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Kenya: Elections Ready or Not, 1: AfricaFocus

The experience of the primary elections in late January, commented Kenya Human Rights Commission chair Makau Mutua, "made one thing crystal clear. Kenya is illprepared to conduct free and fair elections in March." The elections, he argued, should be postponed and the electoral authorities accelerate plans to manage the election and the government prepares to contain possible violence.

Such a postponement seems highly unlikely, despite warnings by Kenyan and international commentators of the risks. Ready or not, the elections are coming soon. Kenyan civil society and the international community, as well as the government and political parties, will be under intense pressure to maximize the changes of a peaceful election rather than a repeat of the 2007-2008 experience. On February 5, President Barack Obama issued his own call for peace in a youtube video addressed to Kenyans (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgmVLJXS2x4).

One ominous trend, charted by the Daily Nation (http://elections.nation.co.ke/), is that both of the two leading presidential candidates, Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta, have much higher negative than public opinion ratings.

 
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Ending Greece’s Nightmare: bankruptcy of the Troika

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.
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Excellent critique of the bankruptcy of the Troika - IMF, EU Central Bank and European Commission.

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Against the Troika: Crisis and Austerity in the Eurozone

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A VERSO INSTANT EBOOK

As Syriza comes to power in Greece, a radical anti-capitalist alternative to Eurozone austerity

With a preface by Paul Mason
Foreword by Oskar Lafontaine
Afterword by Alberto Garzón Espinosa

 
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Kobani liberated! Kurdish forces push ISIS out of town

Kobani liberated! Kurdish forces push ISIS out of town | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
After 134 days of resistance, the Kurdish forces of the YPG/YPJ have finally pushed IS out of Kobani. While the battle is won, the struggle continues.

Today, the resisting Kurds and their comrades in Kobani achieved the unimaginable: they managed to expel the fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) from the city.
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Sands of indifference bury Mbeki's Timbuktu dream

Sands of indifference bury Mbeki's Timbuktu dream | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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.
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On Not Reducing Racism to Apartheid

On Not Reducing Racism to Apartheid | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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
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The Charlie Hebdo White Power Rally in Paris

The Charlie Hebdo White Power Rally in Paris | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The “civilized” have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and
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Uganda to set record with third papal visit

Uganda to set record with third papal visit | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Pope Francis has confirmed he will visit Uganda this year. The pope announced his visit during an hour-long press conference on a flight back to the Vatican from a tour of Asia.

Via Yekoz
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So, what will he have to say about LBGTI people who are under attack?

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Who Grabbed the Lang'ata Primary School Playground? #kenya

Who Grabbed the Lang'ata Primary School Playground? #kenya | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A Digital Essay by Onyango Oloo Child abuse and molestation takes many forms. The Kenyan policemen who brutalized traumatized and terrified primary school children- some as young as six,
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Sacrificing Poverty Alleviation for Climate Financing?

Sacrificing Poverty Alleviation for Climate Financing? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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
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#Congo: Tshisekedi appelle à la mobilisation contre le "régime finissant"

#Congo: Tshisekedi appelle à la mobilisation contre le "régime finissant" | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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
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Global Blackness - Hakima Abbas

Global Blackness - Hakima Abbas | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Globally, women and queer folk are resisting and building alternatives at the intersections of patriarchy and capitalism. In the U.S, I have been dismayed by the erasure of Black cis and trans women’s lives even within the Black Lives Matter movement. Where was the mass mobilization when Tanisha Anderson was murdered by the police? Where was the mass mobilization when Deshawnda Bradley was killed? Where is the movement for the sixty four thousand Black women that are missing in the U.S? On the continent of Africa, we witness the attempt to disappear Black women and queer lives and life from the very narrative of African identity. Armed with imported religious fundamentalisms, the promise of capitalist prosperity and the necessity for diversion and division, an alliance has formed to enshrine patriarchy, heteropatriarchy and transphobia into the fabric of Africa. It’s important that we not fall into the trap of asserting that oppression and oppressive practices are a manifestation of African culture or tradition. As Amilcar Cabral reminds us, culture is dynamic and perpetually being made. Culture can be used as a tool for liberation or for the purposes of domination: the choice sits with us. Patriarchy is not my culture even if the system of patriarchy dominates the practices of those around me. I choose the traditions of freedom, respect, love and self-determination that are just as much embedded in the history and practices of my people.  Women and Queer Africans are choosing and creating an Africa outside of the bounds of patriarchy by mobilizing in Soweto for Pride, through hundreds of people taking to the streets of Nairobi in miniskirts when a woman was stripped naked for being indecently dressed and by demanding an end to violence against sex workers under the banner of Black lives matter.

