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Gabeba Baderoon to Deliver Lecture on Slavery, Race and Gender at Villanova University, Pennsylvania

Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheidGabeba Baderoon, the author of Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheid will be delivering a lecture entitled “Muslims, Slavery and the Making of Race and Sex in South Africa” at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

The event is sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Arab & Islamic Studies.

The lecture is being given in the St David’s Room at Villanova University on Thursday, 30 October, from 4 to 5:30 PM.

Catch it if you can!

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  • Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014
  • Time: 4 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Venue: Villanova University
    St David’s Room
    Connelly Center
    Villanova University Main Campus | Map

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Piero Gleijeses on Why the US Should Have Asked for Angola’s Forgiveness, from Visions of Freedom

Visions of FreedomThe New York Times eXaminer has shared an excerpt from Visions of Freedom: Havanna, Washington, Pretoria and the Struggle for Southern Africa 1976-1991 by Piero Gleijeses.

Stephen Roblin wrote an introduction to the excerpt. The excerpted chapter is a reflection on a meeting between George W. Bush and José Eduardo dos Santos in 2002. He says that the American president’s attitude towards his towards his Angolan counterpart was not what it ought to have been, given the countries’ entwined histories. Bush was paternalistic, but he should have been asking for forgiveness for supporting South Africa and playing a role in the civil war that ravaged Angola for more than two decades.

Roblin says that it is important that we take note of this piece of history.

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In the United States, the same Congress that was imposing sanctions on South Africa against Reagan’s wishes had embraced UNITA, Pretoria’s protégé. On June 11, 1985, the Senate had repealed the Clark Amendment, which had prohibited covert operations in Angola for almost a decade, by a sixty-three to thirty-four vote, and the House had followed suit on July 10. The repeal would become effective on October 1, 1985, with the beginning of the new fiscal year.

In seeking repeal, the administration and its supporters had argued, disingenuously, that they were not necessarily thinking of helping Savimbi, but wanted to eliminate a cumbersome restraint on the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

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Gabeba Baderoon To Discuss Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-apartheid at Pennsylvania State University

Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheidPennsylvania State University’s Department of Women’s Studies invites you to the book launch and discussion of Gabeba Baderoon’s latest book Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-apartheid on Wednesday, 17 September.

Baderoon is an assistant professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She will speak to associate professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies, Alicia Decker, about Regarding Muslims.

The discussion will be from 3:30 to 5 PM. Don’t miss out!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 17 September 2014
  • Time: 3:30 to 5 PM
  • Venue: Pennsylvania State University,
    Women’s Studies Department,
    118 Willard Building
    University Park,
    PA | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Alicia Decker
  • RSVP: Marie Carlson, (001) 814 867 4561

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Cold War Role in Namibia’s Independence from South Africa Explored in Visions of Freedom

Visions of FreedomNew from Wits Press, Visions of Freedom: Havanna, Washington, Pretoria and the Struggle for Southern Africa 1976-1991, by Piero Gleijeses:

During the final 15 years of the Cold War, southern Africa underwent a period of upheaval, with dramatic twists and turns in relations between the superpowers. Americans, Cubans, Soviets and Africans fought over the future of Angola, where tens of thousands of Cuban soldiers were stationed, ready to decolonise Namibia, Africa’s last colony. Beyond lay the great prize: South Africa. Piero Gleijeses uses archival sources, particularly from the United States, South Africa, and the closed Cuban archive, to provide an unprecedented international history of this important theatre of the late Cold War.

These sources all point to one conclusion: by humiliating the United States and defying the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro changed the course of history in southern Africa. It was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to give Namibia its independence and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. In the words of Nelson Mandela, the Cubans “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.”

Visions of Freedom tells a remarkable and sweeping history of Cuba’s role in assisting the so-called Third World from the clutches of white domination. Written with intrigue and insight, it will appeal to scholars of international politics, historians and the general reader interested in Southern African history.

About the author

Piero Gleijeses, born 1944 in Venice, Italy, is a professor of United States foreign policy at the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is best known for his scholarly studies of Cuban foreign policy under Fidel Castro, which earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, and has also published several works on US intervention in Latin America. He is the only foreign scholar to have been allowed access to the Cuba’s Castro-era government archives.

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Mandisi Majavu Condemns Israel’s Treatment of African Asylum Seekers

Visual CenturyIn an article for The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS), Mandisi Majavu, co-editor of Visual Century: South African Art in Context 1907-2007, considers Israel’s reaction to African refugees.

About 10,000 African asylum seekers took to the streets in protest last month, after Israel refused to grant them refugee status. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly called asylum seekers from Africa “infiltrators” who “threaten the Jewish character of Israel”.

Majavu examines Israel’s relationship with Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea, and says it has a responsibility to those nations.

Mainstream Israeli institutions view Africans as inferior and the “other”. To stop black Africans from entering Israel, the state has closed off its southern border with Egypt. A four hundred million dollar fence has been erected by Israel to prevent black Africans from crossing the border into Israel. This means that the State of Israel not only has an apartheid wall to keep out Palestinians, but it now has a ‘colour fence’ of sorts to keep out black African asylum seekers too.

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  • Visual Century: South African Art in Context 1907-2007 edited by Gavin Jantjes, Jillian Carman, Lize van Robbroeck, Mandisi Majavu, Mario Pissarra, Thembinkosi Goniwe
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Adekeye Adebajo Considers the Legacy of Latin American Economist Raul Prebisch

The EU and AfricaAdekeye Adebajo, executive director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), and co-editor of The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa, recently profiled the Argentinean economist Raul Prebisch, contrasting him in some ways to another famous Argentinean, Che Guevara.

In the profile he lists Prebisch’s achievements, including the one he’s most noted for – the theory of “structuralism”. Adebajo notes that in the end it may not have entirely worked, but the idea and enthusiasm behind a plan to integrate and uplift Latin American countries was indeed an admirable one. Adebajo looks at the Prebisch’s legacy, in light of the struggles of Africa’s own region-building challenges.

As Africa struggles with the challenges of region-building, it is worth considering the legacy of Raul Prebisch, a visionary Argentinian economist who contributed tremendously to the building of Latin America 60 years ago. Prebisch was born in 1901. He studied and taught economics at the University of Buenos Aires before serving as undersecretary of finance and agriculture. At 34, he became the first director of Argentina’s central bank, serving a military-backed oligarchy, which later became discredited. His world view was heavily influenced by orthodox western economic thinking.

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CCR Launches The European Union and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa

The EU and AfricaThe Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) launched The European Union and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa at the Cape Town Book Fair. This book highlights the political, socioeconomic, and cultural dimensions of the European Union’s relationship with Africa.

Professor Gilbert Khadiagala chaired the discussion between one of the editors of the book, Dr Adekeye Adebajo, and Professor Jimi Adesina of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of the Western Cape.

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