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Major break through for complaints on economic, social and cultural rights - UNCHR

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday applauded the upcoming entry into force of a key Protocol to an international treaty which will, for the first time, enable individual complaints on economic, social and cultural rights, thereby helping place all human rights on an equal footing.

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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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Sierra Leone : Judicial harassment of land rights defenders

Sierra Leone : Judicial harassment of land rights defenders | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment against several members of the Malen Land Owners and Users Association (MALOA) via two criminal cases, including Mr. Shiaka Sama, MALOA Spokesperson and nine of his colleagues, Messrs. Sima Mattia, MALOA’s secretary, James Blango, Lahai Sellu, Musa Sellu, Foday Musa and Sylvester Kebbie. MALOA members. For the past three years, MALOA has been monitoring and denouncing the negative human rights impact (...
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Vatican Announces Major Summit On Climate Change

Vatican Announces Major Summit On Climate Change | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“[The conference hopes to] help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.”
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Will the ANC Government Ever Prosecute South Africans Serving in the Israeli Defence force?

Will the ANC Government Ever Prosecute South Africans Serving in the Israeli Defence force? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
When South African security services prevented a Cape Town girl from boarding a plane allegedly to join ISIS, many South Africans were pleased but at the same time surprised at how swift the reaction of our security services were. How come the same reaction is not applied to South African Zionist Jews serving in the Israeli Defence Force? The swift action of the South African security services was carried out in terms of the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act. This act states that it
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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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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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Ethiopians talk of violent intimidation as their land is earmarked for foreign investors

Ethiopians talk of violent intimidation as their land is earmarked for foreign investors | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
New report gives damning indictment of the government’s mandatory resettlement policy carried out in a political climate of torture, oppression and silencing.
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Burkina Faso agrees to amputation of mineral resources by Canadians

Burkina Faso agrees to amputation of mineral resources by Canadians | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Agreement will protect Canadian business and provide new opportunities for them to invest and grow
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You'd think that Blaise Campaoré was still in charge. This is a sorry day. Thomas Sankara must be turning in his grave.

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Watch: Eduardo Galeano in Conversation with Arundhati Roy

Watch: Eduardo Galeano in Conversation with Arundhati Roy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In 2006, two of the world’s most celebrated writers, Eduardo Galeano and Arundhati Roy, shared the stage of Town Hall in New York City for a historic evening of readings and dialogue.
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