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farmlandgrab.org | Liberian communities statement on expansion of Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum plantations

farmlandgrab.org | Liberian communities statement on expansion of Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum plantations | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Over 150 community representatives from four counties in Liberia gathered to discuss their experiences and concerns regarding the impact of oil palm plantations on their livelihoods and communities.
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Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos wins 15 seats in Andalusia

Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos wins 15 seats in Andalusia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Regional parliamentary election weakens Spain’s two-party system in Podemos’s first test since ally Syriza won Greek elections
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Rhodes Must Fall

Rhodes Must Fall | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Students have often been a force for political and intellectual renewal. In recent months, beginning at Wits where students issued a challenge to the curriculum and then in Cape Town and Grahamstown, where they have organised around a set of issues via opposition to the ways in which Cecil John Rhodes has been memorialised, students have once again created a real opening in the sclerosis of the official consensus. If they can sustain that opening, new conversations and new practices will continu
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Confronting Colonial Discourse

Confronting Colonial Discourse | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The post-apartheid intellectual environment is shaped by a colonial discourse, which equates sounding white with intelligence and cultural sophistication. The main function of this colonial discourse is to normalise white privilege and unmerited prestige. Like the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at UCT, this colonial discourse places whiteness at the centre whilst other discourses that interpret society differently remain on the margins. Whites in post-apartheid South Africa have unrealistic expecta
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No convictions over 500 black and Asian deaths in custody

No convictions over 500 black and Asian deaths in custody | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Research by Institute of Race Relations accuses state institutions of ongoing prejudice and ‘culpable lack of care’
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Remember Sharpeville: S Africa mired in memory politics

Remember Sharpeville: S Africa mired in memory politics | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
South Africans mark 55 years since one of the worst apartheid-era mass killings, but other atrocities still forgotten.
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Neoliberalism as Social Necrophilia: The Case of Greece

Neoliberalism as Social Necrophilia: The Case of Greece | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
What's happening now in Greece can be best described as the ''downsizing of a country'' that brings profound changes in its social and economic fabric.
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The U.S. Military Just Plunged Philippine Politics into Crisis - FPIF

American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.
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Donors warn Ethiopia of Omo conflict risk from rapid sugar plans

Donors warn Ethiopia of Omo conflict risk from rapid sugar plans | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Ethiopian Sugar Corp. is tapping loans from Development Bank of China to build six sugar-processing factories and plant 150,000 hectares of sugar cane in the region bordering Kenya. This may exacerbate conflict in the ethnically diverse region.
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Sudan plans Investments in Egypt's Agriculture Sector

Sudan plans Investments in Egypt's Agriculture Sector | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir clarified that Sudan has the land and water and Egypt has the human resources and expertise while gulf countries can provide financing.
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Putting the brakes on New Alliance land grabs

Putting the brakes on New Alliance land grabs | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Much of the EU’s focus on the private sector is through its membership of the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (which is predominantly funded by the EU, the US and several European countries). This 3 year-old public-private partnership will invest €7.57bn in 10 African partner countries in a ‘win-win’ agricultural development and food security strategy that will lift 50m people out of hunger by 2022. The EU alone is committing €1.2bn.

Noble aspirations. But several examples from across Africa show that the New Alliance is having precisely the opposite effect. In Nigeria, Mozambique and here in Tanzania, smallholder farmers are being moved off their land to make way for sugarcane, rice and other crop-growing projects which are being backed by New Alliance money. And, in Tanzania at least, none has been offered the choice of whether to be resettled or not: they have only been offered a choice of whether to receive cash or land for resettlement. This violates the internationally recognised principle of prior, free and informed consent and constitutes a land grab.

 
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Defend Swaziland unions! Free Mario Masuku!

Defend Swaziland unions! Free Mario Masuku! | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The Congress of South African Trade Unions strongly condemns recent violent attacks by Swaziland police on trade union meetings and sends a message of solidarity and support to the Swazi workers struggling for democracy and the right to organise in free and independent trade unions. 

On March 14, 2015, King Mswati’s police broke up a meeting of the executive board of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), and injured a union leader who was taking part. According to TUCOSWA leaders and the Swazi Observer, more than 300 plainclothed police forced participants to end the meeting in the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) Centre and blocked the gates to the building. TUCOSWA has reported that Muzi Mhlanga, SNAT secretary general, was assaulted and had to seek medical care.

