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Weerstand tegen het VN REDD project in Kenia

De No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) heeft op 12 maart in een open brief naar de VN en de Keniaanse regering opgeroepen om het REDD project in Kenia te annuleren om zo gedwongen verhuizingen van de Sengwer gemeenschap te stoppen. Het REDD initiatief: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, is bedoeld om de uitstoot van broeikasgassen te verminderen maar brengt in Kenia negatieve gevolgen voor de inheemse bevolking met zich.

Prime minister Libya ousted by parliament

Libya’s Prime Minster, Ali Zeidan, was ousted by parliament, the General National Congress, after a vote of no confidence on Tuesday 11 March. Zeidan was blamed for letting an oil tanker, laden with rebel sold oil, escape naval forces. Zeidan will be temporarily replaced by Defence Minister Abdallah al-Thinni.

Upcoming elections Serbia

On 30 January Serbia president Tomislav Nikolic called early parliamentary elections for 16 March. According to the president Serbia “shall certainly get a government with more energy and enthusiasm and released from problems that this government has solved.” The coalition government, in which the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is the main party, explained its request for early elections by the need to ensure ‘as wide as possible support for accelerated reforms and modernization of Serbia’. However, the fact that SNS is skyrocketing in all polls (above 40%) is considered as crucial factor for SNS to go to the polls and having its leader Aleksandar Vucic as prime minister.

Feminismes in Afrika en de rol van de digitale ruimte

Afgelopen zaterdag vierde de wereld Internationale Vrouwendag. Op deze jaarlijks terugkerende feestdag wordt stilgestaan bij structurele problemen die vrouwen ondervinden. Over de hele wereld worden activiteiten georganiseerd die in het teken staan van internationale solidariteit. Dit jaar was het thema ‘inspiring change,’ gericht op het uitdagen van de patriarchale verhoudingen die ongelijkheid tussen mannen en vrouwen in stand houden en versterken. Deze ‘change’ wordt steeds meer bereikt in Afrika waar feministische bewegingen meer invloed verkrijgen. Op politiek gebied streven ze het Western voorbij. Het internet en de digitale ruimte an sich speelt hierbij een steeds belangrijkere rol.

Erdogan warns of a possible ban on social media Facebook and YouTube

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has given a warning that his government will block social media networks YouTube and Facebook, which feature in the growing corruption scandal. “If necessary” he would ban them, suggesting that “he would not sacrifice the Turkish people” to the two websites. Both platforms were used to spread the leaks of alleged phone calls between Erdoğan and his son in which they discuss how to hide vast sums of money. The Prime Minister dismisses those phone calls as being a fake montage by his rivals, which he deems ‘vile’ and ‘immoral’. After the local elections on 30th of March, he warned, new steps will therefore be taken to tighten the government’s grip over the internet.

Crimean parliament votes to join Russia

The parliament of Ukraine’s southern region, Crimea, has voted unanimously in favor of joining Russia. The vote coincided with an announcement that a referendum on Crimea's status was being brought forward to March 16. The question to be put to voters will be whether their region should enjoy autonomy within Ukraine or join Russia.

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