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Justice before peace

I appreciate very much the effort you and your magazine are making in trying to bring awareness and justice to the African people, both at home and in the diaspora. It is your magazine that made me start looking at the word PEACE, in a very critical way.

PEACE. I take that as an acronym for, Practice Evil And Create Enmity. The Nobel Peace Prize? I call for the Nobel Justice Prize, and it should be awarded posthumously, to the late singer Bob Marley, for all the effort he made through his music, in trying to bring justice to black people all over the world.

Nobel prize laureates such as Dr Martin Luther King and our dear Nelson Mandela, were simply fighting for equal rights and justice and not peace. With the amount of genocide, plunder and slaughter that is going on around the world today, I wonder how those Nobel prize medals would feel in the hands of those who have won it over the years.

As long as there is no justice, there shall be no peace. As long as there are people who have the audacity to go and settle on other peoples land, and then seize all the arable land whilst leaving only barren land to the indigenous owners of those lands, and also refuse to share the profits from those lands with the indigenes as they have done in Zimbabwe, there shall be no peace.

As long as certain countries take it upon themselves to send armies and mercenaries to other countries, for the purpose of changing the elected governments of these weak countries, so that they can install puppet regimes through which they can plunder those countries natural resources as they did (and are still doing) in Congo, there shall be no peace.

As long as financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank, which were set up to help weaker economies, but instead, are indulging in the sabotage of the economies of certain countries, there shall be no peace.

"And until the philosophy that holds one race superior..." Thank you Bob.

It's justice before peace, and not vice versa.

Harouna R Noah

Stockholm, Sweden

African Union appointments

I wonder how many Africans, particularly those in the diaspora, are aware that applications for key and critical positions in the Commission of the African Union closed on 4 December 2002?

Could the interim-president of the Commission and the South African foreign minister gratefully let Africans know how, where and when vacancy announcements for the eight commissioners, deputy-chairperson and chairperson were placed? How far was the principle of equal opportunity applied to enable the greatest number of potentially qualified and interested Africans to apply without prejudice?

I was browsing the net when I got on to the official website of the South African chairperson of the AU (www.au2002.gov.za) and discovered an announcement on the vacancies. I immediately visited www.africaunion.org to find out more information but found nothing on the vacancies. Returning to the South African site and after carefully re-reading the announcement, my attention was drawn to the fact that the application process was being administered through the chief director, Africa Multilateral, Department of Foreign Affairs (afm@foreign.gov.za).

As the inauguration of the AU in Durban, July 2002, presented a new opportunity for Africa, it was...

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