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Below you will find a list of materials developed by the Karibu Foundation, and its partner network. In addition, you can view a database (currently in development) of the books available at the Karibu office in Oslo. For inquires, contact post@karibu.no


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#JeSuisCharlie:Challenges after the Charlie Hebdo shootings

Voices from the South - January 2015
Following the gruesome and unjustifiable violence that rocked Paris earlier this month by Islamic extremists, global media attention and discourse quickly focused on the challenges related to extremism, freedom of expression, and the use of violence.  Around the world, the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (“I am Charlie”) become a visible symbol of solidarity with the victims of the attack, a phrase in support for free speech, and a rallying cry for freedom of self-expression in areas rocked by heartbreaking violence.

In response to the attacks in Paris, and without down playing the unacceptable crimes they were, two of our partners have chosen to reflect on some of the challenges the global community now faces.  First, Carlos Sanvee of the African Alliance of YMCAs (Kenya), challenges the global community to also remember the gruesome acts of extremist groups outside of the Global North, challenging us in this case to also be in solidarity with the victims of the Nigerian village of Baga.   Second, Ranjan Solomon of Badayl Alternatives (India) asks the question of the limits of freedom of expression:  are we free to say whatever we want about the “other,” even if it is offensive and cruel intentioned?  Their thoughts push us to more closely consider how we respond to injustices worldwide.  Click to read more.

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A Year at a Glance

Karibu Foundation Annual Report 2014
"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 2014.  Click below to read more.

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Highlights from Karibu Seminar on the Limitations of the Global Norths Peace Agenda

Voices from the South for November 2014
Norway, along with many other nations in the Global North, often describes itself as being committed to an international peace and development agenda. This is demonstrated in a variety of approaches, ranging from humanitarian intervention and military support, to supporting peace negotiations, to providing humanitarian assistance in crisis areas, to supporting projects aimed at strengthening the respect for human rights and the development of stronger democracies. The question remains, however, of what are the limitations and possible harmful side effects of these various types of peace initiatives?

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we highlight some of the main perspectives and and conclusions raised during a recent seminar coordinated by Karibu and the Church of Norway's Council on International and Ecumenical Affairs on this issue. The text features reflections by Beverly Keene (Jubilee South, Argentina), Michel Nseir (World Council of Churches, Lebanon/Switzerland), Kolade Fadahunsi (Kairos Nigeria, Nigeria), and Nadia al-Baghdady (Iraqi Social Forum, Iraq).

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Towards a World Without Empire

The Imperative of Interfaith Solidarity
With its roots connected to the “International Ecumenical Conference on Terrorism in a Globalised World” that was held in September 2002, the People’s Forum on Peace for Life is an interfaith movement for peace and justice, which resists imperialism, economic globalization and militarism—in all their forms and in all places of the global North and South. In October 2014, the network gathered in Davao City, the Philippines for an international interfaith encounter and peace festival, which also marked the network’s 10th anniversary.   

This month’s Voices from the South highlights the opening address of Carmencita Karagdag, Coordinator of Peace for Life, at the peace festival.   Here Carmenctia presents the history of the movement, paints a picture of the challenges ahead, and challenges people of faith to resist a world where religious divides are exploited and exacerbated in order to advance the agenda of global economic and military domination.  Click to view.

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The Missing Peaces: Challenges of the Global Norths Peace Agenda

Open Seminar on 30 October 2014 at Litteraturhuset in Oslo
The Karibu Foundation, together with the Church of Norways Council on Ecumenical and International Relations (Mellomkirkelig råd), will be hosting an open seminar entitled "The Missing Peaces: Challenges of the Global North's Peace Agenda" from 09:30-11:30 on Thursday, 30. October 2014. The seminar will explore the missing pieces, limitations, and possible harmful sides of the Global North's "peace agenda" from the perspective of a number of voices from the Global South.   Click below for more information and registration.

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Kairos Palestine after 5 Years

Interview with Rifat Kassis, Coordinator of Kairos Palestine
In December 2009, the “Kairos Palestine” document was launched by a broad coalition of Christian leaders in the Holy Land.  Described as the “Christian Palestinians’ word to the world about what is happening in Palestine,” the document has since developed into a global movement of ecumenical networks, organizations, and people of good will who are struggling to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and for a just peace for both peoples.

In this month’s “Voices from the South,”  Karibu speaks with the General
Coordinator of Kairos Palestine, Rifat Odeh Kassis, about the document’s 5th anniversary,  its contribution to bringing to situation in Palestine and Israel closer to a just peace, and the network’s strategy moving into the future.  The article is part of the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 21.-28. September 2014 (worldweekforpeace.org).  Click below to read.

