Resisting Militarization

The Making of the Film “Village vs. Empire”

Jeju Island, off the coast of South Korea, is also known as Stone Island, Peace Island, and Women’s Island. It is home to no less than seven world heritage sites. But it is a paradise with dark side.  Here on this tiny ecologically unique island, a village is confronting an empire.   In Gangjeong village, on the southern tip the island, the U.S. and the South Korean navies have been building a huge naval base as part of a geopolitical strategy to ring-fence China.  They are thus thrusting the islanders in the crosshairs of future conflict.

Emmy-award winning South African film director Mark J. Kaplan speaks with Karibu about his new documentary, Village vs. Empire, which sheds light on Jeju and the daily non-violent resistance efforts against the military base.  He talks about his motivation in making the film, the moral imagination of the villagers who are resisting the base, and the seemingly immovable forces they face.  The film had its first private screening in Cape Town, South Africa in September 2016.


Challenges for democracy and communication in Latin America

Voices from the South - August 2016
After a long period of social and economic progress in Latin America, new  neoliberal, right-wing governments have begun overturning a number of social and democratic protections in the region. Sally Burch of the Latin America Information Agency (ALAI) in Quito, Ecuador presents a picture of the current challenges facing the region and its continual struggle for sovereignty.  Sally highlights in particular the importance of alternative media outlets as means to connect and integrate peoples and social movements across the region, and as a counter-force to big business media monopolies in the region that discredit and undermine progressive processes and policies.


Envisioning a New Syria: Declaration of the conference on the future of the Syrian Constitution

Voices from the South - May 2016
In late April 2016, the “Conference on the Principles of a Future Syrian Constitution” was held outside of Vienna, organized by the International Peace Initiative for Syria (IPIS).  Twenty-eight Syrian participants (leaders of ethnic minority groups, experts in Law, Islamic Sheiks, representatives of women’s organizations, and renowned politicians from the opposition) met to discuss the question of Syria’s future after years of violence and civil war.    In their final declaration on the vision for a future Syrian constitution, they mapped out 8 substantial points that represent a new “social contract” for the Syrian people. According to the office of the UN-negotiator for Syria, the declaration represents a valuable compliment to the ongoing  peace process on Syria that is taking place in Geneva.


Nothing About Us Without Us

Voices from the South - March 2016
Ms. Eni Lestari of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) speaks of her experience as an Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong, and of the necessity to applify the voices of migrant communities in settings where migration is debated.   She argues that most international and governmental platforms that address migration are detached from the daily struggles of migrants, and that the voices of the millions of migrant workers, imigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and their families must be involved when policy is set about them.  A link to the video from her speech to the UN is included.


Sign of Hope in Iraq: Labor Movements and Social Movements Stand Together to Pass Labor Law

Voices from the South - February 2016
Wesam Chaseb Oudah, Iraq Program Manager for the Solidarity Center and representative of trade unions to the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), reflects on the experience of building a broad coalition of labor movements, social movements, and activists to turn the demands of the people into a new labor law, considered to be among the strongest in the region. He also reflects on the necessity for future collaboration between social and labor movements in the process of building a new Iraq.


Grants shared in 2015

The Karibu Foundation is committed to supporting organizations and networks in Latin America, Asia, and Africa (and in some occasions global networks) that provide alternatives to the dominant paradigms of power, distribution, and development.  Karibu has contributed to the following partners and projects in 2015:


A Year at a Glance

Karibu Foundation Annual Report for 2015
"A Year at a Glance” is a small collection of some impressions and glimpses from various programmes and activities organised by partners of the Karibu Foundation in 2015.  We also present a glimpse of Karibu's 30 year history, which is being marked in 2015/2016. Click below to read more.

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