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Study: Israel ranks among world's most harmful land-grabbers

Study: Israel ranks among world's most harmful land-grabbers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Wealthy countries, and private companies from those countries, have been increasingly buying up land in poor areas for their own economic purposes, a new study says. And Israel turns out to be one of the leading land grabbers.
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Pledge to help those affected by xenophobia

Pledge to help those affected by xenophobia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
No one wants to have to leave their home, but many of our brothers and sisters have had to flee war, violence and poverty for a better life in South Africa, as many of our own people fled to other nations during apartheid. Pledge to support organisations by donating food, clothes, toiletries and money to these local organisations.
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Leaked investment chapter exposes corporate power grab at the core of Trans-Pacific 'trade' negotiations

Leaked investment chapter exposes corporate power grab at the core of Trans-Pacific 'trade' negotiations | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The leaked investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - the mega-trade and investment deal currently being negotiated in secret between the United States and eleven Pacific Rim countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) - fully confirms the views of the IUF and the many other critics of this and similar agreements. It is a corporate power grab seeking to expand the reach and the enforcement muscle of transnational investors, deliberately and misleadingly packaged as a 'trade agreement'.

The investment chapter, published by WikiLeaks https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/TPP-Investment-Chapter-Analysis/pag... March 25 together with a detailed analysis by Public Citizen, expands the capacity of corporate investors to enforce claims through closed tribunals which can directly challenge laws, regulations and decisions of courts and government licensing and patent authorities of signatory countries at national and sub-national level.

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Commissions of Inquiry or Omission?

Commissions of Inquiry or Omission? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Amongst its many other attributes, South Africa could arguably be called the Commission capital of the world. In the last 14 years alone there have been no less than 10 national-level, high profile Commissions of Inquiry - five of which have yet to run their course. What is a great deal in doubt though is whether all these Commissions have achieved anything other than to soak up large amounts of public monies whilst controlling and manipulating public opinion and simultaneously avoiding politica
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Revolt rocks Burkina Faso mines after president flees - Mineweb

Revolt rocks Burkina Faso mines after president flees - Mineweb | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Attacks on the mines mirror public resentment against president Blaise Compaore who fled the country in October.
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8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline

8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
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We Say the Land is Not Yours: Breaking the Silence Against Forced Displacement in Ethiopia

We Say the Land is Not Yours: Breaking the Silence Against Forced Displacement in Ethiopia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Read the Press ReleaseOver the past six years, the Oakland Institute has been at the forefront of exposing the social, economic, and environmental impacts of foreign land grabs in Ethiopia. This work
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Thousands dead, few prosecuted: US justice

Thousands dead, few prosecuted: US justice | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

54 police officers have faced criminal charges for fatally shooting someone while on duty in the past decade. Of the resolved cases, most officers were cleared or acquitted, a Post analysis found.

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Eduardo Galeano, leading voice of Latin American left, dies aged 74

Eduardo Galeano, leading voice of Latin American left, dies aged 74 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Best known for his 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America, the Uruguayan writer and journalist was one of the region’s noted anti-capitalist voices
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Hamba Khale, Eduardo.

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The Police Are America's Terrorists

The Police Are America's Terrorists | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Last Saturday, Walter Scott was driving his Mercedes in North Charleston, S.C., when he was pulled over by police officer Michael Slager for driving with a broken taillight. Scott had a complicated life, as many of us do. He was employed and engaged; he owed back child support; in all likelihood he really didn’t want to go to jail. When Slager approached, Scott ran.
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It is scary. Police officers have a lot of power and some of them abuse it believing they can't be touched. There has to be tighter accountability. Technology isn't working in favor of the bad cops at least. Cameras are their enemy.

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The Political Significance of South Africas Protests

The Political Significance of South Africas Protests | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
How significant are the recent wave of protests that have engulfed South Africa over the past decade? Are they another means of pressurising the ANC into delivering better services or do they represent a new form of anti-systemic politics that promises to transform society? Scholars are divided on the issue. One view holds that protests constitute a challenge to the state and neoliberalism giving the protests more significance, as forces for transformation. Another holds that protests are merely
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Racism Down Under: Reclaiming Whiteness

Racism Down Under: Reclaiming Whiteness | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A 51-year-old white Australian woman, who subjected a black African family to racial abuse and threatened them with a crowbar, has been charged with assault and racial harassment. The woman claims she was tired of feeling like a minority in her own country. Multicultural policies that replaced the White Australia policy of the 1970s have cultivated feelings of resentment amongst some white Australians. Blacks moving into predominantly white neighbourhoods are subjected to varying responses from
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Le Niger veut se doter d’un projet de loi contre l’accaparement des terres d’ici trois mois