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Threats to Womens Rights and Dignity

Tourism and Gender in Africa
It is estimated that one out of every 20 jobs on the African continent is related to tourism, especially in key tourism countries and attractions such as those found in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Egypt, Mali, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Being a predominantly male-dominated industry, however, with a high male patronage, tourism needs to be held accountable for its impact on women in varied and serious ways.

In this month’s Voices from the South, Ms. Omega Bula of Zambia explores the implications and impacts of commercial tourism on women’s rights and dignity. She argues that the ‘good news’ from tourism today lacks a class, racial, and gender justice analysis, and is hence not true for the majority of impoverished and marginalised women working in the tourism industry in Africa. This situation therefore demands life-giving economies and theologies that secure gender justice in the tourism industry in Africa, as well as the wider Global South.

The text consists of excerpts from Omega’s chapter in the newly published book, “Deconstructing Tourism: A Theological Reading from the Global South” (2014).

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A Call for Positive and Constructive Social Action in Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum releases unity statement admist growing violence in Iraq, and invites to Oslo conference Nov 2-4, 2014
Since January 2014, the UN estimates that around 1.2 million people have been uprooted in Iraq due to fighting between insurgents from Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), local Sunni tribes, Shia militias and the Iraqi Security Forces.  The current crisis threatens the future of peaceful co-existence of all Iraqi citizens, and the need for basic human rights,  a just peace, and a united civil society is more crucial now than ever.  

On July 7th, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), a joint process between Iraqi social movements, trade unions, civil society organizations and individual Iraqi social justice activists, released a statement and call for peace and justice amidst growing sectarian violence in their country.   The ISF also extends an urgent invitation to activists from around the world to come and hear their voice at the 2014 conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initative (ICSSI) to be held in Oslo, Norway in November.  Their call is found below.

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A Just Peace in the Wake of Dictatorship

An Interview with Nobel Peace Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and “Mothers of May Square-Founders Line” member Nora Morales de Cortiñas.
The Argentine dictatorship from 1976-1983 is widely recognized as one of the bloodiest historical episodes of 20th century Latin America.   Similar to other trends in the region at the time, the authoritarian right-wing regime in Argentina rose to power with backing from the US government as part of its anti-communist foreign policy initiatives. The Argentine regime argued that repression was a justified necessity to maintain political stability in the country, and it is estimated that between 15,000 and 30,000 citizens were tortured and killed during the period.  Many of these individuals simply “disappeared”—seized by the authorities and were never heard from again.
 
The legacies, impacts, and wounds of the dictatorship still remain deep in Argentina, and the fight for a just peace continues.   In May 2014, the Karibu Foundation sat down with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and prominent member of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo-Línea Fundadora (Mothers of May Square-Founders´ Line), Nora Morales de Cortiñas, in Buenos Aires to discuss the role of human rights activists, civil society, and everyday citizens in the struggle for justice. Click to access May 2014's "Voices from the South". 

Event

A Word to the ANC: Struggling for Justice in South Africa Twenty Years After 1994

Breakfast seminar with Edwin Arrison, Kairos Southern Africa, Friday, April 11th, 08:30-10:00
On April 27th, 1994, South Africans of all ethnic backgrounds were given the historic right to vote for their future as the apartheid regime fell. On May 7th this year, South Africans are again going to the polls though in a different political climate from 20 years before. Churches and civil society are increasingly criticizing the African National Congress (ANC)-led government of straying from their original vision of justice for all. This breakfast seminar will explore power, democracy, and justice issues in current South Africa.   More info and registration below.

E-Newsletter

US-Philippines Relations: Resurgent Neocolonialism

A presentation from the Ecumenical Bishops Forum’s international conference on US intervention in the affairs of sovereign nations
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Sonny Africa, Executive Director of the IBON Foundation in the Philippines, discusses the new proposed agreements between the US and the Philippines for greater US military presence in the country and the adverse impacts it will have on the sovereignty and dignity of the Filipino people.    After nearly fifty years of U.S. colonial presence in the Philippines (1898 to 1946), such a shift in military presence represents a resurgent neocolonialism presence in the country.   The article is based on a presentation given by the author at the Ecumenical Bishops Forum's international conference on US intervention in the affairs of sovereign nations in Davoa City, the Philippines in January 2014. 