 
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Let them eat carbon! The corporate plan to cook Africa in its own fossil fuels

Let them eat carbon! The corporate plan to cook Africa in its own fossil fuels | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Mining corporations, politicians and big NGOs are meeting in London today to plan the future of extractive industries in Africa, write Nnimmo Bassey & Sheila Berry. Absent African civil society and impacted communities, delegates are setting an agenda for 'resource-led development' that will cook the continent in the greenhouse gases of its plundered oil, gas and coal.
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Shot down in the streets: Maputo’s mafia-style killings

Shot down in the streets: Maputo’s mafia-style killings | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
New Mozambican president Felipe Nyusi has many challenges to confront, including poverty and social exclusion. But the one that will take steely resolve is reclaiming the parts of the state captured by organised crime. Does he have the political will to do so? MERCEDES SAYAGUES reports.
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South Africa's Troubled Alliance and the Road Ahead: Interview with Karl Cloet

South Africa's Troubled Alliance and the Road Ahead: Interview with Karl Cloet | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The expulsion of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) from COSATU in November 2014 was a watershed moment in the post-apartheid labour movement. The expulsion is a product of, and has deepened further, the crisis in the Alliance between the African National Congress (ANC), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), as well as the internal crises of each of the three component parts of the Alliance.
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New peoples' declaration brings common understanding of agroecology

New peoples' declaration brings common understanding of agroecology | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

“Agroecology is political; it requires us to challenge and transform structures of power in society. We need to put the control of seeds, biodiversity, land and territories, waters, knowledge, culture and the commons in the hands of the peoples who feed the world,” according to the declaration of the International Forum of Agroecology.

More than 200 people took part in the forum, held in Nyéléni, Mali, from February 23 to 27, representing organizations of peasants, indigenous people, agricultural workers, artisanal fisherfolks, and nomadic pastoralists, as well as consumers and other urban people. They met to develop joint strategies to promote agroecology and defend it from corporate co-optation.

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Kenya to build wall on border with Somalia

Kenya to build wall on border with Somalia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The government will construct a wall between Kenya and Somalia on a portion of the border in Lamu County to enhance security.
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Selma’s Commemoration, Jim Crow & Urban Development Pt. 1... | Video

Selma’s Commemoration, Jim Crow & Urban Development Pt. 1... | Video | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The city of Selma commemorated the 50th anniversary of its historic marches for voting rights recently, but how much progress has really been made since 1965? Much has been made of the relationship between racism & urban development through much of 20th century America, but what about the ways in which segregation was found to be profitable? Venezuela was recently designated a national security threat by the United States, citing human rights violations, but what was the real motivation behind this action on the part of the United States? The Global African host Bill Fletcher explores these stories with Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, labor economist & president emeritus of Bennett College for Women, and N.D.B. Connolly, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University

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Speaker of the Greek parliament launches a debt audit commission

Speaker of the Greek parliament launches a debt audit commission | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The Speaker of the Greek parliament, Zoé Konstantopoulou, has announced during a press conference on 17 March 2015 the creation of a commission to audit the Greek debt. The scientific coordination of the commission will be led by Eric Toussaint, Spokesman for CADTM and a member of the Ecuadorian debt audit Commission that sat in 2007-2008. “The purpose is to identify any debts taken on by the Greek government that may have an illegal, illegitimate or odious nature,” the Greek people “has the right to demand that any part of the Greek debt that may eventually be shown to be illegal – be erased,” declared the Greek Parliament’s Speaker.

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Hindu Rashtra, Cow and Muslims - Full Story - Newzfirst

Hindu Rashtra, Cow and Muslims - Full Story - Newzfirst | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Upper caste Hindus and Hindu Nationalist Organisations have had ambiguous attitude toward cow as an animal and as a symbol of Hindu Rashtra oscillating between reverence and irreverence. It is only...
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Call to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council’s 28th Session

Joint NGO oral statement to the Human Rights Council 28th ordinary session. Call to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

The UN General Assembly, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and existing special procedure mandate holders have all recognized the pressing need for ongoing, systematic and authoritative monitoring, reporting and guidance on the scope and content of the right to privacy.

The creation of a mandate of Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy would address this urgent need and fill a significant gap in the conceptual and practical understanding of the right to privacy.

 
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Local land rights may be in danger from push for palm oil in Liberia

Local land rights may be in danger from push for palm oil in Liberia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Investment in agricultural production and trade often harms the rights of local and indigenous peoples while failing to contribute significantly to economic development, according to a new report from the Rights and Resources Institute.

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Civil society denounces World Bank's conference land & poverty

Farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and other civil society organizations, under the umbrella of Our Land Our Business, call World Bank’s annual Conference on Land and Poverty a sham.
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The great land giveaway in Mozambique

The great land giveaway in Mozambique | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
What may end up dooming the ProSavana project in Mozambique is farmers’ growing awareness of the threat to their land, and their capacity to resist.
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The film that reveals how American ‘experts’ discredit climate scientists

The film that reveals how American ‘experts’ discredit climate scientists | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Last week the US secretary of state launched a savage attack on climate sceptics, fuelling a toxic political debate
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Banque mondiale : Cuba est le pays au monde qui investit le plus dans l’éducation

Banque mondiale : Cuba est le pays au monde qui investit le plus dans l’éducation | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Selon l’institution internationale, aucun pays, y compris les plus riches, ne dédie une part aussi élevée de son budget national à l’éducation que Cuba. Les résultats sont exceptionnels. Cuba est u...
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