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So colonialism was bad for Africa - and that is news?

So colonialism was bad for Africa - and that is news? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Would Africa's economic development have been different without colonialism? Would it have been richer today? Debate has raged on this question for 50 years but for the first time exciting research by economic historians in ...
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Have these folk not read Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa? So are these guys earning degrees by telling us all what we already know!

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Jesse Benjamin's comment, January 14, 2013 12:21 AM
reinventing the reinvention of the wheel?
Firoze Manji's comment, January 14, 2013 8:04 AM
Brilliant, Jesse!

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Ghanaian Hustle - Roads & Kingdoms

Ghanaian Hustle - Roads & Kingdoms | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

There’s a word for it in Ga: nakpee. That combination of awe and disbelief that leaves you breathless. That’s what I feel when I round a corner in a field full of what I assume are rusting old tanker trucks and find a man standing on a massive sheet of curved metal. He’s staring into the guts of a half-finished tanker with a profound look of resignation on his face. “Light off,” says Kofi Boache, brandishing a lifeless welding gun to prove it—there’s another blackout. This is why the damn things take a month to make.

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▶ Arundhati Roy talks with Tariq Ali on the state of India: PART 2

Tariq Ali in conversation with Arundhati Roy about the state of Indian politics, and the unique role that the caste system plays in it. teleSUR#Arundhati htt...
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Black Feminism Is: Reflections on the Black Feminist Think Tank Symposium

Black Feminism Is: Reflections on the Black Feminist Think Tank Symposium | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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On 20-21 March 2015, hundreds gathered at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to examine black feminism as an intellectual and political practice and to chart a way forward. As faculty, students, and activists from around the United ...
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Too Much Memory? Remembering and Forgetting at the Crossroads of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Too Much Memory? Remembering and Forgetting at the Crossroads of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Indeed suffering in common unifies more than joy does. Where national memories are concerned, griefs are of more value than triumphs, for they impose duties and require a common effort.[1]
These words from Ernest Renan’s iconic essay of 1882, ...
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The Secret Country Again Wages War on its Own People

The Secret Country Again Wages War on its Own People | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Genocide is a word Australians hate to hear. Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to "support" the homelands. 

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African Union reacts to news of dying African migrants!

African Union reacts to news of dying African migrants! | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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People's March Against Xenophobia

People's March Against Xenophobia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
JOIN Thursday 23 April at 13:00 March with us – Pieter Roos Park(Hillbrow) to Mary Fitzgerald Square(Newtown) The attacks against foreigners in KwaZulu Natal, Johannesburg and other parts of our co...
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Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret

Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
  By Bill Bigelow In the Academy Award-winning documentary Hearts and Minds, Daniel Ellsberg, who secretly copied and then released the Pentagon Papers, offers a catalog of presidential lying about the U.S. role in Vietnam: Truman lied. Eisenhower lied. …
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Evicted & abandoned: How the World Bank broke its promise to protect the poor

Evicted & abandoned: How the World Bank broke its promise to protect the poor | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
ICIJ and The Huffington Post estimate that 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced by World Bank-backed projects since 2004.
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The World Bank’s long war on peasants

The World Bank’s long war on peasants | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
It is difficult to overstate the degree to which the IMF and World Bank’s neoliberal economic policies contribute to extreme vulnerability for farmers and peasants.
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Republic of Congo to promote foreign investment in agriculture

Republic of Congo to promote foreign investment in agriculture | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The country will undertake substantial reforms to its investment policy framework in order to attract and benefit more from FDI and promote agricultural development, according to an UNCTAD policy review.
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Ran Greenstein, Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine

Ran Greenstein, Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Ran Greenstein, Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine. London: Pluto Press, 2014.
Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?
Ran Greenstein (RG): History is frequently written from a skewed perspective, ...
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From Alejandro González Iñárritu to Feidin Santana: Colliding Lives, Disrupting Narratives

From Alejandro González Iñárritu to Feidin Santana: Colliding Lives, Disrupting Narratives | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
When Sean Penn tossed off the ostensible insult ("Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?") in making the Academy Awards introduction to his longtime collaborator and friend, the visionary Mex...
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▶ Arundhati Roy talks with Tariq Ali on the state of India: PART 1