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Transformative Resistance

Addressing structures of power and injustice
Around the world, grassroots movements, civil society organizations, and global citizens are joining together in their struggle to create a just world.   They are utilizing strategic and creative non-violent methods against particular powers, forces, policies, regimes, and economic systems that uphold systems of dominance and injustice.  

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Ranjan Solomon, director of Badayl Alternatives in India, explores the concept of “transformative resistance,” i.e. civil resistance efforts that aim for long-term systemic transformation.  This article will be the first in series of articles on civil resistance, a priority area for the Karibu Foundation’s work and advocacy in the next three years.

Annual Report

A Year at a Glance

Karibu Foundation Annual Report 2013
"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 2013.  Click below to read more.

E-Newsletter

Democratizing Communication for Latin American People's Integration

Voices from the South - November 2013
Latin American integration is a term that is often used when discussing various models of unity, political and economic sovereignty, and sustainable development between peoples and countries in the diverse and vibrant region.   After a long history of colonization and control by foreign actors, a unified and integrated Latin America places particular emphasis on the rights of peoples and their social and political participation, and envisions a Latin America that reduces its dependency on, and alignment with, powers in the Global North.   One mechanism towards and characteristic of such regional integration is access to democratic and independent media and communication sources.  Click below to read more.

E-NEWSLETTER

Stop Expansion of the WTO!

Call to Action for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Bali
In December 2013, official delegations from around the world will meet in Bali, Indonesia for the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference.   The Ministerial is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO, and the main topic on the agenda in Bali will focus on the future of the so-called “Doha Development Round,” a series of trade negotiations that have been stalled since 2008. While a vast majority of countries in the Global South have called for the abandonment of the Doha rounds and for the correction of imbalances within the existing WTO structures, many wealthy countries continue to push aside such demands, instead focusing on corporate interests and the expansion of global trade rules that rule in the favor of world’s most wealthy.

This month’s “Voices from the South” highlights a number of excerpts from the Call to Action on the Bali Ministerial from Karibu partner Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS). The Call to Action focuses on three main demands:  1.) the ending of the expansion of the WTO, 2.) the necessity for an alternative trade agenda, and 3.) the need for a change in Global Trade Systems that will works for the rights of the global 99%.

Event

Fred i Colombia: Forhandlingene, dagens situasjon og veien framover

Halvdagsseminar på 25. oktober
Det har gått et år siden fredsforhandlingene mellom FARC og myndighetene begynte i Norge, og de har fortsatt i Havana, Cuba. Hva har skjedd i forhandlingene, hva er utfordringene, og hvor står partene i dag?

E-Newsletter

South-South Cooperation and Aid Policy

A Reflection on the UN Day for South-South Cooperation 2013
Each year, September 12th is marked by the United Nation as the “UN Day for South-South Cooperation,” a day identified by the international community to lift up countries in the Global South in their collective and individual pursuit of sustainable and inclusive development. The UN notes that South- South cooperation, if adequately harnessed, can contribute greatly to the development of the Global South. Yet, many of the development and “aid effec- tiveness” strategies imposed on South countries by donor countries still hinder the possibility for truly inclusive development.

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Demba Moussa Dembele reflects on these challenges by exploring what he calls the “flawed notions of international aid” to the South, the strict conditionalities placed on least development countries by Europe and North America, and the necessity for South voices stand united together in their call for genuine ownership of aid policies.

Feedback

Village Under the Forest: Feedback Form

Please take a few moments to send some of your reflections after seeing "The Village Under the Forest," by Mark Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum.

Event

Tickets: The Village Under The Forest

Norway Premiere - Thursday, September 12th, 7 pm
Unfolding as a personal meditation from the Jewish Diaspora, The Village Under The Forest explores the hidden remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya, which lies under a purposefully cultivated forest plantation called South Africa Forest.

Directed by Emmy-winner Mark J Kaplan, The Village Under The Forest is written and narrated by scholar and author Heidi Grunebaum.  Audience Award: Best South African Film at Encounters Documentary Festival 2013

Norway Premiere:  Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 19:00
Litteraturhuset,  "Kjelleren" -
Wergelandsveien 29  0167 Oslo

E-Newsletter

The Making of The Village Under the Forest

Voices from the South Voices for August 2013
In this month’s Voices from the South, writer and narrator of the new documentary film, "The Village Under the Forest," Heidi Grunebaum, reflects on the development of the film, her personal journey of having one foot in South Africa and one foot in Israel, and the moral, ethical, and political implications of staying silent to current injustice.


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