Building on the so-called “Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles”, social movements and grassroots organizations from across West Africa will gather to discuss land and water issues in the region.
Two United Nations human rights experts today welcomed the holding of a referendum in Greece to decide by democratic process the path to follow to solve the Greek economic crisis without deterioration in the human rights situation.
The UN Independent Experts on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, and on human rights and international solidarity, Virginia Dandan, stressed that there is much more at stake than debt repayment obligations, echoing a warning* issued earlier this month by the UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky.
“All human rights institutions and mechanisms should welcome the Greek referendum as an eloquent expression of the self-determination of the Greek people in conformity with article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in pursuance of article 25 ICCPR on public participation. Indeed, a democratic and equitable international order requires participation by all concerned stakeholders in decision-making and respect for due process, which can best be achieved through international solidarity and a human rights approach to the solution of all problems, including financial crises.
In the afternoon yesterday, about 20 activists were arrested by the National Police in Luanda. Among the confirmed detainees are Luaty Beirão, Manuel Nito Alves, Mbanza Hamza and Nelson Dibango dos Santos. Sources close revealed that Luaty Beirão reached his quiet residence but already handcuffed, the activist had been detained in another location where said just be chatting with friends. Moving the activist's residence fulfilled the aim of seizing computer equipment and lasted about half an hour. Claiming to have a "arrest warrant" without however never present, the agents confiscated photographic material, external drives and memory and computers, worth about $ 20,000.
Diamonds are a perfect means for the Italian mafia’s money laundering. They don’t have a fixed value. And, if they are blood diamonds, banned ones, in the hands of the mafia they travel parallel paths and still end up on some unaware rich ladies’ neck. What has the Cosa Nostra done over the last four years to obtain diamonds from Sub Saharan Africa? An investigation by non-profit investigative journalism centres IRPI, from Italy, and ANCIR, from South Africa with the collaboration of CORRECTIV, from Germany, uncovers it for the first time.
Welcome to what it is believed to be Kenya’s largest tax evasion and money laundering scam, said to be worth about US$1.5 billion. Few are the certainties that surrounds the Charter House Bank scandal. One is that “anyone who probed the operations of CHB has been either moved off the case or has fled the country”, said one of the key-whistleblowers, Titus Mwirigi, to BBC in 2006.
Social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defence of the rights to land and water met at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015 to continue their dialogue with movements and organizations from all over the world in order to broaden this convergence
Finally, as Greece takes it on the chin from the Troika, I reflect on the IMF's reaction to the Global Debt Crisis of the 1980s. My takeaway: ""The Global South, which well knows the vulturine behaviour of the Northern bankers and their policy experts, should stand in solidarity with the Greek people. What they do in their referendum is their business. But what they are going through is not dissimilar to the Great Debt Crisis of the 1980s, which flushed the dreams of the Third World deep into the sewers of history."
Il y a 55 ans jour pour jour, Patrice Émery Lumumba s'exprimait à l'occasion de l'indépendance congolaise. À Léopoldville, le Premier ministre évoquait, devant un roi des Belges médusé, la lutte pour l'émancipation. Retrouvez son discours en intégralité.
One of the shadowy figures who appears to have influenced alleged Charleston killer Dylann Roof is Harold Covington, the founder of a white separatist movement and, within supremacist circles, an influential sci-fi author. Covington, the latest in a long line of rightwing sci-fi writers, has been linked to racist crimes in the past and this week called the massacre “a preview of coming attractions”.
In April and November last year, the Australian navy seized two consignments of heroin off the coast of Kenya, totalling 787 kg and worth about USD278m. Another haul was made in July when Kenyan police found 342 kg of heroin in the tank of a ship docked at the Mombasa port, making it the biggest ever single seizure of drugs in Kenya coastal city. The three seizures roughly equalled the amount captured by 11 east African governments between 1990 and 2009, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.
The hauls proved once again how Kenya and East Africa waters have become a key export route for heroin from Asia to Europe.
Organised crime experts regard Palazzolo as one of the most intelligent and powerful Cosa Nostra’s members of recent times - and as one of the mafia's bankers during the 'Pizza Connection' era, when heroin money was laundered through US pizza joints. But few are aware of the broader picture. And even fewer know the exact features of his own vast empire. Palazzolo is a modern Midas: all that he touches turns to gold. Between 1976 to 2012 he fostered an empire without borders. Starting in Germany, he quickly moved on to Switzerland, and then South Africa, passing unseen through the world's tax havens.
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