Africa Now November 12, 2014 Afro-Brazilians and the Recent Elections in Brazil

Africa Now November 12, 2014 Afro-Brazilians and the Recent Elections in Brazil

Topic and Guests: Afro-Brazilians and the Recent Elections in Brazil with Dr. Clarence Lusane and in Salvador, Brazil Mr. Paulo Rogério Nunes.  As Brazil commemorates Black Consciousness Month on heels of the general elections in October; today Africa Now! focuses on those elections and what they meant for Afro-Brazilians.  Dr. Clarence Lusane, is Professor of Political Science and International Relations, and the former Program Director for Comparative and Regional Studies in the School of International Service at American University; and Mr. Paulo Rogério Nunes, is co-founder and executive director of the Instituto Midia Etnica (midiaetnica.org) and the news portal Correio Nagô.

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Africa Now November 5, 2014 Ebola Crisis: Confronting the Virus and Stigmatization

Africa Now November 5, 2014 Ebola Crisis: Confronting the Virus and Stigmatization

Topic and Guests: Update on Ebola Crisis—Confronting the Virus and Stigmatization on the Ground and in the Diaspora.  Today Africa Now! continues its on-going focus on the Ebola crisis.  The West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hit hard by the Ebola virus.  People in region and Africans worldwide have had to not  only confront Ebola but also the accompanying stigmatization the virus brings.  Joining Africa Now! to discuss how people are Confronting the Virus and Stigmatization on the Ground and in the Diaspora are: Mr. Nii Akuetteh, of  the Ebola Task Force of the African Immigrant Caucus; Mr. Evelyn A. Lewis, CEO and Founder SBTS Group Washington II Freetown  II  Pune; Dr. Dougbeh-Chris Nyan, head of the Diaspora Liberian Emergency Response Task Force on the Ebola Crisis; and in Monrovia, Liberia Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, is the Legal Consultant of the Liberia Law Society.

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Africa Now October 29, 2014 Cholera and the UN in Haiti

Africa Now October 29, 2014 Cholera and the UN in Haiti

Topic and Guests: Cholera and the UN in Haiti.  WPFW has continuously been YOUR BEACON OF LIGHT AS THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES and with that spirit, today’s Africa Now! will highlight the on-going movement to make the UN accountable with its role bringing cholera to Haiti.  Last week on October 23, 2014 a Manhattan court heard the case against the UN presented by families of victims of cholera outbreak in Haiti.   To discuss cholera and the UN in Haiti are:  Mr. Jake Johnston, Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR); and Ms. Beatrice Lindstrom, Esq. a human rights lawyer and Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). 

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Africa Now October 22, 2014 Land Reform in South Africa

Africa Now October 22, 2014 Land Reform in South Africa

Topic and Guest: Land Reform in South Africa.  WPFW has continuously been YOUR BEACON OF LIGHT AS THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES and with that spirit, today’s Africa Now! will highlight Land Reform in South Africa.  The African National Congress (ANC) in 1994 had said by 2014 it would transfer one third of South Africa’s land from white farmers to black residents: but a few years ago the deadline was moved to 2025.  In her new book, We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program, Professor Bernadette Atuahene provides a bottom up view of the successes and failures of land restitution in South Africa.  Dr. Bernadette Atuahene is a law professor at Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation.    She has written extensively about land issues.

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Africa Now October 15, 2014 Storytellers and Activists of Liberation

Africa Now October 15, 2014 Storytellers and Activists of Liberation

Topic and Guests: Storytellers and Activists of Liberation.   The Storytellers and Activists of Liberation featured are: Dr. Greg Carr, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law; Mr. James Early, Director Cultural Heritage Policy at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; renowned award-winning filmmaker Professor Haile Gerima, of John H. Johnson School of Communications' Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard University; Dr. Quito Swan, Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Howard University; and Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja, Associate professor and Chair of the department of African-American studies at Georgia State University.

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Africa Now October 1, 2014 Is the BRICS Bank More of the Same or A Challenge to IFIs

Africa Now October 1, 2014 Is the BRICS Bank More of the Same or A Challenge to IFIs

Topic and Guests: Is the BRICS Bank more of the same or a challenge to the International Financial Institutions?  Featuring Dr. Patrick Bond, Director of the Centre for Civil Society and professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies in Durban, South Africa; and Ms. Deborah James, the Director of International Programs at Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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Africa Now September 24, 2014 Ebola Crisis in West Africa: Perspectives from the Ground and the Diaspora

Africa Now September 24, 2014 Ebola Crisis in West Africa: Perspectives from the Ground and the Diaspora

Topic and Guests: Mr. Ishmeal Alfred Charles, Healey International Relief Foundation Program Manager in Sierra Leone working with Caritas-Freetown; Dr. Dougbeh-Chris Nyan, head the Diaspora Liberian Emergency Response Task Force on the Ebola Crisis; and Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, is the Legal Consultant of the Liberia Law Society, and is a renowned Human Rights Lawyer in his country.

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Africa Now September 17, 2014 Analyses of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Africa Now September 17, 2014 Analyses of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Topic and Guests: Analyses of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.  Africa Now! featured a debriefing hosted by Advocacy Network on Africa (ADNA) and Africa Now! at Busboys and Poets which analyzed the summit.  The panelists at the debriefing were: Mr. Nii Akuetteh, an independent Africa policy analyst; Dr. William Minter, writer, researcher, and activist focusing particularly on southern Africa and international issues, and editor of the online newsletter AfricaFocus; and Ms. Emira Woods, the Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs at ThoughtWorks.

