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South African Police Crackdown On Striking Miners

South African Police Crackdown On Striking Miners | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
By: THEMBA HADEBE, The Associated Press MARIKANA, South Africa -- Police firing rubber bullets and tear gas sent men, women and children scattering as they herded them into their shacks in a crackdown on striking miners at a platinum mine.

 

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said Friday the strikes are "extremely damaging" to the economy. "It undermines confidence in the South African economy and, if we undermine confidence, we undermine investment," he said.


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Expert Group Meeting to validate the Land Policy Initiative Communications and Advocacy Strategy

Expert Group Meeting to validate the Land Policy Initiative Communications and Advocacy Strategy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A two-day Experts’ Group Meeting to validate the Communications and Advocacy Strategy for the Land Policy Initiative was held 21-22 Aug in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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An Open Letter: today I celebrated my last meal in prison until I achieve my freedom

An Open Letter: today I celebrated my last meal in prison until I achieve my freedom | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
At 4 p.m. today, I celebrated with my colleagues my last meal in prison. 
I have decided—when I saw my father fighting against death locked in a body that was no longer subject to his will—to start an open hunger strike until I achieve my ...
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Hands Up: #JusticeForMikeBrown: Movement launches new website

Hands Up: #JusticeForMikeBrown: Movement launches new website | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

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EXCLUSIVE: Machar Rebels Plan to Capture Juba

EXCLUSIVE: Machar Rebels Plan to Capture Juba | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Dr Riek Machar’s rebels are planning a major offensive against the South Sudan government army if a peace agreement is not signed by August 28, a senior official tells Chimpreports.

The SPLM/A-In Opposition started drawing a masterplan for a fully-fledged military operation as early June after President Salva Kiir said he was not ready to relinquish his position as the country’s president.

“We cannot remain rebels forever just like LRA. If we can’t sign the peace deal to form a transitional government without Kiir as President, the guns will start roaring on the morning of August 28,” said a source in South Sudan’s rebel movement, preferring anonymity so as to speak freely.


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Fresh fighting erupts near Tripoli's airport road

Fresh fighting erupts near Tripoli's airport road | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Fresh fighting erupts near Tripoli's airport road

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Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Healthcare at Root of Crisis

Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Healthcare at Root of Crisis | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
As the death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak nears 1,400, two American missionaries who received experimental drugs and top-notch healthcare have been released from the hospital. We spend the hour with Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer discussing what can be done to stop the epidemic and the need to build local healthcare capacity, not just an emergency response. "The Ebola outbreak, which is the largest in history that we know about, is merely a reflection of the public health crisis in Africa, and it’s about the lack of staff, stuff and systems that could protect populations, particularly those living in poverty, from outbreaks like this or other public health threats," says Farmer, who has devoted his life to improving the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. He is a professor at Harvard Medical School and currently serves as the special adviser to the United Nations on community-based medicine. He has written several books including, "Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues."
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Move to promote responsible agricultural investments in Africa

Move to promote responsible agricultural investments in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
This pan-African parliamentarian campaign against land grabbing by investors from developed countries is the brainchild of Mr Sisa Njikelana, former member of the South African Parliament
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Zim firm to invest $500m in Luapula province, Zambia

Zim firm to invest $500m in Luapula province, Zambia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Zimbabwean company, Greenfuels, has acquired 30,000 hectares of land for a sugar cane plantation in Kawambwa’s Luena farm block.
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“NO to ProSavana Campaign”: Mozambicans seek regional solidarity

“NO to ProSavana Campaign”: Mozambicans seek regional solidarity | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
UNAC, the Mozambique Union of Farmers, a member of La Via Campesina regionalises its “NO To ProSavana” campaign at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) People’s Summit in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
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'This is the Story of Power in this Country': Ferguson, Institutionalized Racism and the Militarization of Police

'This is the Story of Power in this Country': Ferguson, Institutionalized Racism and the Militarization of Police | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Last week, after days of violent police rampages in Ferguson, Missouri, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Michigan) said the Senate will "review" the Defense Department program that gives military weapons and equipment to civilian police departments for free. It took five apocalyptic nights in Ferguson for Levin to make that statement, but the national dialogue on the militarization of police has begun.
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Linking Violence In Solidarity: Ferguson, Gaza, and the US State

Linking Violence In Solidarity: Ferguson, Gaza, and the US State | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Following the police shooting of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown on 9 August 2014, images of Ferguson, Missouri conjure the atrocities suffered by those living under military occupation in war zones across the world. They depict Special Weapons and ...
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Weapons fired in Ferguson come from companies supplying Israel, Bahrain and Egypt

