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Report: US Shops for New Drone Base in Africa

Report: US Shops for New Drone Base in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Reporting in the New York Times Monday reveals that the US government is busy in west Africa looking for a country willing to host a military base for a portion its fleet of Predator drones.essary in the future.

 
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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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#Mali: Accaparement des terres : Les victimes accentuent la pression

#Mali: Accaparement des terres : Les victimes accentuent la pression | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Les associations et Coordinations d’associations de victimes de l’accaparement des terres au Mali étaient face à la presse pour marquer leur détermination à continuer la lutte.
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#investors drool over potential returns on #landgrabs in #Africa

#investors drool over potential returns on #landgrabs in #Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
"We have a decent pipeline of anything between 200 and 400 million dollars in opportunities in Africa," says Craig Chambers, Old Mutual Investment Group’s Director of Strategic Projects.
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Agribusiness on rise in north Uganda region where rebels fought

Agribusiness on rise in north Uganda region where rebels fought | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Investors have poured tens of millions of dollars into a war torn landscape in northern Uganda now dotted with tracts of maize, rice, sunflower, sesame and commercial forests.
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Mozambican company plans to build cashew processing unit

Mozambican company plans to build cashew processing unit | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Cattle ranching company Beira Boi Limitada seeks to eventually establish a cashew plantation on 500 hectares to ensure a supply of raw material to feed a nut processing facility in Sofala Province.

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Noam Chomsky, Rogue States and Nuclear Dangers

Noam Chomsky, Rogue States and Nuclear Dangers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons for more than a generation and a verification system to promptly detect and deter possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons that will last indefinitely.”

 
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Marx & Engels papers completely available online | IISH

Marx & Engels papers completely available online | IISH | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The original papers of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, World Classics, are digitized and now online accessible.
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"The winners are eating for doing nothing": Corruption in South Africa

"The winners are eating for doing nothing": Corruption in South Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Anyone who still thinks that corruption takes place between the frontiers of the public and private space and between a 'private' actor who is assumed to be clean or a victim, and a 'public' official who is assumed to be inevitably pressing for a kickback, is a deluded liberal. Where are these individualized and sacrosanct frontiers in the power structure of South African society and polity? Please someone show me one.

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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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Sucre : le mauricien Alteo s’implante au Kenya

Sucre : le mauricien Alteo s’implante au Kenya | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Le groupe mauricien poursuit ainsi son implantation dans l'est de l'Afrique après avoir fait l'acquisition d'une sucrerie en Tanzanie en 2000.
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Le #Sénégal saura-t-il réformer son droit foncier ?

Le #Sénégal saura-t-il réformer son droit foncier ? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
La privatisation des terres au profit des industriels majoritairement étrangers a des conséquences désastreuses : expulsion des paysans réduits à la mendicité pour vivre, exclusion, création d’une classe ouvrière rurale.
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#INGOs collaborate with #multinationals on non-enforceable plan on #landgrabbing

#INGOs collaborate with #multinationals on non-enforceable plan on #landgrabbing | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Global food giants and international NGOs have drafted a framework to prevent land grabs just as hedge funds, companies and plantation owners race to acquire new territory.

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#Landgrab platform to offer rare returns data for investors

#Landgrab platform to offer rare returns data for investors | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Map Of Agriculture says it is well positioned to serve the comparative farming system benchmarking needs of farmland investors.
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Questions about what would be the second largest rubber plantation in Africa -#china

Questions about what would be the second largest rubber plantation in Africa -#china | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
China has confirmed the continuation of a $1.2 billion rubber and rice investment deal in Sierra Leone, covering 135,000 hectares, that was signed in 2012.
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The Rebirth of Black Rage

The Rebirth of Black Rage | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
There are two quotes from September 2, 2005, that have become fixtures in our cultural and political language, and each sums up the ways in which Americans with differing perspectives came to view the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. The first is from George W.
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Trade union leader Mark Serwotka banned from voting in Labour leadership election

Trade union leader Mark Serwotka banned from voting in Labour leadership election | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The leader of one of Britain’s major trade unions has been banned from voting in the Labour Party’s leadership election.
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