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Guerrilla surveillance camera destruction hits the U.S.

Guerrilla surveillance camera destruction hits the U.S. | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
It started in Germany with masked anarchists dismantling CCTV cameras, now Camover is a global game VIDEO
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Brazil's 'Quilombo' Movement May Be The World's Largest Slavery Reparations Program

Brazil's 'Quilombo' Movement May Be The World's Largest Slavery Reparations Program | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
This article is the first in a two-part series about Brazil's quilombo movement.

Luiz Pinto, who has been fighting eviction for decades, at home with his dog. (Carolina Ramirez/The Huffington Post)



When Luiz Pinto was growing up, his parent...
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Biometric Smart ID Cards: Dumb Idea

Biometric Smart ID Cards: Dumb Idea | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Why have biometric databases not become as controversial an issue here in South Africa as they are elsewhere? In the UK, a campaign against state control of personal identity called No2ID successfully opposed the governments attempt to introduce biometric ID cards. Germany has forbidden centralisation of population information. However, countries in the South have jumped on the biometric bandwagon, including South Africa, in spite of the many red flags about the technology. Interpol, the World Bank and private security multinationals have worked tirelessly to promote biometrics in the South to manage what they perceive to be problem populations and to keep them out of an increasingly fortified North.
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Revitalising Agriculture: Healing the Land, Feeding our Nation

Revitalising Agriculture: Healing the Land, Feeding our Nation | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
President Zumas recent State of the Nation Address explicitly recognised the importance of agriculture to the nation, both from the perspective of employment creation as well as from its essential role in providing food security. Yet, since coming into office, his new government has been unable to make any sense of the competing agendas behind agricultural reform and production. Recent proposals to allocate shareholding to farmworkers appear to be little more than a side-show. These kinds of proposals are incapable of tackling, let alone resolving the underlying land reform and restitution tensions.
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iTWire - Opposition grows to TPP restrictions

iTWire - Opposition grows to TPP restrictions | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A strong coalition has emerged against the Trans Pacific Partnership, the agreement being hammered out in secret that will restrict online intellectua...
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US Confirms Years-Long "Secret" Military Presence in Somalia

US Confirms Years-Long "Secret" Military Presence in Somalia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

U.S. "unnamed officials" confirmed to Reuters on Thursday that over a hundred military troops have been operating covertly in Somalia since 2007.

The mission, according to the government's narrative, is to help Somalia fend off attacks from the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group al Shabab, which has been fighting the country's UN-backed government for years.

The confirmation, however, was received skeptically by some who have monitored U.S. military operations in Somalia in recent years. As independent journalist Marcy Wheeler tweeted in response to the reporting:

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International protest call out! Vedanta AGM, Friday 1st August | Foil Vedanta

International protest call out! Vedanta AGM, Friday 1st August | Foil Vedanta | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
We will bring the defiant energy of communities fighting (and winning) against Vedanta around the world to London: from the miners associations, to the polluted people of Zambia, and the Dongria Kond tribe.  Parallel demonstrations are already planned in Zambia, Odisha and Delhi in India on this international day of action. Please contact us on foilvedanta@riseup.net if you would like to plan a demonstration at any Vedanta affected community, or in solidarity ANYWHERE! 
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The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich. By Ndongo Samba Sylla

The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich. By Ndongo Samba Sylla | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich. By Ndongo Samba Sylla. Translated by David Clement Leye. Ohio University Press; 208 pages; $32.95....

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This book is essential reading to understand the limitations and hype surrounding so-called 'fair' trade.

