Different but same-same?
Movement building in times of right-wing populismTetet Nera-Lauron
of IBON International in the Philippines reflects on the question of how social movements and peoples’ organizations can build power in times of a wave of far-right populism, a populism that is marked with protectionist governments and rhetoric, blatant xenophobia, sexism and discrimination, and power remaining in the hands of the wealthy elite and corporations. Tetet explores the question of whether this wave of populism is new at all, or if it is the same tendencies of power and distribution the world has seen for decades with a different packaging. She also explores the question of how we confront these challenges whilst holding onto our vision of long term systemic economic and political change. Tetet will speak on this theme at the upcoming conference of the EDGE Funders Alliance, “Reorganizing Power for System Change”, which will be held in Barcelona in April 2017.
A presence of hope and action
Each week, Al Quds Newspaper (the largest circulation daily newspaper in
the Palestinian territories), publishes a column that is authored by
Kairos Palestine. The column, “A Moment of Truth,” is named after the
Palestinian Kairos Document that was published in 2009.
In December 2016, Rifat Kassis
(former coordinator for
Kairos Palestine, and current member of the coordination group) was
published in an article entitled “The Future of Christians in Palestine:
Presence rather than Existence.” In this month’s “Voices from the
South,” we present an adapted article that was based on Rifat’s original
Arabic piece. Rifat discusses three theological elements that are
crucial to understanding how Christians in the region have managed to
preserve their existence and role in their societies.
Global resistance against injustice
Where do we go from here?
In the context of growing political, social and economic setbacks globally and regionally, as well as the deepening environmental crisis, a broad network of Brazilian social organizations and movements hosted the Social Forum of Resistances held in January 2017 in Porto Alegre, Brazil (the birthplace of the World Social Forum). The forum aimed to bring together movements from across Brazil, South America and further, in order to set focus on resistance and the global struggle for democracy, the rights of peoples, and the rights of the planet. In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we speak with Mauri Cruz, leader of the organizing committee of the Social Forum on Resistances in Porto Alegre, on why movements are joining together in the struggle, what the key resistances are, and the way ahead in the struggle for a more just world.
A Year at a Glance 2016
Karibu Foundation Annual Report for 2016
"A Year at a Glance” is a small collection of some impressions and
glimpses from various programmes and activities organized by partners of
the Karibu Foundation in 2016. Click below to read more.
From Subject to Citizen
Follow-up interview with young Ghanaian leader
Last summer, Karibu spoke with then-28 year old Cedric Dzelu from Ghana about his participation in the African Alliance of YMCA's Subject to Citizen (S2C) program. The S2C program aims to move youth to a state of citizenship where they are able to identify the root causes of problems in their own societies, and to make positive change at various levels of decision-making. Karibu speaks to Cedric again, a year later, to hear about his experiences in the program and the role of young people in making change in Africa.
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.