Tariq Ali in conversation with Arundhati Roy about the state of Indian politics, and the unique role that the caste system plays in it. teleSUR#Arundhati htt...
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Reflections on Public Spaces in Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Tunis

Reflections on Public Spaces in Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Tunis | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Chiara Sebastiani, Una città, una rivoluzione. Tunisi e la riconquista dello spazio pubblico. Cosenza: Luigi Pellegrini Editore, 2014.
Collective, Au centre de Tunis: Géographies de l’espace public après une Révolution, available online ...
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Obama and Republicans Agree on the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Unfortunately

Obama and Republicans Agree on the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Unfortunately | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The agreement is little more than enhanced corporation power branded as free trade. And it’s making for some very odd alliances.
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Strange Convergence: Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg at 100

Strange Convergence: Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg at 100 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

If Billie Holiday and Ethel Rosenberg were alive, they’d both celebrate their 100th birthdays this year. At first glance they may seem an unlikely couple, but a closer look reveals surprising parallels. They were each born into poverty six months and a hundred miles apart. Billie in April 1915 in Philadelphia, and Ethel in September in lower Manhattan. Both had extraordinary singing voices, although Billie’s vocal genius eclipsed Ethel’s. Still, Ethel’s teachers considered her voice so special that they called her out of class to sing the national anthem at assemblies.

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Secret negotiations on trade treaties, a threat to human rights – UN expert

GENEVA (23 April 2015) – The Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, expressed Thursday his deep concern over the general lack of awareness on the adverse effects that existing, or under negotiations, bilateral and multilateral free trade and investment agreements have on the enjoyment of human rights in many countries, particularly in the developing world.

“I am concerned about the secrecy surrounding negotiations for trade treaties, which have excluded key stakeholder groups from the process, including labour unions, environmental protection groups, food-safety movements and health professionals. 

Proactive disclosure by governments, genuine consultation and public participation in decision-making are indispensable to make these agreements democratically legitimate.

“Fast-tracking” adoption of such treaties has a detrimental impact on the promotion of a democratic and equitable world order. 

It is tantamount to disenfranchising the public and constitutes a violation of human rights law, which stipulates that every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity to take part in the conduct of public affairs.

 

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Prison refuses Mumia Medical Care

Prison refuses Mumia Medical Care | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Mumia is still in medical danger. He is weak, in the infirmary, and still needs a wheelchair to come out to visits. In a phone call on Monday his voice was hesitant and lacked its usual vibrancy. 

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China Is Already in Bed with the West Even While South Africa Expects It will Be Its Saviour

China Is Already in Bed with the West Even While South Africa Expects It will Be Its Saviour | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
While the Rhodes Must Fall protestors have successfully toppled the Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town, the latest signs are that the global economic order is only getting stronger albeit with a few changed faces. In much the same way that replacing statues of old white capitalists with that of new black capitalists does not change the rules of the economy, so too is there growing evidence that China and other emerging economies are tracking closer and closer to reinforcing rather than
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Agriculture paysanne : Obstacle foncier

Agriculture paysanne : Obstacle foncier | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Les paysans malgaches en ont ras-le-bol face à l’ampleur grandissante des problèmes fonciers dus à l’expansion des exploitations minières et de l’agrobusiness.
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Criticism of GAR and Wilmar African oil palm projects highlight global ‘no-deforestation' challenges

Criticism of GAR and Wilmar African oil palm projects highlight global ‘no-deforestation' challenges | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Those keen to see an end to years of environmental destruction and see genuine change in the behavior of major palm oil producers and suppliers feel there is still a lot to be mistrusting of.
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Peasant farmers launch series of occupations on Socfin’s plantations

Peasant farmers launch series of occupations on Socfin’s plantations | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Peasant farmers deprived of their lands launch a series of occupations on Socfin’s plantations in Cameroon, Liberia, Cambodia and Côte d’Ivoire from now until the annual shareholder meetings of the Socfin group (27 May) and the Bolloré group (4 June).
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Reason after Liberalism

Reason after Liberalism | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Liberalism, which has never escaped its roots as a philosophy constituted around a primary distinction between the presentation of some people as civilized and others as barbarous, is not an adequate matrix in which to think through our crisis. When the liberal consensus that dominates our elite spaces presents all construction of power outside of liberal institutions as an assault on reason and democracy, it becomes a barrier to rational engagement. South Africas future will not be forged in li
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