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David VanWyk speaks to @firozem on platinum mining in S Africa (2)

David VanWyk speaks to @firozem on platinum mining in S Africa (2) | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Firoze: “A lot of money is given to quite large international NGOs to work with mining companies to deliver corporate social responsibility. What’s your view about that?” David: “We know that the IUCN subscribes to this policy and many other large global NGOs also do but we are more in favor of a bottom up approach because the mining companies sign all kind of agreements with the big NGOs and it becomes a form of greenwash.” "While mining companies mine minerals, NGOs mine the communities."

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A French Atlas of the Gulf States

A French Atlas of the Gulf States | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Philippe Cadène and Brigitte Dumortier, Atlas of the Gulf States. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
Mapping as a French Academic Tradition and its Critics
It seems that English-speaking geographers and urbanists publish many fewer atlases, and draw fewer maps, ...
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Video: Police lied. Mike Brown was killed 148 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV

Video: Police lied. Mike Brown was killed 148 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
For 104 days, the police have lied and said Mike Brown was killed 35 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV. It was actually 148 feet.

This distance is essential to the defense and how Darren Wilson ...
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Ugandan Gov’t finalises plan to sell L.Victoria

Ugandan Gov’t finalises plan to sell L.Victoria | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Government has finalized plans to have a private developer take over Lake Victoria
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ZCommunications » The spirit of Saro-Wiwa rises

A new wave of anger, manifesting in large protests, is sweeping through Nigeria’s Ogoni enclave. Early in the morning of 10 December 2013, over 5,000 children, women, young people and men from Ogoni villages blockaded the Akpajo Junction. Akpajo connects Ogoni territory to the oil hub of Port Harcourt. The town’s petrochemical infrastructure, two oil refineries and seaport were all forced to shut down for the day, as locals used tankers and their bodies to bring the busy junction to a standstill.

The blockade was mobilized by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). ‘The Ogoni people are on the streets over the refusal of the government to implement the UNEP report two years after it was released,’ explained Legborsi Pyagbara, MOSOP’s president. ‘We’ve given the government several opportunities to do the right thing, including publishing an open letter in the national dailies. We also gave the government a 90-day ultimatum which expired on 9 November and no steps were taken.’1
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Charles Mills: From white marxism to black radical tradition

Charles Mills: From white marxism to black radical tradition | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

G.Y.: How does your work speak to the situation going on in Ferguson, Mo., and in other places in the United States where racial injustice and conflict is flaring?

C.M.: I would say that unfortunately it brings home the extent to which — in the second decade of the 21st century, nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War and with a black president in office — black citizens are still differentially vulnerable to police violence, thereby illustrating their (our) second-class citizenship. The “racial contract” as a theory of the actual non-ideal workings of society and the polity is obviously going to be a far more illuminating framework for understanding and redressing these problems than an idealized social contract that takes socially recognized moral equality and corresponding equitable treatment, independent of race, to be the norm.

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Anonymous To Ferguson Police And KKK: ‘We Are The Law Now'

Anonymous To Ferguson Police And KKK: ‘We Are The Law Now' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A video surfaced Thursday reportedly released by the hacker group Anonymous warning Ferguson, Missouri police officers and the Ku Klux Klan to remain peaceful and refrain from using violence against local protesters.

Anonymous, an unidentified gr...
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Mexicans in biggest protest yet over missing students

Mexicans in biggest protest yet over missing students | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Rocks, fireworks and gasoline bombs thrown at officers as demonstrators press government to find 43 students
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Mali : Directives volontaires pour une gouvernance responsable des régimes fonciers

Mali : Directives volontaires pour une gouvernance responsable des régimes fonciers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
La CNOP estime que leur application sera cruciale pour la sécurisation des droits fonciers, surtout au Mali où l’accaparement des terres est en passe de devenir le sport favoris de certains spéculateurs.
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Africa takes first important step in tackling large scale land-based investments

Africa takes first important step in tackling large scale land-based investments | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Continental efforts to adopt land policies for inclusive and sustainable development took a step forward with the official launch of the AU's Guiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments in Africa
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That which can never be forgotten: Fidel Castro

That which can never be forgotten: Fidel Castro | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
On Sunday October 12, the Sunday internet edition of The New York Times – a newspaper which under certain circumstances follows the political line most convenient to its country’s interests – published an article entitled “Obama should end the embargo on Cuba;” with opinions as to how, in its view, the country should proceed.

There are times when such articles are written by some prestigious journalist, such as someone I had the privilege of meeting personally during the first days of our struggle in the Sierra Maestra with the remainder of a unit which had been almost totally eliminated by Batista’s air force and army. We were at that time quite inexperienced; we didn’t even realize that giving the impression of strength to the press would be something that could merit critique.
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Gulf Women's Writing: On Slavery, Migrant Labor, and Statelessness

Gulf Women's Writing: On Slavery, Migrant Labor, and Statelessness | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
On 10 November, Mona Kareem will give a talk at Binghamton University (1:00pm in room LT 1506) on how Gulf women writers adopt—or challenge—nationalist narratives. How, Kareem asks, do women writers deal with racialized minorities, migrants, and ...
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Ferguson Speaks: A Communique From Ferguson

#FergusonSpeaks As law enforcement officials and national media gear up for a St Louis County Grand Jury’s announcement as to whether it will levy charges against…
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Missouri governor declares state of emergency as national guard called in to Ferguson