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Africa Now September 10, 2014 Land Grab in the African World

Africa Now September 10, 2014 Land Grab in the African World

Topic and Guests: Land Grab in the African World.  The rise of food prices in 2008; increased need for biofuels; mining; and speculation have been catalysts of the modern-day land grab in Africa and Latin America specifically and the rest of the global South.  Featured on Africa Now! to discuss the issue of Land Grab in the African World is Ms. Binta Terrier, Founder and Executive of Partnership League for Africa’s Development (PLAD); and Mr. Marino Córdoba, President of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES).

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Africa Now August 27, 2014 Palm Oil Workers in Liberia and African Heritage Month

Africa Now August 27, 2014 Palm Oil Workers in Liberia and African Heritage Month

Topics and Guests: The Plight of Palm Oil Workers in Liberia; and African Heritage Month.  A conversation with Liberian trade union activist Mr. Edwin Cisco (Vice-President of the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL) about the working and living conditions of workers on the palm oil plantations in his country. Mr. Daniel Koroma, Community Outreach Manager, Liaison to African and Caribbean Communities Office of Community Partnerships, Montgomery County and Ms. Fatmata Barrie, a member of the African Affairs Advisory Group in Montgomery County discuss African Heritage Month in Montgomery County, Maryland in September.

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Africa Now August 20, 2014 Structural Violence on The African World and the film For the Cause

Africa Now August 20, 2014 Structural Violence on The African World and the film For the Cause

Topics and Guests: Structural Violence on The African World From Ferguson to Tottenham to Rio to Soweto; and the film “For the Cause.”  A discussion with Africa Now! Executive Producer Dr. James Pope on Structural Violence on The African World From Ferguson to Tottenham to Rio to Soweto.  Also featured is filmmaker Katherine Nero discussing her film For the Cause.

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Africa Now August 13, 2014 Fela Kuti’s Use of Culture as Critical Consciousness; and the U.S. Militarization of Africa

Africa Now August 13, 2014 Fela Kuti’s Use of Culture as Critical Consciousness; and the U.S. Militarization of Africa

Topic and Guests: Fela Kuti’s Use of Culture as Critical Consciousness; and the U.S. Militarization of Africa. A discussion with renowned musician Femi Kuti about Fela Kuti’s musical and political contribution.  Dr. Horace Campbell, professor in the Department of African American Studies and Dept. of Political Science at Syracuse University, analysis of the U.S. military industrial complex in Africa. 

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Africa Now August 6, 2014 W.E.B. Du Bois' Double Consciousness; and U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Africa Now August 6, 2014 W.E.B. Du Bois' Double Consciousness; and U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Topics and Guests: W.E.B. Du Bois' Double Consciousness; and U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Dr. Joseph Evans, pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Washington, DC.  Ms. Brenda Mofya, of the Liaison Office of Oxfam with the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is the Pan-Africa Policy Advisor on peace security and humanitarian affairs.    

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Africa Now July 30, 2014 8th Pan African Congress and U.S. Support of Dictators

Africa Now July 30, 2014 8th Pan African Congress and U.S. Support of Dictators

Topic and Guests: the Eighth Pan African Congress; and From the past to the Present--U.S. Support of Dictators. Dr. Horace Campbell is professor in the Department of African American Studies and Department of Political Science at Syracuse University.  Mr. Nii Akuetteh is an independent Africa policy analyst based in Washington, DC. 

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Africa Now July 23, 2014 Brazil After the World Cup & U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Africa Now July 23, 2014 Brazil After the World Cup & U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Topic and Guests: Brazil After the World Cup and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit; with Mr. Paulo Rogério Nunes, co-Founder and Executive Director of the Instituto Midia Etnica (midiaetnica.org) and the news portal Correio Nagô and Ms. Nunu Kidane, Director, Priority Africa Network (PAN).

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Africa Now July 16, 2014 Perceptions of and Effects on Afro-Colombians of the Peace Talks

Africa Now July 16, 2014 Perceptions of and Effects on Afro-Colombians of the Peace Talks

Topic and Guest: Perceptions of and Effects on Afro-Colombians of the Peace Talks Between FARC and the Colombian Government featuring Mr. Marino Córdoba, President of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES).  Yesterday (July 15) talks that began in Havana, Cuba on November 19, 2012 between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC) and the Colombian government to end the 50-year conflict resumed.

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Africa Now July 9, 2014 Abducted School Girls Crisis in Nigeria Nears 90 Days

Africa Now July 9, 2014 Abducted School Girls Crisis in Nigeria Nears 90 Days

Topic and Guests: July 14 will mark 90 days since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria on the night of April 14-15 in Chibok, in Borno State, Nigeria.  So far there has been very little positive news in resolving this crisis.  Two weeks ago a teach-in about the situation occurred at Busboys and Poets.  The teach-in was part of TransAfrica’s Cabral/Truth Circle in collaboration with the Nigerian Diaspora led organization Act4Accountability.

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Africa Now July 2, 2014 Forms of Resistance in the African American Freedom Struggle

Africa Now July 2, 2014 Forms of Resistance in the African American Freedom Struggle

Topic and Guest: Africa Now! continued to look at the liberation movements in various forms in the African World by highlighting the freedom movement in Mississippi.  Africa Now! also spotlighted this topic as we reflect 50 years after “Freedom Summer” and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.   Associate professor and Chair of the department of African-American studies at Georgia State University Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja focuses on the resistance in the African American freedom struggle in Mississippi in his book We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

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Africa Now June 25, 2014 Gerald Horne on William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle

Africa Now June 25, 2014 Gerald Horne on William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle

Topic and Guest: Africa Now! continued to commemorate Caribbean American Heritage Month by focusing on an important figure in the African American freedom struggle: William Patterson, whose father had roots in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  Gerald Horne, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of History at University of Houston, in February discussed the activism of William Patterson and what it means for us today.  The discussion at Sankofa Video, Books and Café centered on Professor Horne’s book entitled Black Revolutionary:  William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle. 

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