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Convention on the Great Land Grab Saga in Ethiopia and India | oaklandinstitute.org

Convention on the Great Land Grab Saga in Ethiopia and India | oaklandinstitute.org | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The Convention on the Great Land Grab Saga in Ethiopia and India is a day-long conference to be held on Feb. 6, 2013 at the India International Centre, New Delhi to deliberate on the ongoing land takeover in India and in African countries like Ethiopia by Indian companies.

The convention is being co-organised by Indian Social Action Forum, The Oakland Institute, Kalpavriksh, and PEACE. It will bring together activists resisting this land grab in different parts of India and Ethiopia to share their experiences, suffering, and collectively ponder the way forward in challenging these land grabbers let loose by the so-called world's largest democracy (see the draft background note and draft agenda below).

The meeting will be followed by another convention on struggles against land grab and fabrication of false cases against activists all over the country during February 7-8, 2013 at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi.

 
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Stop the attack on social media + bloggers

Stop the attack on social media + bloggers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Right now South Africans could face new regulations that could stop us from posting updates, tweets, images, videos and blogs without first getting approval from the Film and Publication Board. According to the Board's draft regulation, all online content must be classified including “...self generated content uploaded or posted on social media platforms”. [1] Together with the SOS Coalition, we demand that this regulation be scrapped as it violates our democratic right to freedom of expression and access to information.

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Mali government promises to tackle land grabbing

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Mali’s Minister of State Domains and Land Affairs Me Mohamed Ali Bathily has said his ministry will launch a merciless war against land grabbers and those who engage in land speculation
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FOR ENDORSEMENT: Call of CSOs against New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa

FOR ENDORSEMENT: Call of CSOs against New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
We, social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defense of food sovereignty and the right to food in Africa, met at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015 to unite those opposing the G8 “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition”. Social movements and organizations from Africa shared their experiences and analysis about the impacts of the New Alliance in their countries and participants from all over the world agreed to support their struggles against this threat to food sovereignty and agro-ecology. As such, we joined the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles and adopted its Declaration.1 This statement reflects our discussions and our demands to governments engaged in the New Alliance and expresses support for the call on the G7 Presidency made by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
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#Nigeria: Deforestation, exploitation, hypocrisy: no end to Wilmar's palm oil land grabs

#Nigeria: Deforestation, exploitation, hypocrisy: no end to Wilmar's palm oil land grabs | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
While Wilmar spins green rhetoric, its bulldozers are still destroying vast swathes of forest and farmland.
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Morocco/ Western Sahara – Human rights defender Babit El Kori assaulted

Morocco/ Western Sahara – Human rights defender Babit El Kori assaulted | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
On the evening of 25 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Babit El Kori was attacked by security forces during a protest calling for equal employment rights for Sahrawis, in front of the headquarters of the Moroccan Workers' Union (UMT) in Laayoune. Moroccan security forces dispersed the protest violently, beat several participants and reportedly targeted the organisers.
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Senate votes to give Obama fast-track authority on trade deals, erosion of democracy

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Mitch McConnell hails ‘new opportunities for bigger paychecks, better jobs’ but fierce fight for approval likely in House this summer
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Museum of History to exclude Winnipeg General Strike exhibit | Toronto Star

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A room devoted to the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike will be excluded from the renovated Canadian Museum of History, but officials promise the labour movement will still be included.
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Ghana's women farmers resist the G7 plan to grab Africa's seeds

Ghana's women farmers resist the G7 plan to grab Africa's seeds | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Sharing and saving seed is a crucial part of traditional farming all over Africa, writes Heidi Chow. Maybe that's why governments, backed by multinational seed companies, are imposing oppressive seed laws that attack the continent's main food producers and open the way to industrial agribusiness. But Ghana's women farmers are having none of it.
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Evicted and Abandoned: Explore Stories From Around the World

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The World Bank pledges to "do no harm." But over the past decade it has regularly failed to protect the world's most vulnerable people.
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To put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill would be an insult to her legacy | Steven W Thrasher

To put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill would be an insult to her legacy | Steven W Thrasher | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
I don’t want to see the abolitionist commodified with a price, as she once was as a slave
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Venezuela Mourns Loss of Feminist Revolutionary Nora Castañeda

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An economist, university lecturer and much loved revolutionary, Castañeda is renowned for having founded and presided over Venezuela’s internationally celebrated Women’s Development Bank, “Banmujer” since 2001. She was also one of the chief protagonists of the autochthonous Venezuelan working class women’s movement which emerged in the 1980s. 