Missouri governor declares state of emergency as national guard called in to Ferguson | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Jay Nixon signs executive order activating national guard to help police ‘maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech’
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From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists

From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Angela Davis: Those who resist are treated like terrorists – as in Ferguson this year, and as I and other black activists were in the 60s and 70s
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BREAKING: Ferguson Grand Jury Will Not Indict Darren Wilson

BREAKING: Ferguson Grand Jury Will Not Indict Darren Wilson | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Developing... The Ferguson grand jury will not indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said on Monday that the grand jury deliberated for two days before deciding not to indict Wilson. On Twitter:
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12yo boy carrying toy gun shot dead by Cleveland police

12yo boy carrying toy gun shot dead by Cleveland police | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A 12-year-old boy, who was shot in the stomach by the police while playing with a toy gun “resembling” a real pistol, has died in a Cleveland hospital.

Via Enrique Ferro
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Police refuse to rule out use of rubber bullets and teargas in expected Ferguson protests

Police refuse to rule out use of rubber bullets and teargas in expected Ferguson protests | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Authorities agree only to basic demands in protesters’ ‘rules of engagement’ as Eric Holder asks law enforcement to ‘avoid needless confrontation’
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Save the Children: Rescind or apologise for giving an award to Tony Blair.

Save the Children: Rescind or apologise for giving an award to Tony Blair. | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Tony Blair was jointly responsible for starting an illegal war.  Had he been a "Third World Despot" he would almost certainly have been charged with war crimes.  
The invasion of Iraq in 2003 unleashed a decade of devastating destruction on families in the region.  It also added fire to destruction beyond the region.  Save The Children giving Blair an award is a grotesque insult to those children killed, maimed and orphaned by the devastation his action precipitated.  Action which continues t
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Justice for Hassan Diab: wrongfully extradited to France by Canada

Justice for Hassan Diab: wrongfully extradited to France by Canada | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Whisked away from Ottawa before dawn with no chance to say farewell to his pregnant wife and 2-year old daughter, Dr. Hassan Diab remains in detention in the Paris vicinity. A French investigating magistrate placed Dr. Diab under judicial investigation (mis en examen) upon Hassan’s arrival in France. Dr. Diab can expect to be held in detention for nearly 2 years while waiting for the magistrate to conclude his investigation and decide whether or not to put him on trial.

Upon learning of the Canadian Supreme Court’s decision not to hear Hassan’s final appeal, Diab’s lawyer Donald Bayne, said “We now have the classic recipe for the wrongful conviction of a Canadian citizen.”

 

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Les belles histoires de l’agriculture familiale

Les belles histoires de l’agriculture familiale | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Au cours des 50 dernières années, quatre cultures industrielles, le soja, le palmier à huile, le colza et la canne à sucre, se sont emparés de 140 millions d’hectares, un chiffre absolument stupéfiant. Et cette tendance s’accélère.
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Sylvain Faivre's curator insight, November 21, 4:07 PM

Un article qui détruit toutes les prétentions de l'agriculture industrielle à nourrir le monde : ce sont les petites fermes  qui nourrissent la planète et sont les les plus efficaces...

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Tanzania: Invest in agriculture, US business mission urged

Tanzania: Invest in agriculture, US business mission urged | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Tanzania's Minister of State, Dr Mary Nagu, has urged US companies to invest in agriculture since Tanzania is blessed with over 43 million hectares of arable land.
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Changing the face of real estate in Angola

Changing the face of real estate in Angola | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
China's CITIC Construction says it has developed two 10,000 hectare farms in Angola and will invest $5 billion in a 500,000 hectare farm next year.
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Solidarity call out for Abahlali baseMjondolo

Solidarity call out for Abahlali baseMjondolo | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) is a grassroots, democratic and member-led organisation based in Durban, a city in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. AbM have an impressive record of exposing corruption and asserting the constitutional rights of thousands of the marginalised shack-dwelling people. We, the undersigned, are in support of the resolve of AbM members to strive for more participatory forms of development and to advance the struggle for access to urban land.

We condemn all assassinations, political murders and other acts of violence and intimidation against AbM members and housing rights activists. In the past 18 months, four housing rights activists have been killed. This includes two prominent AbM members:

1. Thembinkosi Qumbelo (assassination, Cato Crest) – 15 March 2013
2. Nkululeko Gwala, aged 34 (assassination, Cato Crest) – 26 June 2013
3. Nqobile Nzuzua, aged 17 (police murder, Cato Crest) – 30 September 2013
4. Thuli Ndlovu, aged 36 (assassination, KwaNdengezi) – 29 September 2014
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GRAIN — Trade deals criminalise farmers' seeds

GRAIN — Trade deals criminalise farmers' seeds | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

What could be more routine than saving seeds from one season to the next? After all, that is how we grow crops on our farms and in our gardens. Yet from Guatemala to Ghana, from Mozambique to Malaysia, this basic practice is being turned into a criminal offence, so that half a dozen large multinational corporations can turn seeds into private property and make money from them.

But people are fighting back and in several countries popular mobilisations are already forcing governments to put seed privatisation plans on hold.

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Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curb to NSA surveillance

Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curb to NSA surveillance | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A coalition of the biggest names in consumer technology have backed a US bill that would limit surveillance and prevent bulk email collection. By Samuel Gibbs
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