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Responds to Israeli General Consul Regarding Operation Brother’s Keeper On Al Jazeera America

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Responds to Israeli General Consul Regarding Operation Brother’s Keeper On Al Jazeera America | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
On June 12, 2014, three Israeli settler boys were kidnapped on a hike near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Although a police recording indicated that one of the boys had been immediately killed, Israel set off a national search for the ...
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Swaziland sugar strikes spread as South African sugar giant Illovo refuses to settle

Swaziland sugar strikes spread as South African sugar giant Illovo refuses to settle | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Please support this IUF urgent action campaign and spread the word.
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Japanese civil society statement on ProSAVANA

Japanese civil society statement on ProSAVANA | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
We, civil society organizations in Japan, call on the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for the immediate suspension and fundamental review of the ProSAVANA program.
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A Ride to Nowhere: struggle by Marikana shack settlement in Philippi, Cape Town SA

A Ride to Nowhere: struggle by Marikana shack settlement in Philippi, Cape Town SA | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Latest article on the Marikana Land Occupation and the legal issues surounding it. I think its important becuase it connects their situation with that of many other shackdwellers throughout South Africa.

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National Oil to start 3D seismic in Kenya's Block 14T

National Oil to start 3D seismic in Kenya's Block 14T | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
National Oil Corporation the operator of Block 14T will start the acquisition of 100 square kilometers in the northern basin after the integration of data acquired in a 20,000 line km of Full Tenso...

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“We want our freedom!” Refugees resist in Berlin | ROAR Magazine

“We want our freedom!” Refugees resist in Berlin | ROAR Magazine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The resistance of a group of refugees against the eviction of an occupied school building in Berlin is exemplary of migrants’ struggles across Europe.
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A Poorly Conceptualised Plan: Governments Proposal to Transfer 50% of Commercial Farm Land to Farm Workers

A Poorly Conceptualised Plan: Governments Proposal to Transfer 50% of Commercial Farm Land to Farm Workers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Just before the 2014 national elections, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform announced a plan to redistribute 50% of commercial farm land to farm workers as part of ongoing efforts to redress historical imbalances in the country. The objectives of the plan are laudable: to deracialise the rural economy; to democratise the allocation and use of land by race, gender and class; and (less clearly) to support "production discipline" for food security and food sovereignty. Unfortunately, the plan is poorly conceptualised and appears to be a kneejerk response to pressure from the Economic Freedom Fighters. It has little chance of success.
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On Strikes and Violence in South Africa

On Strikes and Violence in South Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In the absence of strong trade union support and with current arrangements not addressing the huge gaps between their salaries and those of their CEOs, todays workers view violence as an option. Given that the game is rigged against them, one ought to understand why a high percentage of shop stewards believe that non-striking workers should be "engaged with politically". While the violence accompanying strikes may be difficult to support, perhaps understanding it beyond the obvious anger faced by poverty-stricken workers will help to resolve strikes faster and close the wealth divide that is tearing this country apart.
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Gaza Debate: As Palestinian Deaths Top 100, Who’s to Blame for Escalating Violence? What Can Be Done?

Gaza Debate: As Palestinian Deaths Top 100, Who’s to Blame for Escalating Violence? What Can Be Done? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The death toll in the Gaza Strip continues to rise in the fourth day of Israel’s aerial offensive. Medical officials in Gaza estimate that at least 22 people were killed Thursday, bringing the number of Palestinian fatalities to 101, about half of them reportedly women and children. No deaths have been reported on the Israeli side. The Israeli military says it has dropped hundreds of tonnes of bombs on 1,000 targets throughout Gaza, more than during its eight-day assault in late 2012. The intensification of Israeli airstrikes has been met with a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. We host a debate between Palestinian human rights attorney Noura Erakat and Joshua Hantman, senior adviser to Israel’s ambassador to the United States. "Israel is currently under attack," Hantman says. "Since 2005, over 8,000 rockets, missiles and mortars have been indiscriminately fired at our civilians." But Erakat says Israel’s bombardment of Gaza "amounts to a massacre." "Israel has precise weaponry and is targeting homes," she says. "This is a disproportionate attack, by what we consider the only democracy in the Middle East, by the U.S.’s most unique ally, to whom we provide $3.1 billion a year."
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Why Won't the #WhiteSaviourComplex Go Away? | Think Africa Press

Why Won't the #WhiteSaviourComplex Go Away? | Think Africa Press | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The development industry, which previously consisted of agencies and governments giving and spending aid, is now joined by a new generation − one whose personal goals involve influencing the lives of people about whom they may know almost nothing, and one that can influence a vast array of political, news, entertainment and social sites and media. Today's white saviour complex thus inherits the problems of traditional forms of development and aid but in combination with extremely powerful technologies and social media that usher in a whole new universe of inequality and dispossession.

