A new map showing illicit financial flows would still face the corruption data challenge of complete accuracy, but it would go a long way in helping bring the discourse on illicit financial flows to the public and it would break the mentality that ‘we’ (in the West) are clean and ‘they’ (in the rest) are corrupt. Instead, it would show the shared challenge of combating corruption and allow deeper analysis into the factors facilitating specific illicit financial flows.
Carbon trading—one of the biggest weapons touted by governments and business in the global fight against climate change—could end up killing the planet. In Africa, human rights campaigners say, it is already killing people.
Since the launch of a World Bank sponsored conservation programme in west Kenya eights years ago, the Bank-funded Kenya Forest Service (FKS) has conducted a relentless scorched earth campaign to evict the 15,000 strong indigenous Sengwer community from their ancestral homes in the Embobut forest and the Cherangany Hills. The pretext? The Sengwer are ‘squatters’ accelerating the degradation of the forest.
This week Greece elected into power left-wing political party, Syriza, headed by Alexis Tsipras who led the party to victory on an anti-austerity ticket, thus raising the spectre of the country defaulting on its loan. Greece has suffered under EU/ECB/IMF troika induced austerity policies for five years. With this election, the people of Greece are saying that unless the troika gets out of micro-managing their country, they will not repay the monies loaned. If this happens, it could be an importa
"History is knocking at our door," declared Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftwing coalition party of Syriza in Greece, during a speech addressed to thousands of supporters in Athens on Thursday night as he stood next to his foreign compatriot Pablo Iglesias of the Spanish Podemos Party.
A battle is raging for control of resources in Africa – land, water, seeds, minerals, ores, forests, oil, renewable energy sources. Agriculture is one of the most important theatres of this battle. Governments, corporations, foundations and development agencies are pushing hard to commercialise and industrialise African farming.
Many of the key players are well known.1 They are committed to helping agribusiness become the continent's primary food commodity producer. To do this, they are not only pouring money into projects to transform farming operations on the ground − they are also changing African laws to accommodate the agribusiness agenda.
From the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to Al-Shabaab, many of the world’s most infamous and destabilizing armed actors today finance their activities in part through the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources. Theft in the context of armed conflict constitutes the war crime of pillage, which is punishable in most domestic jurisdictions and at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Depuis l'État islamique d'Irak et du Levant (ISIL :
The disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color in the United States, particularly of black men, is no accident, finds a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. It stems from deep racism in U.S. society—enacted through public policy, policing, a dual court system, media representations, and more—and constitutes "one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time."
>I didn’t expect Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire’s Open Letter to Contemporary African Intellectuals to go viral. I thought it would simply be dismissed as a recycling of exhausted critiques and criticisms. Yet I shared it online enthusiastically.
RDC: les opérateurs téléphoniques confirment avoir reçu des instructions des autorités pour couper l'accès aux SMS et à Internet
Une mesure entrée en vigueur lundi soir à minuit et qui concerne les six opérateurs du pays pour l'ensemble de leurs clients et pour une durée indéterminée. Aucune raison officielle n'a été donnée par les autorités. En tout cas, la loi autorise l'Etat à couper l'accès pour raison de sécurité. Cette décision intervient au lendemain d'une journée de manifestations contre le projet de loi électorale et les violences entre manifestants et forces de l'ordre qui ont fait 4 morts selon le gouvernement, 13 selon l'opposition et même 14 d'après la FIDH.
The theme for World Wetlands Day 2015 is 'Wetlands for Our Future'. The theme resonates with the objectives of groups and individuals who have been on the forefront in pushing for conservation of Kibagare Wetland.
Members shall be gathering at 10am at the junction of Lower Kabete road and Peponi road at 10am on February 2nd.
The National Working Committee of the United Front is outraged by the recent outbreak of violence in Soweto and elsewhere, especially against other Africans. We must act now before it spreads further! These explosions of xenophobia are not knew and will overwhelm us if we do not act decisively. We extend our condolences to those families and communities …
To understand the political earthquake in Greece, it helps to look at Greece’s May 2010 “standby arrangement” with the International Monetary Fund, under which the so-called troika — the I.M.F., the European Central Bank and the European Commission — extended loans to the country in return for a combination of austerity and reform. It’s a remarkable document, in the worst way. The troika, while pretending to be hardheaded and realistic, was peddling an economic fantasy. And the Greek people have been paying the price for those elite delusions.
Firoze Manji's insight:
Excellent critique of the bankruptcy of the Troika - IMF, EU Central Bank and European Commission.
South Africa is about to close its Timbuktu trust fund - formally ending an era that began more than a decade ago with a trip by two presidents to the hot and dusty streets of the legendary Malian desert city.
Many white South Africans seem to assume that the end of apartheid, imagined as a temporary anomaly consequent to a backward form of Afrikaner nationalism, has meant the end of racism. This is often taken to mean that white South Africans are now able to rejoin a community of international whiteness. This space is often imagined, in an enduring colonial trope, as a space of enlightenment that offers a unique and precious gift to the world. When white South Africans see themselves as having a spe
The Paris based think tank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported late last year that donor spending on climate change rose four fold since 2007 to over R400 billion in 2013. The vast majority of this climate change money is spent on mitigation rather than adaptation thus not being directed at helping poor people adapt to climate change. Donors are now spending more than a quarter of what they commit to poverty alleviation on climate change and this money is c
De quatre à quatorze personnes ont perdu la vie lundi dans des affrontements à Kinshasa entre forces de l'ordre et jeunes manifestants anti-Kabila, d'après radio Okapi. Internet et les réseaux mobiles ont été coupés par les autorités de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Une "chasse à l'homme" à la recherche des opposants serait en cours. Certaines sources non confirmées parlent de 20 morts en deux jours. Plusieurs opposants ont été arrêtés. La Belgique exprime sa préoccupation et appell