migration and also supporting undemocratic regimes that are also forcing the flow of migration because of the lack of rights within the countries of Africa.

So we think that the United States and the West play a very destructive role in terms of the social fabric and the economy of African countries.

Q: What are some of the problems that migrants face after getting to the United States?

A. Racism is very rampant in the United States.  Even though we fought the civil rights struggle, the black power movements of the sixties and seventies, and opened up a democratic space in the United States.

What we’re seeing is that white supremacist groupings are now forming around the issue of immigration and are promoting racial profiling of Latinos and Africans and Afro-Caribbeans and Afro-Latinos and are trying to roll back the rights of people of colour all over the United States.

African immigrants are being caught up in the raids ¬†and the deportations, there are massive raids and deportations going on particularly African immigrants from West African countries are being deported, denied jobs. Patients are being deported…

So we are resisting that and trying to concientise our African-American community to support  the resistance that immigrants themselves are organising. We are trying to bring together our communities together because African-Americans are also impacted by the rise of racism in the United States.

(END/2011)

Share

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

Caos com cancelamento de reservas na Universidade Cheikh Anta Diop

Posted on 08 February 2011 by admin

Por Thandi Winston e Ebrima Sillah

Dacar, Senegal, 7/2/2011 (IPS/TerraViva) ‚Äď O primeiro dia de encontros e discuss√Ķes no F√≥rum Social Mundial foi marcado pelo caos sobre onde seriam realizados os inumer√°veis semin√°rios. Continue Reading

Share

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

Venue Chaos as UCAD Cancels Reservations

Posted on 07 February 2011 by admin

By Thandi Winston and Ebrima Sillah

The first day of meetings and discussions at the World Social Forum has been marred by chaos over venues for the myriad sessions. Continue Reading

Share

Comments (1)

Tags: , , , , , ,

Forum Opens With March Through Dakar

Posted on 07 February 2011 by admin

Activists from Senegal were joined by tens of thousands from around as they marched through the Senegalese capital to mark the opening of the World Social Forum.

Ebrima Sillah reports from Dakar.

Share

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,

World Social Forum Arrives in Dakar

Posted on 05 February 2011 by admin

By Ebrima Sillah

Tens of thousands of activists and campaigners have started arriving in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to take part in the World Social Forum. Dakar’s traffic jams are always painful, but gridlocked commuters these days can amuse themselves studying the energetic forum participants arriving in grand style: long caravans of vehicles plastered with all kinds of messages and slogans. Continue Reading

Share

Comments (1)

Advertisement - CAIXA

World Assembly of Migrants
TerraViva - 9 February 2011
TerraViva - 9 February 2011   TerraViva - 8 February 2011   TerraViva - 7 February 2011

Key Global Coverage on IPS NEWS

IPSNews Pictures on www.flickr.com
 

			Nnimmo Bassey - Friends of the Earth, Nigeria   
			Seminar on Migration   
			Traders at the WSF   
 

			The People Need to Take Leadership   
			WSF attracts global participation   
			Representatives from Western Sahara at the WSF   
Multimedia content Partners

Flamme d'Afrique     Panos Institute West Africa

World Social Forum