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How to Rob Africa

How to Rob Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Why does the Western world feed Africa with one hand while taking from it with the other?

 

The world's wealthy countries often criticise African nations for corruption - especially that perpetrated by those among the continent's government and business leaders who abuse their positions by looting tens of billions of dollars in national assets or the profits from state-owned enterprises that could otherwise be used to relieve the plight of some of the world's poorest peoples.

Yet the West is culpable too in that it often looks the other way when that same dirty money is channelled into bank accounts in Europe and the US.

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Mariam Sow, à la défense de la terre

Mariam Sow, à la défense de la terre | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
« Une politique agricole qui laisse la terre dans les mains des puissants ou des entreprises étrangères ne fera que détruire l’agriculture familiale, l’environnement et l’économie sociale, » assure Mariam Sow.
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Madagascar : Relance de l’acquisition des terrains domaniaux

Madagascar : Relance de l’acquisition des terrains domaniaux | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Après une pause de 6 mois, le gouvernement malgache va recommencer à louer des terrains domaniaux aux investisseurs pour des projets agricoles
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Jimmy Mubenga: Judge refused to allow jury to hear about guards' racist texts

Jimmy Mubenga: Judge refused to allow jury to hear about guards' racist texts | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Abusive and racist texts on phones of G4S security guards cleared of manslaughter of Angolan man not seen as relevant to case
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So the Brits, always eager to demonstrate that they can be like their masters in the USA, are showing how they are not to be outdone on the racism of the judiciary.

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Historic Human Rights City Resolution Passed in Jackson, MS

Historic Human Rights City Resolution Passed in Jackson, MS | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The Jackson City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, December 16th to create a Human Rights Charter and Commission that will support Jackson becoming the first Human Rights City in the historic South. 

The passage of this resolution will help the City of Jackson better confront many of the social ills that confront our society, such as the abuse of state power, police brutality, and inhumane policies that lead to the discrimination, inequality, and gross inequities experienced by Blacks, Latinos, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, workers, Muslims and other religious minorities, the homeless and members of the LGBTQI community amongst others. 

 
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Making Sense of Tripoli II: The Institutional Catch 22

Making Sense of Tripoli II: The Institutional Catch 22 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Root Causes: What They Are Not
Tripoli’s conflict is not well understood. Media, and even many policy accounts, often focus on either a simplistic sectarian explanation or “Syrian spillover.” Yet, these two explanations are as inaccurate as they ...
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Some Torture Facts: Revelations from the Recent SSCI Report on the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program

Some Torture Facts: Revelations from the Recent SSCI Report on the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[Marcy Wheeler, who tweets at @emptywheel, is among the most astute analysts of the US torture policy. As the following set of facts indicates, she is also an archivist and historian. In this collection, which she produced on her website ...
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Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet

Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Saturday’s nationwide actions against police killings and racial profiling included a "Millions March" that drew tens of thousands to the streets of New York City. It was the largest single protest of the post-Ferguson movement and the culmination of daily actions in New York City since a grand jury elected not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner. After gathering in Washington Square Park, a massive crowd spanned dozens of city blocks as it marched uptown before turning around an
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Advocates of CIA Torture Victims Demand: 'Charge Them, Or Let Them Go'

Advocates of CIA Torture Victims Demand: 'Charge Them, Or Let Them Go' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In the wake of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's bombshell report last week, advocates for those who were victims of the CIA's brutal torture program have taken up a renewed call: "Charge them or let them go."
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Torture in a Dick Cheney Minute - The New Yorker

Torture in a Dick Cheney Minute - The New Yorker | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
It’s not enough to call the rule-breaking abhorrent when the rules were abhorrent, too.
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Angela Davis: ‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’

Angela Davis: ‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’ | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The activist, feminist and revolutionary explains how the ‘prison industrial complex’ profits from black people, that Barack Obama can’t be blamed for the lack of progress on race, and why Beyoncé is not a terrorist
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Video shows John Crawford's girlfriend aggressively questioned after Ohio police shot him dead in Walmart

Video shows John Crawford's girlfriend aggressively questioned after Ohio police shot him dead in Walmart | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Video shows Ohio detective accusing her of lying and threatening her with jail, with Tasha Thomas only told of Crawford’s death after 90-minute interrogation
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Effigies of Black People Found Hanging on UC Berkeley Campus

Effigies of Black People Found Hanging on UC Berkeley Campus | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Three cardboard cutouts of Black people were found hanging by nooses on Saturday at the University of California Berkeley campus.
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Farmers and eaters lose, corporate money wins in budget deal | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Farmers and eaters lose, corporate money wins in budget deal | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The amazingly terrible new spending agreement reached by the House and Senate this week illustrates the heavy price we all pay for a government increasingly influenced by big corporate and financial industry donors.

This backroom deal has been marketed by some in Congress as a “monumental achievement” demonstrating how Washington can get things done. Instead, it’s really a stocking full of early Christmas gifts for corporate interests at the expense of the rest of us.

