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Indian company invests in mung bean and sesame seed in Mozambique for export to India

Indian company invests in mung bean and sesame seed in Mozambique for export to India | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Primus Agri Products is investing US$3 million to commercially produce mung beans and sesame seeds on 170 ha in Mozambique’s Nampula province for export to Asia.

 

“In the first phase we only planted mung beans and sesame. The harvest will be sent to India and also to other Asian countries. If everything goes well the next phase will include the planting of cowpeas and maize,” Kumar said.

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Large-scale agricultural investments threaten right to food of small-scale farmers in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands

Large-scale agricultural investments threaten right to food of small-scale farmers in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
New report published by Misereor is based upon first-hand interviews with farmers in four villages of Tanzania’s Southern Highlands utilizing a right to food framework.
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13 girls die in Swaziland bus crash en route to offer themselves to king

13 girls die in Swaziland bus crash en route to offer themselves to king | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A road accident in Swaziland kills 13 girls and seriously injures 20 others who were on their way to dance for the king.
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Egypt: Guilty verdict against Al Jazeera journalists affront to justice

Egypt: Guilty verdict against Al Jazeera journalists affront to justice | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The guilty verdicts handed down against Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed are an affront to justice that sound the death knell for freedom of expression in Egypt.
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Part I: The Western world is not the only one ignoring events in Yemen

Part I: The Western world is not the only one ignoring events in Yemen | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The bloodshed in Yemen has been continuing for over a year now. With thousands dead and cities razed...
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Pesticide Poisoning Effects to Farm Workers

Pesticide Poisoning Effects to Farm Workers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

According to data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at least 20,000 farm workers are poisoned by pesticides each year.

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Lewis R Gordon on Frantz Fanon and the art of embodying blackness

Lewis R Gordon on Frantz Fanon and the art of embodying blackness | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
There is a white construction called “the black”. This construction is told that if he or she really is human, then he or she could go beyond the boundaries of race. The black can supposedly “really choose” to live otherwise as a form of social being that is not black and is not any racial form or designation.

Racial constructions are leeches on all manifestations of human ways of living: language, sex, labour (material and aesthetic), socialising (reciprocal recognition), consciousness, and the “soul”. Black Skin, White Masks thus describes a quasi -anonymous black hero’s efforts to shake off these leeches and live an adult human existence.
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(1982) Audre Lorde, “Learning from the 60s” | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

(1982) Audre Lorde, “Learning from the 60s” | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

MALCOLM X is a distinct shape in a very pivotal period of my life. I stand here now - Black, Lesbian, Feminist - an inheritor of Malcolm and in his tradition, doing my work, and the ghost of his voice through my mouth asks each one of you here tonight: Are you doing yours?

There are no new ideas, just new ways of giving those ideas we cherish breath and power in our own living. I'm not going to pretend that the moment I first saw or heard Malcolm X he became my shining prince, because it wouldn't be true. In February 1965 I was raising two children and a husband in a three-room flat on 149th Street in Harlem. I had read about Malcolm X and the Black Muslims. I became more interested in Malcolm X after he left the Nation of Islam, when he was silenced by Elijah Muhammad for his comment, after Kennedy's assassination, to the effect that the chickens had come home to roost. Before this I had not given much thought to the Nation of Islam because of their attitude toward women as well as because of their non-activist stance. I'd read Malcolm's autobiography, and I liked his style, and I thought he looked a lot like my father's people, but I was one of the ones who didn't really hear Malcolm's voice until it was amplified by death.
- See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/1982-audre-lorde-learning-60s#sthash.CYruXkPS.G7mZzlkI.dpuf

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Hugh Roberts · The Hijackers: What will happen to Syria?

Hugh Roberts · The Hijackers: What will happen to Syria? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Ever since the Syrians had decided that the UAR was a mistake, reducing their country to the unbearable condition of an Egyptian colony, the pressure to find another solution had been immense. Jadid’s adventurist policy compounded the problem, contributing as it did to Israel’s devastating pre-emptive war in June 1967 and the aggravation of Syria’s vulnerability by the loss of the Golan Heights. The Syrian minister of defence at that time was Hafez al-Assad, one of Jadid’s colleagues on the Military Committee, and long a close ally. Assad decided Jadid’s policy was folly and in November 1970 he seized power, determined to make Syria a viable and defendable country, whatever it took. A central element of his strategy was building strong alliances with distant and powerful states that had no ambitions to take Syria over, among them the Soviet Union and, from 1979, Iran. At home, he sought national unity in an effort to secure consent to the authoritarian aspect of the regime.
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A new left rising? #Spain's #Podemos

A new left rising? #Spain's #Podemos | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
he newly created political party Podemos (“we can” in English) shocked the European political establishment last May when it won 1.2 million votes and elected five deputies to the European Parliament. This was quite an accomplishment for a party that didn’t even exist until early 2014.

