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Nigeria's vital Lake Chad left out to dry - Aljazeera.com

Nigeria's vital Lake Chad left out to dry - Aljazeera.com | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Nigeria's vital Lake Chad left out to dry
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Once counted as the largest water reservoirs in Africa, Nigeria's Lake Chad is rapidly shrinking due to excessive use and climate change.
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Ferguson video shows witness saying Michael Brown's hands were raised

Ferguson video shows witness saying Michael Brown's hands were raised | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Footage of two construction workers moments after black teenager's fatal shooting appears to support other witness accounts
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Beyond the code: register for conference

Beyond the Code is an exciting new conference that strives to build knowledge, grow connections, and bring diverse individuals with similar interests together f
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Italian-Palestinian Relations: What Went Wrong?

Italian-Palestinian Relations: What Went Wrong? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Throughout July, Zionist groups carried out a number of attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and Palestinian institutions in Italy. They attacked and abused seven young Italians in Rome. One of the victims was accosted merely for wearing a ...
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Haiti's Fragile Democracy: Defend Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Haiti's Fragile Democracy: Defend Jean-Bertrand Aristide | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has generated a series of standoffs. Outside Aristide's house in the suburb of Tabarre, his supporters have gathered several times in the past weeks to protest announced efforts to arrest him and have usually been dispersed with tear gas by Haitian police and UN soldiers. Inside the Courthouse Judge Lamarre Belizaire insists that the police execute an arrest warrant he issued on August 14, while his chief judge issues contradictory statementsabout whether the effort to have him recused—now before Haiti's Cour de Cassation (Supreme Court)—affects the warrant's validity. In the court of public opinion, Aristide's lawyers—who have not been allowed any hearings or access to the case file—argue that the Judge Belizaire is an illegally-appointed judge following a deeply flawed process to harass an opponent of the government that named him.

 
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The Myopia of Economics Journalism

The Myopia of Economics Journalism | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Economics journalism in South Africa needs to wake up and smell the coffee. As things stand, the profession and its practitioners are apparently ill equipped to relate to recent developments, just as were professional economists when the crash of 2008 stunned the discipline. Unless the media recognises the need for a genuine contest of ideas and diversity of opinions, and starts to speak to the economic experiences of the majority of South Africans, then its future could be bleak indeed. After all, relevance is the most important guarantor of sustainability, not closeness to where the wealth lies in society at this current moment.
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Africans’ land rights at risk as new agricultural trend sweeps continent

Africans’ land rights at risk as new agricultural trend sweeps continent | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The need for private sector investment in Africa is manifest, but the quality of those inflows of capital is vital if it is to enhance the livelihoods of millions of food producers in Africa.
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'No New Wars, No to NATO': Demonstrators Challenge Role of Western Military Alliance

'No New Wars, No to NATO': Demonstrators Challenge Role of Western Military Alliance | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Calling for peace and an end to ever-expanding military intervention, up to one thousand protesters joined a march in Newport, Wales on Thursday, protesting the NATO summit taking place there September 4-5.
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Jadaliyya: September Culture Bouquet

Jadaliyya: September Culture Bouquet | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Almost a decade ago, Saadi Youssef began his poem "Imru' al-Qays' Grandson" by asking: "Is it your fault that once you were born in that country? / Three quarters of a century / and you still pay from your ebbing blood / its ...
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▶ What I've Learned About US Foreign Policy: The War Against the Third World - YouTube

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Produced by Frank Dorrel A 2-hour video compilation featuring 10 segments about CIA covert operations and military interventions sin...
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Illicit outflows from Africa ‘mostly from extractive industries’

Illicit outflows from Africa ‘mostly from extractive industries’ | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma tells industry lekgotla mining companies among biggest culprits in illicit trading
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The BDS Ad Hoc Committee was struck at the September 2013 UTGSU General Council meeting to respond to the motion passed at the December 2012 UTGSU Annual General Meeting (the highest decision-making...
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Palestinians Holding out: Vijay Prashad

Palestinians Holding out: Vijay Prashad | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In an asymmetrical fight, Palestinians have stood firm in resistance even as the international protection they have requested seems too far in the future. By VIJAY PRASHAD
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Medical Racism and the African Patient