Le Niger veut se doter d’un projet de loi contre l’accaparement des terres d’ici trois mois | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Le gouvernement nigérien vient d’annoncer la création d’un comité qui se penchera sur la question de l’accaparement des terres arables.
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Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles

Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defence of the rights to land and water met at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015 to continue their dialogue with movements and organizations from all over the world in order to broaden this convergence
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US Military Buildup in Africa Is Lightning Fast -- and It's Going to Be There for Decades

US Military Buildup in Africa Is Lightning Fast -- and It's Going to Be There for Decades | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Military missions reach record levels after U.S. inks deal to remain in Africa for decades.
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Madagascar : Entre 200.000 et 350.000 personnes touchées par la famine dans le Grand Sud

Madagascar : Entre 200.000 et 350.000 personnes touchées par la famine dans le Grand Sud | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Selon une étude des responsables du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), avec la grave sècheresse qui frappe actuellement le Sud de Madagascar, près de 47% de la population locale ne mange plus qu'un seul repas par jour. Au début de l'année, ce chiffre n'était que de 13%. Les régions les plus...
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Barrick exec with Tory ties appointed to IDRC board

Barrick exec with Tory ties appointed to IDRC board | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The government has appointed a mining industry executive who is a former Conservative minister’s staffer to the board of a Crown corporation that works on international development research.
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Anger over Rhodes vindicates Mamdani

Anger over Rhodes vindicates Mamdani | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani launched a debate on postapartheid learning institutions that exposed many white scholars’ ignorance, writes Nomalanga Mkhize
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The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller

The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Here’s what they don’t teach: When the blind-deaf visionary learned that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off down a pacifist, socialist path that broke the boundaries of her time—and continues to challenge ours today.
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The Suffering of Others: The human cost of the International Finance Corporation’s lending through financial intermediaries

The Suffering of Others: The human cost of the International Finance Corporation’s lending through financial intermediaries | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Increasingly, development money is being channelled through third parties such as banks or private equity funds. The world’s leading proponent of this financing model, the International Finance Corporation, spent $36bn this way in just the four years leading
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These Apps Are Helping People Document Police Abuse

These Apps Are Helping People Document Police Abuse | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
It's hard to imagine a more clear example of the power of recording on-duty police officers than the video that led to the arrest and charging of North Charleston, South Carolina, police Officer Michael Slager on Tuesday.

Were it not for the foota...
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It's sad that police abuse apps have to even be a thing but it's a sign of the times and another case of advancements in technology proving more useful for citizens than bad cops.

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CADTM - IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of Greece loans

CADTM - IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of Greece loans | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The IMF has been charging an effective interest rate of 3.6% on its loans to Greece. This is far more than the interest rate the institution needs to meet all its costs, currently around 0.9%. If this was the actual interest rate Greece had been paying the IMF since 2010, it would have spent €2.5 billion less on payments.

Out of its lending to all countries in debt crisis between 2010 and 2014 the IMF has made a total profit of €8.4 billion, over a quarter of which is effectively from Greece. All of this money has been added to the Fund’s reserves, which now total €19 billion. These reserves would be used to meet the costs from a country defaulting on repayments. Greece’s total debt to the IMF is currently €24 billion.

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200 girls and women raped: now 11 of them win better compensation from the world's biggest gold miner

200 girls and women raped: now 11 of them win better compensation from the world's biggest gold miner | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Out-of-court settlement prevents human rights group EarthRights International filing a lawsuit against Barrick Gold in the United States.

Eleven women and girls who were raped, gang-raped or violently molested in the Papua New Guinea Highlands have reached an out-of-court settlement with the world's biggest gold miner, having refused to accept the "insulting" compensation paid to 120 fellow victims of the company's security guards.

"It would be like accepting lollies as compensation," one of the 11 told Fairfax Media. Identified only as Jane Doe 10, she was 14 when she and two teenage friends were raped in 2010 at the Porgera mine, owned by the Barrick Gold Corporation.

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A rogue reporter takes on the masters of the universe

A rogue reporter takes on the masters of the universe | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The media would have you believe that it’s simply an accident that 85 people now own more than half the world’s wealth. It’s time to blow their cover.
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#Zimbabwe: Amatheon Agri expands grain production

#Zimbabwe: Amatheon Agri expands grain production | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Amatheon Agri, a Berlin based agribusiness and farming company, is set to embark on a countrywide expansion of grain production in Zimbabawe after a successful pilot maize farming project
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