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Picture This - A Portrait of 25 Years of BP Sponsorship

Picture This - A Portrait of 25 Years of BP Sponsorship | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Download the report, or browse online below. How bad does a company have to be before an arts organisation refuses to be associated with it or take its money? How much outcry does a sponsor's prima...
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Stop Erasing Women from Tech History — The Message — Medium

Stop Erasing Women from Tech History — The Message — Medium | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Whitney Wolfe and the invisible women in tech
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Argentina's 'vulture fund' crisis threatens profound consequences for international financial system

he United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on 16 June 2014 declining to hear Argentina's appeal against a lower New York court decision that had ordered it to pay suing hedge funds $1.33 billion, which is principal plus interest for holdout bonds. This was followed shortly by another decision by the Supreme Court to order the relevant financial institutions of the United States of America to turn over information to these hedge funds about assets that Argentina holds worldwide, including accounts held by entities of the Government of Argentina and by individual officials1.

These two rulings targeted at Argentina's 2005 and 2010 debt swaps, in the wake of its catastrophic 2001-2002 default on $100 billion bonds governed by New York law, resonate well beyond the borders of Argentina and the United States. The rulings are a resounding victory for the specific hedge funds that have held out on Argentine debt swaps. They also open the door for other "vulture" funds and holdout investors to come forward to request full payment on Argentine bonds, estimated at around $15 billion. If Argentina pays the holdout bond holders, it must extend full payment to the bond holders that accepted the 2005 or 2010 debt swaps, due to a "Rights upon Future Offers" clause in its law. This would amount to an estimated cost of over US$120 billion2. In fact, the rulings could open floodgates to other similar cases depending on interpretations given by courts under New York law, British law or other laws. Copycats will abound.

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Reporting Egypt: From Passion to Purpose

Reporting Egypt: From Passion to Purpose | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Throughout the last year, my main challenge as a journalist has been to get myself to take the news seriously. But at times, when the absurdities became too tragic to laugh at, the bigger challenge was to deal with injustice on a daily basis, ...
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Accaparement de terres - Le cas Senhuile-Senéthanol

Accaparement de terres - Le cas Senhuile-Senéthanol | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
SOS Faim est parti au Sénégal pour aller à la rencontre de ceux qui aujourd’hui tentent de résister au projet, notamment au travers de l’action du CNCR, organisation paysanne partenaire de SOS Faim au Sénégal.
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S'Africans to invest $200m in Edo, Enugu, Benue States

S'Africans to invest $200m in Edo, Enugu, Benue States | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A group of South African investors have indicated interest to plough $200 million in the agriculture sector and acquire an initial 5,000 ha in Nigeria's Edo, Enugu and Benue states.
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Namibias Gender Zebra

Namibias Gender Zebra | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A quiet gender revolution, the like of which has been unseen in Southern Africa, is now firmly underway in Namibia. The ruling party, SWAPO, has not only committed to filling half of its seats in parliament with women, but also committed to what they call a Zebra system whereby if a Minister is a woman then the Deputy Minister will be a man and vice versa. But Namibias gender revolution is not entirely driven by a selfless commitment to gender equality. With women in the current political elite living longer and spouses of male politicians tending to be younger, the move to gender equality could be about maintaining the current political constellation.
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The searing hypocrisy of the West

The searing hypocrisy of the West | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The bodies of three Israeli settlers who went missing on June 12th were found in a hastily dug shallow grave in Halhul, north of Hebron.
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