 
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Another brilliant piece from Hakima!

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Mamdani: 'Charlie Hebdo cartoons are bigoted'

Mamdani: 'Charlie Hebdo cartoons are bigoted' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

We are going through a resurgence of politicized religion and politicized tradition. Think of the parties in Europe that now organize in defense of ‘Europe’ and against immigrants (really Muslims). Think of born-again Christianity and its remarkable political influence in the U.S. Think of political Zionism, both in Israel and the U.S. Think of the BJP and the myriad Sangh Sabha organisations in India who want a Hindu state as the surest guarantee for the defense of Hindu tradition. And think of radical Islamist groups that want an ‘Islamic state’ as a guarantee of a return to Islam. 

My point is that we are seeing a resurgence of movements around the world that speak the language of nativism, tradition and religion. Not all of them are reactionary. We should be careful not judge the contents largely by the packaging. In my view, the debate inside tradition and religion is as important the debate between secular and religious traditions.

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How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980?

Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday, announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria—the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one could say that seeking congressional authorization for a war that commenced months ago is at least better than fighting a war even after Congress explicitly rejected its authorization, as Obama lawlessly did in the now-collapsed country of Libya.

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Carbon Colonialism: How Fight Against Climate Change Displaces Africans

Carbon Colonialism: How Fight Against Climate Change Displaces Africans | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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.
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Will the Greek Elections Strengthen the Hands of the Global South?

Will the Greek Elections Strengthen the Hands of the Global South? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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
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nous sommes #Syriza

nous sommes #Syriza | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Greek voters reject EU austerity for radical alternative of far-left party, which falls just short of an overall majority
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#Greece: "The bailout is over. Blackmail is over. Subservience is over."

#Greece: "The bailout is over. Blackmail is over. Subservience is over." | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
"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.
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GRAIN — Land and seed laws under attack: who is pushing changes in Africa?

GRAIN — Land and seed laws under attack: who is pushing changes in Africa? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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.
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Grand Theft Global - Natural Resource Pillage in #DRC

Grand Theft Global - Natural Resource Pillage in #DRC | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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 :
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Explosive Rates of Mass Incarceration Called Major 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Time'

Explosive Rates of Mass Incarceration Called Major 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Time' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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."
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eco~Instigator Issue #6 | Health of Mother Earth Foundation

eco~Instigator Issue #6 | Health of Mother Earth Foundation | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

In this Issue:

Towards attaining “Transformation” through Activism

Modern Foods: Taking a Second Look at GMO Food Policies in Nigeria

The Food We Want – Report from HS04

Any hope for Ogoniland on the Horizon?

- See more at: http://www.homef.org/publication/ecoinstigator-issue-6#sthash.nwijh0hi.dpuf

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INSIGHT: What centre holds for these prevailing African scholars?

INSIGHT: What centre holds for these prevailing African scholars? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
>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.
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SMS and Internet access cut in #DRC

SMS and Internet access cut in #DRC | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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.

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'Free Speech' and Islamophobia: A Reading List

'Free Speech' and Islamophobia: A Reading List | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The January 7th massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris has sparked an outburst of critical conversation across social and other media concerning freedom of expression, the politically charged proliferation of the ‘je suis Charlie’ slogan, and the consequential upsurge of anti-Muslim sentiment. On the London Review of Books blog, Adam Shatz considers the implications of the populist Charlie slogan as a “declaration of allegiance” that counterpoises itself against those “on the other sid
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The Roots of Conflict: From Settler-Colonialism to Military Occupation in the Western Sahara (Part 1)

The Roots of Conflict: From Settler-Colonialism to Military Occupation in the Western Sahara (Part 1) | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In order to understand the impact of the settler-colonial project in the Western Sahara it is necessary to understand how it came about, how it was justified, and the amount of Moroccan settlers that migrated from Morocco-proper. The Occupied Territories of the Western Sahara were formerly part of a Spanish colony. In 1884 Spain obtained a protectorate over the territory and assumed full military and administrative control.[4] After the passing of a United Nations General Assembly declaration granting colonial countries independence in 1960, Spain relinquished official colonial rule over the Western Sahara and accepted responsibility for preparing a referendum for the formerly colonized inhabitants. The purpose of the referendum was to provide Sahrawis the opportunity to decide the fate of their territory, including the options of self-determination and independence.
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