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farmlandgrab.org | Agriterra grows in cocoa with Sierra Leone deal

farmlandgrab.org | Agriterra grows in cocoa with Sierra Leone deal | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Agriterra revealed headway in its long-held desire to expand into cocoa production, acquiring 1,750 hectares of plantations, and forecasting further purchases with a windfall from a sale of oil interests.
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#ghana: On the Occasion of Our Dependence ...and The People Shall Arise From Their Slumber

A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom. Amiri Baraka said so. I concur. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, on March 6 1957, through the red of his teary eyes, above the ecstatic screams and buoyant cheers of folks relishing the feeling of “Massa nor dey, we go play and play hard”; folks he was about to re-name Ghanaians (did that mean we were once called Gold-Coastians?), folks majority of whom were unlettered, gave a memorable oration that ended with the mighty yell “Ghana is free forever!” At that very moment, Queen Elizabeth sniggered in far-away Britain, and Asaase Yaa died of embarrassment. 
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​1,000-strong Syrian rebel brigade defects to Islamic State - report

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An entire 1,000-strong rebel brigade based in Syria’s Idlib province has reportedly defected to the Islamic State group, raising new questions as to whether other factions will rally behind the militant force that has swept through Iraq’s west.

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Assata Shakur: from civil rights activist to FBI's most-wanted

Assata Shakur: from civil rights activist to FBI's most-wanted | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Bim Adewunmi: A leading figure in the 70s Black Liberation Army, Shakur was given life for murder in 1977. Two years later, she escaped and has been on the run since. Is she still such a threat to US security that she warrants a $2m reward for her capture?
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When Wall Street Went to Africa

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                                             INVESTIGATION
                                  Foreign Policy, July 11, 2014
                       WHEN WALL STREET WENT TO AFRICA
A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/11/bruce_wrobel_cameroon_palm_oil_herakles_greenpeace_logging

 

 

 ▶ WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORPORATE PALM OIL -- IN ONE SHORT VIDEO -- DEFORESTATION, ECOCIDE http://sco.lt/6ni33R

 

 ▶ MAJOR PALM OIL COMPANIES ACCUSED OF ECOCIDE, BREAKING ETHICAL PROMISES IN ASIA AND AFRICA http://sco.lt/7DsLLd

 

Guardian, May 28, 2014
  ▶CORPORATE STRANGLEHOLD OF FARMLAND A RISK TO WORLD FOOD SECURITY, STUDY SAYS. Small farmers are being squeezed out as mega-farms and plantations gobble up their land http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/28/farmland-food-security-small-farmers

 

 Action Aid Report, May 23, 2014
  ▶ GLOBAL POLICIES ENCOURAGE LAND GRABBING AND WORSEN HUNGER AND POVERTY. “Allowing land to become vehicles for wealthy corporations and individuals to become richer while pushing vulnerable rural people into poverty and hunger is unjust, unwise and unethical,” it said in the report.  http://www.trust.org/item/20140523061928-bn12w/

 

 Modern Farmer, February 24, 2014
  -▶ WALL STREET QUIETLY GOBBLING UP AMERICA'S FARM LAND http://modernfarmer.com/2014/02/wall-street-quietly-gobbling-americas-farm-land/

 

                                                  -- WATCH --

                                                 Documentary:

                                    May 3, 2011 FarmlandGrab
- ▶ "PLANET FOR SALE" BIG AG BUYING UP WORLD'S FERTILE LAND http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/18542

 

 ▶ WALL STREET, CORPORATIONS BUYING UP AMERICAN & FOREIGN FARMLAND, THREATENING FUTURE OF U.S. AND WORLD AGRICULTURE http://sco.lt/8mcmbR

 

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FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DESTROYING ECOSYSTEMS, INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS, NULLIFYING LAND RIGHTS, CREATING A CULTURE OF DEPENDENCY http://sco.lt/4l725B

 

▶ LAND GRABS:  HOW FOREIGN  "INVESTMENTS" ARE REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH, LAND AND WATER ACROSS THE GLOBE http://sco.lt/5YJpKb

 

 

                                   THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM.

DESTRUCTION OF PLANETARY LIFE IN THE NAME OF "GROWTH"

                                                http://sco.lt/696Tlx

 

                   FINANCIALIZING NATURE COULD BANKRUPT US ALL. 

                            OLD ECONOMICS OR SUSTAINING POLICY?

                                                   sco.lt/8fNIET

 

 ▶ WORLD BANK AND UN CARBON OFFSET SCHEME 'COMPLICIT' IN GENOCIDAL LAND GRABS  http://sco.lt/5IxW2j

 

-▶ SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/72Hsf3

 

 ▶ BIOFUELS LAND RUSH. WHY POVERTY? THE UGLY RISE OF MONOCULTURE FARMING AND GLOBALIZED FOOD http://sco.lt/5z3gzB

 

                                            ENOUGHNESS: 

               WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY

                                       http://sco.lt/4kcNH7

 

                              AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

                                       The Natural Eye Project

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

                        THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US. 

                                       CAN HUMANS SURVIVE?

                                          http://sco.lt/630INt

 

                                                   WATCH

                                                   "HOME"

                                       Yann Arthus-Bertrand

                An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

                             Solutions For A Sustainable Planet

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 


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Is There Room for South Africas Middle Class in Numsas United Front and Movement for Socialism?

Is There Room for South Africas Middle Class in Numsas United Front and Movement for Socialism? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In an extensive interview, Numsas general secretary, Irvin Jim talks to Fazila Farouk of SACSIS about NUMSAs current strike, alliance politics as well as its United Front and Movement for Socialism. In response to a question about building greater solidarity between the middle class and the poor, Jim argues that Numsas movement for socialism is not only for people who are "red". He says that the middle class has a right to live the kind of life that it chooses, but that it also has a responsibility to make a contribution towards advancing "humanity".
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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

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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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DRIP - Legislating the Indefensible | ThoughtWorks

DRIP - Legislating the Indefensible | ThoughtWorks | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

A global software company focused on software design and delivery. We provide professional services and products and leading thought on Agile and Continuous Delivery.

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Gaza & the Long History of Liberal Brutality

Gaza & the Long History of Liberal Brutality | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
As the Israeli state rains its murder on the people of Gaza we are confronted with a stark demonstration of the ways in which there is, in so many quarters, official sanction for according radically different values to human lives. Some of us are taken as sacrosanct, others as disposable. It has often been suggested that in the case of Israel and Palestine the inequality in the value ascribed to human life can be rendered as a mathematical ratio. In this calculus there is no such thing as a life for a life, or a prisoner for a prisoner, or a set amount invested in the education of each child.
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All of Gaza burns: Gaza’s Ark as well

All of Gaza burns: Gaza’s Ark as well | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
During an attack on the port of Gaza, the area came under fire from the Israeli Occupation forces. At about 2:00 am local time Gaza’s Ark caught fire. The sustained Israeli assault prevented ...
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IDF attacks Syrian military post following rocket fire at Golan Heights

IDF attacks Syrian military post following rocket fire at Golan Heights | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
News, Breaking News:

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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)



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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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