- See more at: http://www.iatp.org/blog/201412/farmers-and-eaters-lose-corporate-money-wins-in-budget-deal#sthash.QhLbpDj6.4dGYCFZh.dpuf

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Problèmes fonciers: les Maliens veulent une accélération des réformes

Problèmes fonciers: les Maliens veulent une accélération des réformes | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Au Mali, une manifestation contre l’accaparement des terres était organisée hier, jeudi, à Bamako.
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Ethiopia: Large scale killing and deportation of Somali-Issa people in the Awash River

Ethiopia: Large scale killing and deportation of Somali-Issa people in the Awash River | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
More than 300,000 people were asked to clear an area the size of Belgium to pave the way for a program with the prime purpose of leasing or selling lands to foreign investors.
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'Release Full Torture Report,' Says Author of Pentagon Papers

'Release Full Torture Report,' Says Author of Pentagon Papers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Last week the Senate released the damning report on CIA torture – but only 480 heavily redacted pages of the 6,000 page report were actually made public.
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Censorship and Detention in Egypt, A Personal Account

Censorship and Detention in Egypt, A Personal Account | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Alaa Abd El Fattah is a writer, programmer, community organizer and activist who constantly generates new meanings to the notion of activism. He has been in political detention during the Hosni Mubarak era, the Supreme Council of the Armed ...
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Even Morocco’s Friends Know Its Judicial System Is Corrupt and Lacking in Due Process

Even Morocco’s Friends Know Its Judicial System Is Corrupt and Lacking in Due Process | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
On 13 August 2014, a US federal court declined to enforce a 123 million dollar judgment issued by a Moroccan court in 2009 against Texas native John Paul DeJoria. In Dejoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration S.A. (W.D. Tex. 13 August ...
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Why Are Our Sons Gunned Down? Parents of Black Victims of Police Killings Lead D.C. March

Why Are Our Sons Gunned Down? Parents of Black Victims of Police Killings Lead D.C. March | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands marched across the country on Saturday in the largest day of protest since the killing of Michael Brown set off a national movement four months ago. From Oakland to New York City, protesters called for indictments in the case of police officers who have killed unarmed African Americans and broader reforms to policing and criminal justice. In Washington, D.C., the families of slain African Americans led a rally and march on the White House. More than 10,000 people took part. We
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Congress quietly expands NSA powers for spying on Americans

Congress quietly expands NSA powers for spying on Americans | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The campaign to rein in the surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA) has become even more difficult. Instead, Congress has used a set of provisions to expand the agency’s data-gathering power.
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Femicide and Impunity: A humanitarian crisis in Central America, and a growing problem worldwide

Femicide and Impunity: A humanitarian crisis in Central America, and a growing problem worldwide | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
El Salvador has had the highest rate of femicide in the world, with 2, 250 femicides between 2010 and 2013. Guatemala has the third and Honduras the seventh highest rate of femicides.   In Guatemala, only 2% of murdered women's cases were investigated in 2013 and likewise in Honduras less than 2% were investigated.  For cases that somehow make it to court in Guatemala, 90% of defendants are not convicted. It is much the same in El Salvador.  In 2014 alone, between January and October, over 300  bodies of young women between the ages of 12 and 18 years old have been found in unmarked common  graves.
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Breathe

Breathe | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Rebellion needs to become resistance. Contestation needs to feed construction. Upsurge needs to birth persistence.
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Kerala: The Kiss Revolution Is On the Streets!

Kerala: The Kiss Revolution Is On the Streets! | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
No guns, no bombs, no swords, no knives no sticks and no violence – only kisses! The Kiss Revolution is on the streets in Kerala without expressing any violence. On the one side, the communal fascists have lined up to assault the protesters physically and on the other side, the police machinery has chosen not to take any action on those who express violence, but to beat up and arrest the peaceful protesters. The fearless teenagers face both these aggressive bodies and yet they do their job. They just kiss! In the political circles, many are confused. Why kisses? Some are amused and others are threatened. Whether people like it or not, one thing is clear: The kisses are spreading in Kerala and outside like a virus.
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Haitian PM Laurent Lamothe Resigns Amid Protests

Haitian PM Laurent Lamothe Resigns Amid Protests | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
On Friday, Haitian President Michel Martelly had announced that Lamothe would leave his post in order to help resolve the country's political troubles.
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Enough is enough! DECLARATION OF THE PREPARATORY ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED FRONT - South Africa

Enough is enough! DECLARATION OF THE PREPARATORY ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED FRONT - South Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
DECLARATION OF THE PREPARATORY ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED FRONT

 

14 December 2014

Globally we are experiencing the gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s. Wars and counter-revolutions stretch from the Middle East to the far East to Africa and the Americas. Imperialism knows no constraint. The devastating ecological and climate crises are caused by a predatory capitalist system that is endangering the very existence of humanity.

