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Anti-Terror Operations Stoke Religious Tension in Kenya

In Kenya's 2nd largest city, Mombasa, a string of alleged extrajudicial killings and disappearances of suspected terrorists has raised tensions between the p...
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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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NGOs and Social Justice in Africa: The Missionary Position: NGOs and development in Africa

NGOs and Social Justice in Africa: The Missionary Position: NGOs and development in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Have my views changed? In many ways that I think the situation today is worse than when that article was published. The extent of land-grabbing, natural resource extraction, privatisation, freedom for transnational corporations to loot and avoid taxation, and the extent of collusion with this theft by the local elites is unprecedented. Our governments are ever more accountable to the coporations and banks. Everything is commodified and speculated upon. Millions are unable to buy basic foods not because of any shortage of food, but because food is speculated upon as commodities on the stock-exchanges. Our genetic resources are being looted and farmers are being imprisoned by the agro-industrial complex. Our countries are being turned increasingly into occupied territories by US Africom. And on these issues, most development NGOs are silent, or at best issue nice policy papers but deny that these are political, not policy, issues, and therefore a matter of power.

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Notes on Rabaa: revolt does not happen in a vacuum

Notes on Rabaa: revolt does not happen in a vacuum | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
One year after the Rabaa massacre, Egypt’s prisons are full of dissidents of all political stripes. If we don’t stop this, we face a future of horrors.
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Eric Toussaint: "The terrible rise in inequality across both the global North and the global South is intolerable. The trivialization of this increasing imbalance is unacceptable ''

Eric Toussaint: "The terrible rise in inequality across both the global North and the global South is intolerable. The trivialization of this increasing imbalance is unacceptable '' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The long interview given by Eric Toussaint to Anthony Legrand on the 11th July 2014 is presented in two parts. The interview addresses how an (...)
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ZNet Commentary: Bill Fletcher, Jr.: Suspected for Being Black

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Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza

Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Every morning we wake up to an updated butcher’s bill: one hundred, two hundred, four hundred, six hundred Palestinians killed by Israel’s war apparatus. These numbers gloss over many details: the majority of Gazans, one of the most populated ...
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UAE-Linked NGO Whitewashes Migrant Abuse

UAE-Linked NGO Whitewashes Migrant Abuse | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
 [This Migrant Rights report sheds light on the response of Gulf regimes in general and the Geneva-based NGO International Gulf Organization (IGO) in particular to international criticism of migrant labor rights in the region.] 
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African Grantmakers Network (AGN) - Assembly 2014 Accra, Ghana

African Grantmakers Network (AGN) - Assembly 2014 Accra, Ghana | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
African Grantmakers Network (AGN) - Voice and Action for African Philanthropy
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South Africa: 'Return to the Freedom Charter' -- NUMSA leader Irvin Jim's Ruth First Memorial Lecture

South Africa: 'Return to the Freedom Charter' -- NUMSA leader Irvin Jim's Ruth First Memorial Lecture | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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Did Spain just declare war on the commons?

Two weeks ago the lower chamber of the Spanish parliament approved a number of changes to Spain’s Intellectual Property Law that directly threaten the ability of Spanish internet users to contribute to the commons. The law introduces a number of modifications to copyright law that expand the scope of exclusive rights over areas that were previously outside of the exclusive rights of copyright holders at the expense of users rights and the public domain

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Ebola’s exaggerated fear being fed by stigma and stereotypes

Ebola’s exaggerated fear being fed by stigma and stereotypes | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
There has been a lack of cultural sensitivity and incorporation of local knowledge, leadership and expertise in current control efforts
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Development or amputation? The role of extractive industries

Development or amputation? The role of extractive industries | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

We hear so much nowadays about the contribution made, or that could be made, to development by transnational extractive corporations operating in Africa. There is no doubt that resource extraction is a critical sector within African national economies. But what is its real contribution to development? In my view, we should consider extraction of non-renewable resources as being equivalent to amputation.

 
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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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The Pan-African Baraza: Inventing the Future

The Pan-African Baraza: Inventing the Future | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

 Pan-African Baraza — baraza means a community meeting or forum or place for organizing. The idea is not to set up yet another Pan-African institution, but rather to establish a formation that is a convenor, forum and organiser, a safe place where activists, intellectuals and social movements can interact and debate and organise around key strategic issues facing the continent. Far from being in competition to other Pan-Africanist institutions, it is in many senses a complement to those institutions. The Pan-African Baraza will be an independent institution, with sponsorship and active participation from ThoughtWorks.

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Marikana, Gaza, Ferguson: You should think of them always as armed

Marikana, Gaza, Ferguson: You should think of them always as armed | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Aime Cesaire argued in 1955 that colonialism has a boomerang effect - what is done over there will eventually be done at home. When the overwhelmingly white police department in Ferguson, Missouri, some of whom are Israeli trained, responded to protest at their murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, they brought in equipment first used in the Iraq war. It was the boomerang effect. The images that rushed around the world showed what can only be understood as a colonial mode of policing.
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The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza--and the costs to Israel's standing

The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza--and the costs to Israel's standing | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The statistics coming out of Gaza as Israel’s most recent bombardment of that hapless territory gradually winds down capture the nature of a catastrophe methodically inflicted by one people on another. Yet for all of the sheer violence that Israel unleashed in Gaza, the indiscriminate scale of the bombing has actually seemed to accelerate BDS efforts around the world. Israel may have "won" this round of conflict, but in terms of the larger political struggle, it has almost certainly lurched from one loss to another as the world reacts in disgust.
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Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote invests $1 Billion in rice production in Nigeria

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote invests $1 Billion in rice production in Nigeria | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Dangote Group has acquired 150,000 hectares of farmland in five Nigerian states -Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara and Niger- which will be used for the commercial production of rice paddy.
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Land Grabbing: the Ethiopian Obscenity | JUKWAA: Kenyan Discussion Platform

Land Grabbing: the Ethiopian Obscenity | JUKWAA: Kenyan Discussion Platform | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Let me pause a little from my Kenyan essay on agrarian reform. I want to "curate" an online video show documenting land grabbing on a much larger scale than in Kenya. The main culprits are the
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Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[The following letter calling on scholars and librarians within Middle East studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions was submitted in the name of the below signatories to Jadaliyya on 6 August 2014.]
We, the undersigned scholars and ...
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Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza

Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Fidel Castro Ruz I again request that Granma not use the front page for these relatively brief lines about the genocide of Palestinians being committed. I am writing them rapidly, to state only tha...
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Rights group criticises Uganda mining firms

Rights group criticises Uganda mining firms | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Human Rights Watch accuses three companies of exploring and mining minerals without consent of land owners in Karamoja.
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This Map Of US And Russian Arms Sales Says It All

This Map Of US And Russian Arms Sales Says It All | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
While the U.S. supplies to far more nations, Russia actually sells more weaponry by dollar amount.
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More misery in Marikana

Women's unpaid labour, corporate profiteering and state neglect

The massacre of 34 striking mining workers by police at the Lonmin platinum mine in South Africa brought to world attention the terrible conditions of their life and work. The burden of the inhuman living conditions falls principally on women who have to put in additional, unpaid toil beyond their productive labour (which may be paid or informal) to make up for the major deficiencies.


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