Medical Racism and the African Patient | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
There are many diseases and disorders that are effectively coded white or black, depending on whether they are associated with modernity (white) or socially backward (black) ways of life. The prevailing view is that black Africans living in Western countries are the diseased other who pose a threat to the health of whites. In Israel, blood donated by Africans was, until 2007, discarded by Israeli hospitals because of the belief that Africans are diseased. In New Zealand, mandatory HIV testing was demanded from the first settlement of African refugees. Today at least a dozen West Africans with mild flu symptoms are being isolated in European countries such as Spain, Ireland, Germany and Austria even though Ebola explosions largely afflict African people living in poverty and the health care workers who serve them.
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Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Innocent people under military rule exposed to surveillance by Israel, say 43 ex-members of Unit 8200, including reservists
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Roundtable Introduction: New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice

Roundtable Introduction: New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In April of 2013, the Arab Media Center at the University of Westminster's CAMRI hosted its annual Arab media studies conference under the title of “New Media, New Politics?” At a critical juncture in the progress of the region’s uprisings, the ...
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On SJP’s Freedom to Organize: An Open Letter from CUNY Faculty

On SJP’s Freedom to Organize: An Open Letter from CUNY Faculty | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[The following letter, signed by faculty from sixteen colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), was released on 1 September 2014. For more information, or to sign on as a CUNY faculty signatory or an affiliate supporter, click here.]
As ...
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Urgent Action to Preserve Net Neutrality!

Urgent Action to Preserve Net Neutrality! | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
People around the world understand the battle for net neutrality as a defining moment for the Internet.
 
ThoughtWorks is joining Big Telecom vs. The World, a global effort of more than 50 groups in 22 countries who are calling on individuals, organizations and companies to be part of the historic campaign. 
 
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Tell Turkey’s dairy giant Sütas, to stop its shameful attack on human rights!

Tell Turkey’s dairy giant Sütas, to stop its shameful attack on human rights! | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Please support this IUF urgent action campaign and spread the word.
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ISIS, Iraq, Syria and US Objectives | NewsClick

Aijaz Ahmad, the well-known political commentator discusses with Newsclick the so-called rescue of the Yazidis by the US, when in reality, on the ground it was Kurdish forces -- PKK forces from Turkey and YPG from Syria -- who had come to their rescue. Aijaz believes that the US wanted a change of guard -- replacing al Maliki with Haider al Abadi, and refusing to aid the Baghdad forces against IS before was a part of this plan. he also felt that though the current fighting is a danger to the Mosul Dam, held to be the most dangerous dam in the world, ISIS or IS, would not be able to hold it for long. . Aijaz also pointed out the recent concessions that Iran has made to the US and that this indicates a tacit understanding in Iraq of Iran, Baghdad forces and the US against IS. He suggested that chances are that IS would now turn to Syria for its next set of targets, where the US still seems to want a regime change. Despite the rise of forces such as IS, which could be against the interests of the US, the longterm objectives of the US to remake this whole region into a patchwork of ethnic and religious states still continues.

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Newsclick is a site worth keeping an eye on - some of the best analyses to be found

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China's engagement with African agriculture

China's engagement with African agriculture | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Some experts say that the Chinese engagement in African agriculture is still in the exploratory stage.
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Like so many articles of the same kind, if you go through the details about China's involvement in Africa presented in the article you find sparse evidence of China's engagement with agriculture. China trades with Africa, but it is really difficult to find evidence of its investment or exploitation in agricultural exploitation. We need to compare whatever figures there may be with the investments and exploitation of Europe (see EPAs), Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the USA.

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The Middle East: US created ISIS to topple Libya

The Middle East: US created ISIS to topple Libya | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
TV about what's REALLY going on.

Via Enrique Ferro
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Enrique Ferro's curator insight, September 4, 8:20 PM



The origin of ISIS

Where there is smoke, there is
fire.

ISIS is just a little too slick to
have come out of nowhere.

So where did it come from?
We've got the answers.

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Ebola outbreak: call to send in military to west Africa: Case of militarisation of aid

Ebola outbreak: call to send in military to west Africa: Case of militarisation of aid | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Head of Médecins sans Frontières says the world is 'losing the battle' as cases and deaths continue to surge
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The role of NGOs is supporting the militarisation of aid is not new - they were up to the same game in Somalia. 

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Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’: Amy Goodman

Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’: Amy Goodman | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action.
- 2014/09/03
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Police as occupying army

Police as occupying army | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The death of a black teenager at the hands of a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent war-like response by the police to the protests expose a culture of hatred for the black community and the militarisation of the police in the United States. By Vijay Prashad
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Doctors for gaza children

Doctors for gaza children | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Doctors for Gaza Children, Create your online petition, let's change this world from the bottom. Sign for your fights.
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