Post apartheid capitalism is leaving a trail of inequality, hunger, poverty and misery. The wealthy elite and the bosses - white and black - refuse to concede a single inch to the urgent needs of the majority. They view even the most basic reforms as a potential threat to their profit margins.

The ANC government now consistently echoes these views. Every progressive programme, strategy and intention is either abandoned or rejected by the government in the face of the brutal logic of managing a capitalist state. The ANC government has refused to confront capital and white privilege and instead become an enabler of white monopoly capital and their junior BEE partners. This is the source of the political crises facing our country.

From the 13 - 14 December 2014 in Johannesburg 350 delegates from around the country representing a diverse range of trade unions, social movements, popular organisations, faith-based organisations, NGOs and anti-capitalist formations assembled to lay the foundation of a united movement of the poor majority to challenge the system that has made South Africa the most unequal country on earth. 

The cry of the Preparatory Assembly of the United Front is KWANELE, KWANELE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, GENOEG IS GENOEG.

Our call from this historic assembly that has broken new grounds is for our people to unite in the year of the United Front. Our task is to build solidarity in struggle in Southern African and internationally. We are internationalists.

We are setting out on a journey to rise to the grave challenges of our times and unite the struggles of our people: workers, unemployed, women and youth to amplify them so as to shake and revolutionise this country.

We are confident that our actions will reverberate throughout Southern Africa and will inevitably echo across the continent.

While basing ourselves on the heroic movements of the past, on the struggles to make programmes like the Freedom Charter and others a material force, the United Front is going to the people; it is unfolding a process of popular assemblies to collect the demands of our people, to listen and to build a front that is of the people, for the people and by the people. The United Front will unite the working classes, rural and urban in struggle and in which women and youth will be in the forefront.

With a great sense of urgency we have come together as the United Front and are uniting our separate and often fragmented efforts, to build solidarity, restore confidence and hope amongst the masses of this country. The building of working class and popular power lies at the heart of our initiative. 

The United Front is a front of mass action and struggle. Across the country people in communities, workplaces, townships and villages are mobilising against poverty, inequality and corruption. Our role is to unite and co-ordinate these struggles.

As activists of the United Front, we view our first and main task to build movements that mobilise to fight corruption, looting of public resources, failing service delivery, increasingly unaccountable governance, violence against women, children and LGBTQI people, police brutality, and anti-poor/pro-rich economic policies ("neo-liberalism"); We will resist retrenchments, cut-offs, evictions, collapse of our education and health systems and the retribalisation of the countryside

Our goal is to strive for the deepening of democracy and the building of people's power in social, economic and political spheres where collective needs and interests of the people as a whole come before profits and other elite interests;

We call on the workers, the unemployed, women and youth, shack-dwellers, back yarders, farm workers, landless and the dispossessed, to organise, mobilise and build the united front in every corner of the country.

The core social base, engine and locomotive of the UF should be exploited, oppressed and marginalized people - primarily employed workers, informal/atypical workers and the unemployed in both urban and rural areas, as well as women and youth.

Mass organisations of the oppressed and exploited should be the main organisational expression of affiliation to the UF. These include trade unions, social movements, civics, women's organisations, student and youth organisations, and other membership-based organisations of the mass of the people.

All those who agree and accept the vision, aims, mission, principles, programme. duties and obligations of the UF will be allowed to join our Front.

As a campaigning and fighting movement, the united front will be unfolding campaigns around the following themes: work, land & food, environment, decent public services (especially housing, education, health, water & sanitation) and violence against women, children the LGBTI community.

To this end the United Front will establish several working groups to unite organisations and struggles in these areas, elaborating campaign and mobilisng strategies. Between now and the official launch of the United Front we are going to unite in struggle against the national austerity budget, particularly on the issues affecting poor communities on February 25. We will organize a day of mass action on March 21 in defence of human rights, freedom of expression and the right to organize and against police brutality.

We give notice to Judge Farlam that the United Front will be watching for the outcomes of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. We demand nothing less than justice for Marikana!

The Preparatory Assembly has put in place a National Working Committee to oversee the implementation of its decisions and specifically to prepare for the official launch of the United Front on the 25-27 April 2015. They include:

1. Andrew Chirwa

2. Bandile Mdlalose

3. Brian Ashley

4. Cynthia Machaba

5. Dinga Sikwebu

6. John Appolis

7. Kwezilomsa Mbandazayo

8. Mazibuko Jara

9. Reverend James Fatuse

10. Ronnie Kasrils

11. Vuyiseka Dubula

12. Zackie Achmat

13. Zanoxolo Wayile

Provincial representatives

Eastern Cape: Lungile Mxube

Free State: Thokozile Sefumba

Gauteng: Siyabonga Mbuqe

KwaZulu-Natal: Gcina Makoba

Limpopo: Michael Rasikhinya

Mpumalanga: Elvis Komane

Northern Cape: Patrick Dondolo

North West: Shaheen Khan

Western Cape: Abraham Agulhas


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