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Collectively African countries still don't tell their own stories. This means that the perception of Africa is still shaped by Western corporate media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, the BBC, etc. These media outlets help Western countries shape the propaganda that provides cover for corporate/imperial penetration into Africa. In recent years the biggest victim of corporate/imperial rape of Africa has been the Democratic Republic of Congo. The "Big Three" corporate media outlets --the Times, CNN and BBC-- have intentionally masked wars of aggression against Congo from Rwanda and Uganda as "tribal"-based civil wars, giving the impression there's no way to stop this sort of conflict. In the meantime, since 1998, several foreign companies identified in United Nations reports have benefitted BECAUSE of these lucrative (but very blood wars). The Big Three media (and they set the trend for other outlets) have therefore aided and abetted the economic rape of Congo by deliberately distorting the true causes of the wars of aggression. Other case studies will be Libya and The Ivory Coast.

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Socialists will analize Mandela's role in transforming South Africa. Special attention will be paid to wealth inequality and present labor struggles. The recent mineworker union's vow to break with the ANC and create a labor party will also be discussed.

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Putting an end to on the ongoing conflicts and their impacts on Africa's democracy, development and social well being. How do we put an end to this?
Who benefits from the conflicts? And to what end?
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Education and Self-sufficiency
Impact on Africa’s (Diaspora included) youth and their future

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Speakers will address the growing inequality in South Africa today. Two of the speakers, with extensive first hand knowledge of South African realities, will speak to the implementation of a World Bank, neo-liberal economic agenda pursued by the ruling African National Congress (ANC. The ANC was the party of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. In starkest terms, ANC policies have re-inforced, not eliminated, racial divisions based on race and class. The execution-style deaths of the 34 Marikana Mine strikers at the hands of ANC police in 2012 bear witness to that reality. The decision by the 300,000 strong NUMSA metalworkers union to leave the pro-ANC COSATU trade union coalition and begin a labor based socialist party may transform South African politics. Our panelists will offer solutions, including anti-capitalist and socialist alternatives. This will be a unique discussion that you wouldn't want to miss.

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Slave Routes, A Global Vision is an educational and informative documentary film produced by UNESCO. It presents the diverse histories and heritages stemming from the global tragedy of the slave trade and slavery. Slave Routes provides an overview of the massive deportation of African populations to different parts of the world including the Americas, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and Asia.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society. For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.