Weapons fired in Ferguson come from companies supplying Israel, Bahrain and Egypt | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Companies that have become notorious for supplying Israeli, Egyptian and Bahraini security forces with tear-gas have also supplied the police in Ferguson, Missouri with those products. Those companies' weapons are being fired on protesters livid over the police shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teen hit six times by an officer named Darren Wilson. The use of tear-gas, armored vehicles and high-powered rifles on the streets of an American city to quell protests have fed anger over Brown's killing across the nation and has also sparked an unprecedented debate over police militarization in the country.
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My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine - Opinion

My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine - Opinion | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.
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Saudi investments in Sudan poised to exceed SR48.7bn

Saudi investments in Sudan poised to exceed SR48.7bn | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Khartoum Region will capture 30 percent of the $13 billion in Saudi investments, which are primarily focused on agriculture and mining says a senior official at the Sudanese Higher Council of Investment.
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Can South Africas Courts Help the Fight for Social Justice?

Can South Africas Courts Help the Fight for Social Justice? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The view that courts should decide what government policy should be is not only anti-democratic because it wants unelected judges to dictate to elected politicians. It also removes the most important weapon that poor people have - their ability to act to change the world. The first task of a court, which takes social and economic rights seriously, is to empower people to claim rights themselves. The missionary zeal of those who want the court to decide what poor people should get is not only patronising – it is sure to set the fight against poverty back.
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Historic ruling: Judge orders anti-gay Scott Lively to stand trial for crimes against humanity

Historic ruling: Judge orders anti-gay Scott Lively to stand trial for crimes against humanity | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Extremist anti-gay US pastor is accused of engineering the Uganda 'Kill The Gays' bill, saying LGBT people are the 'new Nazis' and recommending Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws
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Libyan armed group posts video of stadium execution

Libyan armed group posts video of stadium execution | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI: An armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty said Friday highlighted the country’s descent into lawlessness.

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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
From the death and destruction in Israel’s latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been plenty of brutal reminders on display of the violence that underpins racial hierarchies in Israel and the United States.
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Ethiopie: la distraction du PM Hailemariam Desalegn pour camoufler les graves problèmes internes du pays

Ethiopie: la distraction du PM Hailemariam Desalegn pour camoufler les graves problèmes internes du pays | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Les récents commentaires de Desalegn concernant l’Érythrée servent à détourner l’attention des graves problèmes internes du régime éthiopien, dont l'accaparement des terres.
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Land Grab and the false promise of food security

Land Grab and the false promise of food security | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
One can only speculate why the secretive government of Ethiopia is giving away the country’s fertile land to foreign agribusinesses.
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Continued judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi

Continued judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders calls upon the authorities of Cameroon to put an end to all acts of harassment against Besingi and all other human rights defenders in Cameroon.
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Africa's Free Trade Hangover

Africa's Free Trade Hangover | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Why African leaders have growing doubts about the virtues of free trade.
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How to write about the deaths of people who don’t matter | Daily Maverick

How to write about the deaths of people who don’t matter | Daily Maverick | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

I was asked this week what it takes to tell the stories of black lesbians killed in the townships in South Africa. The answer, in some ways, lies in Ferguson, Missouri, far away from South Africa, in an American community that has been burning all week.

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Edward Snowden: The Untold Story | Threat Level | WIRED

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story | Threat Level | WIRED | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.”
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U.S. Control of the Internet - Prabir Purkayastha | Monthly Review

U.S. Control of the Internet - Prabir Purkayastha | Monthly Review | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
After the Snowden revelations, Internet governance has emerged from relative obscurity, involving only a small technical community, to occupy the center stage of human rights discourse and international relations.… Everyone agrees that digital technologies, including the Internet, are transformative technologies. They reorder society as a whole, as well as relations between society and individuals. But…[their] potential…has not been fully realized. A case in point: instead of the democratizing potential of the Internet, a few global corporations have created monopolies that are much bigger than those we have seen before, and this has happened in just two decades. What does this mean, for instance, for the plurality of media voices? We know that Internet advertising revenue in the United States, having previously overtaken the print media, has now overtaken even TV network advertising revenues. How did monopolies on such a scale happen, and happen so quickly? Does it have to do with the nature of the Internet? Or its architecture and governance?
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