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History repeats as farce: Giving away land without consultation in Mozambique

History repeats as farce: Giving away land without consultation in Mozambique | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Mozambique Council of Ministers is considering a massive project along the Lurio River in northern Mozambique without consulting the estimated 500,000 affected people in the project area.
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Government of Mozambique is expected to approve Prosavana project this year

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The master plan of Prosavana, a large agricultural project to be implemented in three northern provinces of Mozambique, is due to be approved by the government by the end of 2015, the project’s coordinator said in Maputo.
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Tanzanie : des milliers de paysan-ne-s chassé-e-s par un projet du G8

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Tanzania: Govt to freeze multi-billion shilling pact with US firm

Tanzania: Govt to freeze multi-billion shilling pact with US firm | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The government is in the process of revoking the contract entered by the Tanzania Investment Centre with an investment company, Agrisol, for lease of 10,000 hectares in Uvinza District, Kigoma Region
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Angola’s $750 million sugar-to-fuel project to start in June

Angola’s $750 million sugar-to-fuel project to start in June | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A $750 million project to produce ethanol and sugar in Angola will start next month after a year of delays as costs rose 50 percent on a plantation larger than Montreal.
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Kenya’s Safaricom says national police surveillance system live and spying on you

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New national surveillance system now live in Kenya (Nairobi skyline. Image source: Shutterstock.com)Kenya’s Safaricom says a new national police surveillance. Safaricom is colluding with the state to spy on you

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Immanuel Wallerstein: The Global Systemic Crisis and the Struggle for a Post-Capitalist World

Immanuel Wallerstein: The Global Systemic Crisis and the Struggle for a Post-Capitalist World | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The increase of political and economic turmoils - from Ukraine, the Middle East and North Africa to the Euro crisis - are symptoms of a worldwide systemic crisis, says Immanuel Wallerstein. The global capitalist system reaches its limits, as its engine, the endless accumulation of capital, has started stuttering. One of the root causes of this process is the fact that more and more jobs even in the service sector of the middle class get replaced by machines. Thus fewer and fewer people have the means to buy up the produced goods, investments do not pay off anymore, speculation is soaring. The system itself cannot solve this problem. The solution can only evolve after the current chaotic phase of transition to a new system.

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The wretched of the sea: an Algerian perspective

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The securitisation of immigration control has failed to solve the migrant crisis because it ignores the root cause: a global system that puts profits before people.
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Decency of Irish not limited to liberal Dublin: voters say yes to gay marriage

Decency of Irish not limited to liberal Dublin: voters say yes to gay marriage | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

We knew it by Friday afternoon. This referendum was always going to live or die on turnout. 

A high turnout would mean the dedicated base of No voters would be overwhelmed. In the final couple of weeks of the campaign, it was really about getting the vote out. 

When friends were coming back from canvasses in Tallaght saying everyone was positive on the doors, when friends were flying home from Toronto and San Franciscoand Turkey, when stories of grandparents voting Yes were told, when the dozen that used to show up for a canvass turned into over a hundred, when people were registering to vote in their droves, when the queues were forming outside polling stations. 

When all of that was happening, across the country, Yes Equality volunteers looked at each other and thought, “how can we not win”? 

In the RDS on Saturday morning as the ballots poured from the boxes, the tallies began. “Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes.” 

Within minutes it became clear that Dublin was going to be overwhelmingly Yes. Dublin needed to push hard, we thought, to carry the rest of the country home. Rubbish. The rest of the country did that themselves. 

This was no divorce referendum. This was a new Ireland.

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Secrecy is not the trade deal’s biggest flaw

Secrecy is not the trade deal’s biggest flaw | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Ruth Marcus’s May 20 op-ed column on secrecy in the Pacific trade talks, “The phony trade-deal argument,” obfuscated the reasons for controversy. The Obama administration’s rules on transparency lag b...
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Brazil: Challenges of a Landless People

Brazil: Challenges of a Landless People | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

"Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST), one of the longest standing and largest social movements in Latin America, continues to be a relevant force in the lives of everyday communities and families," writes Armando Carmona, a freelance journalist and an editor at upsidedownworld.org, in this useful profile of the organization. "To be landless in Brazil is not understood simply as a social condition or an identity for the marginalized. To define one’s self as landless implies agency and a commitment to a community made up of active subjects that are working towards the construction of their own history. This category of the landless has been transformative for the everyday lives of those involved. As opposed to an individualized struggle for property ownership, the landless of Brazil see themselves as a collective subject firmly standing against multiple levels of material, ideological, and physical violence. This movement navigates a landscape of misinformation by media, displacement by military police, attacks by landowners and growing right-wing militias, in addition to the dismissive attitude of government officials," he writes. Carmona describes how "The struggle of the MST is both political, pedagogical and a challenge to western notions of private property and land ownership. They have extensive networks of educators in charge of political formation through a pedagogia de la terra or pedagogy of the land, which draws heavily from scholars and militants like the well-known philosopher Paulo Freire." He concludes, "Though their challenges remain, the MST continues to push forward in their efforts toward land reform and what they consider a transformation of civil society."

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Summer of Our Power--Jackson Kick-off!

Summer of Our Power--Jackson Kick-off! | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

This June, the Jackson People's Movement Assembly will officially launch the Climate Justice Alliance Summer of Our Power.  Moving like 3 tributaries from the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Mid-West, the Summer of Our Power will build and gather strength on the Road to Paris and beyond by connecting and uplifting the existing just transition work of the Our Power pilot sites and other member groups on the frontlines of the climate crisis.  The series of actions throughout the Summer will culminate in support for Gulf South Rising and the 10 year Anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


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Meet the Ugandan peasant grandmother who terrifies her president

Meet the Ugandan peasant grandmother who terrifies her president | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
To defend her village and seek justice for her son's murder, Keromela Anek used the most powerful weapon she owned: her naked body.
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Resistance to Prosavana in Mozambique

Resistance to Prosavana in Mozambique | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The resistance to ProSavana stems from the fact that it aims to integrate peasants in a production process which is exclusively controlled by large TNCs and multilateral financing institutions.
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