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SA platinum miners eye Zimbabwe for growth

SA platinum miners eye Zimbabwe for growth | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Anglo Platinum planning a new mine, as Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti hails ‘anchor’ sector...
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Haiti Warns Mass Deportation Will Provoke Humanitarian Crisis

Haiti Warns Mass Deportation Will Provoke Humanitarian Crisis | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
"This situation represents a risk of humanitarian catastrophe, a destabilizing factor for the country," said Haitian foreign minister.
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Land grabs in Liberia: The people rise up

Land grabs in Liberia: The people rise up | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Liberian government’s refusal to recognize and respect rural people’s customary land rights is marginalizing and destabilizing local communities, leading to full-scale conflict.
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Right to water and land, a common struggle in West Africa

Right to water and land, a common struggle in West Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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.
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Saudi investor's Ethiopian farms to raise coffee, tea output

Saudi investor's Ethiopian farms to raise coffee, tea output | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi plans to invest an additional $5 billion in Ethiopia's agriculture and agro-processing sectors over the 2016-2021 period.
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UN human rights experts welcome Greek referendum and call for international solidarity

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.

It is disappointing that the IMF and the EU have failed to reach a solution that does not require additional retrogressive austerity measures. Some leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with the idea of holding a referendum in Greece. Why?  Referenda are in the best traditions of democratic governance. - See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16170&LangID=E#sthash.XlNznExX.dpuf


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The Humanitarian Economy

The Humanitarian Economy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Emergency aid funding has risen tenfold in the last 14 years. A few major donors and a handful of giant aid agencies dominate this "economy" - one which outstrips any country for its inequality.
 
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Facebook opens office in Africa - well, in Johannesburg actually!

Facebook opens office in Africa - well, in Johannesburg actually! | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Facebook opens shop in Johannesburg. Social Media giant, Facebook, has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help
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Greece threatens top court action to block Grexit

Greece threatens top court action to block Grexit | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Exclusive: European leaders warn in concert that a 'No' vote on Sunday means Greece will be pushed out of the euro

Via Jamie Jordan
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About 20 activists arrested in Luanda, #Angola

About 20 activists arrested in Luanda, #Angola | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

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.

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What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction To His Life And Thought: interview with Lewis Gordon

What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction To His Life And Thought: interview with Lewis Gordon | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
June 19, 2015 - Segment 5 - We close the show with a conversation with internationally renowned interpreter of Franz Fanon's works, Lewis R. Gordon about his latest book What Fanon Said: A Philosop...
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The Mafia in Africa: Cosa Nostra Diamonds

The Mafia in Africa: Cosa Nostra Diamonds | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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.
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Mafia in Africa: Kenya's Safe Haven

Mafia in Africa: Kenya's Safe Haven | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“Do you honestly know anyone who has never evaded taxes?” asks Mario Mele, Italian businessman and fugitive, from a table at the busy Pata Pata Cafe in Malindi, Kenya.
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Charter House Bank: A Money Laundering Machine

Charter House Bank: A Money Laundering Machine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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.
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Senhuile SA partage la douleur de la famille de Salif DIALLO

Senhuile SA partage la douleur de la famille de Salif DIALLO | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
"Le jeune homme est mort noyé dans un point d’eau spécialement aménagé à la demande des villageois," se défend la direction italienne du projet
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Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles

Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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
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Business group from Mozambique plans to grow soybeans

Business group from Mozambique plans to grow soybeans | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Mozambique Agriculture Company (Mozaco) of the João Ferreira dos Santos group has requested 2,000 acres in the Malema district of Nampula for soybean cultivation.
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Muhuri, Haki accounts to remain frozen

Muhuri, Haki accounts to remain frozen | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Two human rights groups have suffered setbacks after the High Court declined to issue an order stopping the freezing of their bank accounts.
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What if Greece were in the 'Third World'?

What if Greece were in the 'Third World'? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

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."

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RDC : 55 ans après, le discours de Patrice Émery Lumumba pour l'indépendance - JeuneAfrique.com

RDC : 55 ans après, le discours de Patrice Émery Lumumba pour l'indépendance - JeuneAfrique.com | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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.
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The IMF defaulted on Greece a long time ago | ROAR Magazine

The IMF defaulted on Greece a long time ago | ROAR Magazine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Even its own officials recognize that the IMF played a leading role in Greece’s economic collapse. It is time for the Fund to own up and pay its dues.

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No more ‘Yes to all’: time for a proud and dignified ‘NO!’

No more ‘Yes to all’: time for a proud and dignified ‘NO!’ | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Finally, the Greek people will be able to say a dignified ‘NO!’ to austerity. We owe it to those who suffered, those who migrated — and those who died.
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White supremacist calls Charleston 'a preview of coming attractions'

White supremacist calls Charleston 'a preview of coming attractions' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

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”.

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Greek referendum: euro crisis explodes into dramatic climax

Greek referendum: euro crisis explodes into dramatic climax | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Those who accuse the Greeks of “recklessness” are mistaken: the creditors’ utter contempt for democracy left them with no other choice but a rupture.
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Kenya's Drug Barons

Kenya's Drug Barons | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

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.

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Africa: is Cosa Nostra

Africa: is Cosa Nostra | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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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