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MAYIBUYE! IAFRICA!

In January 2014, a group of Africans from many physical, spiritual, and political locations began conversations around the deteriorating state of our Continent, the fundamentalisms that divide us and the multiple forms of violence that harm us.

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Exclusive. Interview with Cécile Kyenge: ‘The right to citizenship is a major issue for Italian society’

Rome (Italy) – Racial insults, death threats, the throwing of bananas, call for rape. This is what’s been happening in Italy since Cécile Kyenge was appointed minister for Integration. ‘Frankly, I did not expect this level of verbal abuse’, said the first woman with African origins (Congolese, to be precise) to enter an Italian government. In this exclusive interview with Afronline.org and Echos des Grands Lacs, Kyenge said she would respond ‘to the political class’ failure to act. They do not understand that it is not simply about me. These attacks take place in Italian society as a whole and the institutions’. Moreover, ‘migrants are not responsible for the Italian economic crisis’.

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Africa: Autochthony, citizenship and conflict

The concept of autochthony – that one is entitled to ‘belong’ because of ancestral rights or “this is ours because we were here first” – is in many ways an attractive one when looking at political, economic and military conflict in Africa. Land is and always has been a key factor on a continent where agriculture is still at the heart of most economies and non-urban communities.

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Beyond the genocidal concept of tribal homelands

‘East Africa has two post-colonial traditions of citizenship’, writes Mahmood Mamdani: territorial and ethnic. If the region is to have a political federation, it will need to be based on a common citizenship, he argues: ‘Which one will it be?’

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