To many on the left, the success of Podemos parallels the rise of Greece’s Syriza, with both representing an electoral and political challenge to the dominant politics of austerity in Europe. The Podemos phenomenon has been touted as a harbinger of a “new left rising” that offers “a non-market-driven, pro-worker political alternative to vote for.”1 Even the ultra-establishment Foreign Affairs, with a hint of worry, agrees that Podemos “upended Spanish politics like nothing else since the 1970s, and the party is set to make the upcoming elections the most unpredictable in decades.”
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Market turmoil - a very clear analysis of collapse in stock prices

Market turmoil - a very clear analysis of collapse in stock prices | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

A very clear analysis of the recent widespread collapse in stock prices by the Marxist economist Michael Roberts. He argues that the current market correction "exposes a big truth about the global ‘economic recovery’, such as it is, since 2009. It has been mainly based, not on investment in productive sectors to raise productivity and employment, but in fictitious capital."

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South Sudan: The beginning of the end of the civil war? | Daily Maverick

South Sudan: The beginning of the end of the civil war? | Daily Maverick | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In Addis Ababa, a grinning President Salva Kiir finally put pen to paper on a peace deal for South Sudan. Better 10 days late than never. While sceptics are right to wonder if his signature is anything more than a PR stunt, the truth is that peace doesn’t come easy – and this is as good a place to start as any. By SIMON ALLISON.
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Ottawa's arms deal with Saudi Arabia contingent on secrecy

Ottawa's arms deal with Saudi Arabia contingent on secrecy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia made excess publicity about the $15-billion sale of armoured fighting vehicles a deal-breaker, according to records obtained by The Globe
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Eco-Oil Energie investira 350 milliards dans un projet agroalimentaire au #Congo

Eco-Oil Energie investira 350 milliards dans un projet agroalimentaire au #Congo | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Au Congo, des investisseurs malaisiens prévoient un investissement de 350 milliards de francs Cfa dans un projet agro-industriel.
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'A riot is the language of the unheard'

'A riot is the language of the unheard' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Forced into the public domain has been UCT's function as a "non-profit" corporation and its collusion with mining multinationals.
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Reporters, witnesses silenced ‘one by one’ with ICC link deadly in Kenya

Reporters, witnesses silenced ‘one by one’ with ICC link deadly in Kenya | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
People connected to the ICC proceedings against the country's leaders are turning up dead
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Human rights groups face global crackdown 'not seen in a generation'

Human rights groups face global crackdown 'not seen in a generation' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“There are new pieces of legislation almost every week – on foreign funding, restrictions in registration or association, anti-protest laws, gagging laws. And, unquestionably, this is going to intensify in the coming two to three years. You can visibly watch the space shrinking.”
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Part I: The Western world is not the only one ignoring events in Yemen

Part I: The Western world is not the only one ignoring events in Yemen | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The bloodshed in Yemen has been continuing for over a year now. With thousands dead and cities razed...
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Give me your tired, your poor … the Europeans embracing migrants

Give me your tired, your poor … the Europeans embracing migrants | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Away from the xenophobic hysteria aimed at desperate immigrants are people taking steps to help newcomers and promote the good things they bring
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Children Of The Sea: Poem by Tariq Mehmood @TariqMehmood000

Children Of The Sea: Poem by Tariq Mehmood @TariqMehmood000 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Curse the sky's eyes that watched me that night and forgot you, ...

Oh children of desperate breathes,

I saw you from a distance beyond the waves

Beyond the daggers

Beyond the graves

And told a lost friend I was lost for words.

Sulayma replied:

Say

Where was I to have saved you

Little girl with a blue dress

Say

Little girl with a blue dress,

Why did you not scream louder.

I might have heard you.

I could have come.

I would have swam.

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Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope

Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The past ten years in Lebanon have been a study in political paralysis and escalating anger and frustration among citizens and residents of the country. To recap only the most basic of facts, since 2005 the country divided and polarized into two ...
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It Was No Compliment to Call Bill Clinton 'The First Black President'

It Was No Compliment to Call Bill Clinton 'The First Black President' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

In 1998, Toni Morrison wrote a comment for The New Yorker arguing that  “white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime.”  Last week the New York Times, implicitly cited Morrison’s piece, and claimed the author was giving Clinton “a compliment.” This interpretation of Morrison’s claim is as common as it is erroneous.

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Introducing Popular Unity #greece

Early this morning, twenty-five Syriza MPs left the parliamentary group of the party to create a new group under the name of “Popular Unity.” Most of these MPs are affiliated with the Left Platform, but some others also joined like Vangelis Diamantopoulos or Rachel Makri, a close collaborator of Zoe Kostantopoulou.

This is a major development in Greek politics but also for the radical left, in Greece and at an international level.

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Support Mumia Abu-Jamal in Danger: Treatment Now!

Support Mumia Abu-Jamal in Danger: Treatment Now! | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Mumia Abu-Jamal needs life saving treatment for Hepatitis C. And we need your help to get it. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Salif Keita says Africa albino attacks 'unacceptable' - News24

Salif Keita says Africa albino attacks 'unacceptable' - News24 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
African music legend Salif Keita has called for people with albinism to be protected, as Tanzania begins campaigning for general elections with fears growing over a rise in witchcraft attacks.
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Le Gabon veut devenir le premier producteur africain d'huile de palme

Le Gabon veut devenir le premier producteur africain d'huile de palme | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Le groupe singapourien Olam vient de lancer sa premiere usine de production de cette denrée dans le pays.
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