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Numbers In The Voter Registration Just Won't Add Up

Numbers do not lie. One lawyer said as much as he stood before the Supreme Court last week. “You can’t argue with the arithmetic.” It is unclear whether or not he realised the import of his words, for a look at the numbers referred to (but never explained) in court is quite revealing.

As the bedrock of a free and fair election, the voter registry is a crucial part of any electoral process. A legally verified and finalized list of eligible voters is vital, not only because it provides a check on fraud but because it provides a necessary constant for societal self-reflection.

The constant the voter registry provides allows for an analysis of voter turnout, overall and geographically distinct voting patterns and trends over time. A sound and reliable voter registry can help a society understand its own political behaviors, track these trends over time and space, and plan for the future.


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This clearly leaves many questions unanswered. It’s now a waiting game, as the public anticipates the Supreme Court’s detailed judgment. We will have to see how the Court managed to resolve the existence of no less than six different registers and constantly changing voter totals – and then decide if we can also resolve it ourselves.


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The World We've Constructed Is Far Beyond George Orwell's Worst Nightmare

The World We've Constructed Is Far Beyond George Orwell's Worst Nightmare | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Orwell's chilling vision of the future in '1984' is happening today in the form of media manipulation and unnecessary wars.
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Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa

Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Growing concern about the extent to which organized crime is undermining stability and prosperity on the African continent is galvanizing a search for analytical tools and a clamour for more research to understand the contextual forces at play and how best to undermine them.
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Africa: Understanding Organized Crime

Editor's Note

"We have concluded that drug use must be regarded primarily as a public health problem. Drug users need help, not punishment. We believe that the consumption and possession for personal use of drugs should not be criminalised. Experience shows that criminalisation of drug use worsens health and social problems, puts huge pressures on the criminal justice system and incites corruption. ... We caution that West Africa must not become a new front line in the failed "war on drugs," which has neither reduced drug consumption nor put traffickers out of business." - West Africa Commission on Drugs

Two recent reports, one from the West Africa Commission on Drugs cited above, and the second a report on Organized Crime in Southern Africa from the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, stress both the significance of growth in organized crime on the continent and the need to avoid false solutions such as the "war on drugs" approach that criminalizes ordinary users as well as traffickers. Organized crime is an obstacle to development, the authors of the reports note. But, equally, no approach can be successful unless it addresses development and governance issues. Trafficking in drugs, wildlife, and people, moreover, all cross continental as well as national boundaries, and must be addressed in terms of both supply and demand.

For more background, see the websites of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (http://www.globalinitiative.net) and of the West Africa Commission on Drugs http://www.wacommissionondrugs.org).

 

- See more at: http://www.africafocus.org/docs14/oc1407.php#sthash.AbEIPswb.dpuf

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Gaza is Everyones Concern

Gaza is Everyones Concern | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The ruthless assault on Gaza has sometimes been presented in our media, and on occasion in some solidarity efforts too, as an issue that is solely of concern to Muslim people. It is true that in recent years state politics in both Palestine and Israel has taken on a more religious inflection. But this conflict began as a colonial occupation. It did not start as a religious war and has never been reducible to the question of religion. The assault on Gaza, like the devastation of the Congo or the ongoing disaster in Iraq, is everyones concern. In the particular case of Gaza, the way in which Islamophobia is used to legitimate oppression, is also everyones concern.
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No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory

No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis of this claim by Co-Editor Noura Erakat initially published in 2012.]
 
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UN Human Rights Chief: Israel Assault on Gaza Resembles 'War Crimes'

UN Human Rights Chief: Israel Assault on Gaza Resembles 'War Crimes' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The United Nation's top official on human rights said on Wednesday that Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip may constitute "war crimes" for its widespread practice of targeting civilian areas.
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'Resembles..."? Come on, these ARE war crimes

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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

​1,000-strong Syrian rebel brigade defects to Islamic State - report | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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

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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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African Trade Unions and Africa's Future: Strategic Choices in a Changing World

Key Findings

Unions function in a highly unfavorable economic environment
Protections for workers are not enforced
Unions lack sufficient resources
Growth of the informal economy challenges unions
Women's participation in unions and union leadership is increasing but still limited
Women in the informal sector are vulnerable

Implications

African trade unions must find new ways of organizing unorganized workers, particularly in the informal economy
African trade unions must play an active role in public life
African trade unions must speak out on national and international economic policies
African trade unions must help shape policy decisions affecting workers
African trade unions must step up their efforts to advance women's rights within unions, in the workplace and wider society
African trade unions must intensify dialogue and collaboration across national boundaries, including with unions in other African countries and with regional and global trade union allies

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NGOs and Social Justice in Africa: Social Movements and NGOs

NGOs and Social Justice in Africa: Social Movements and NGOs | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Thembani Onceya: Introduce yourself. Gladys Mpepho: My name is Gladys Mpepho, I am the chairperson of the Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) in Rhini (Grahamstown). Thembani Onceya: Why did you join the UPM? Gladys Mpepho: The government made me join the UPM. The government has betrayed us, they treat us like we are nothing, they make empty promises and give false hope. My first encounter with the UPM was through Ayanda Kota.  Ayanda was persuading the community in Phaphamani to “toyi toyi’ (march) to demand electricity in Phaphamani. I realised that the only way people can get the government to deliver services in our communities is if we fight because if we don’t fight our situation will never change.   
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Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine

Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Two years ago, a viral video emerged of a Palestinian alumnus named Fadi Quran being pepper sprayed and arrested while nonviolently protesting in the West Bank. As a journalist for The Stanford Daily…
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The Violence of Climate Change in Egypt

The Violence of Climate Change in Egypt | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In the midst of the revolutionary battles of recent years, it is easy not to notice that climate change is fundamentally changing the Middle East and North Africa we live in. This gradual transformation, much of it already inevitable, threatens ...
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Will the BRICS Bank Be a Game Changer for Africa?

Will the BRICS Bank Be a Game Changer for Africa? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Last week Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) announced they are joining forces to establish a BRICS alternative to the World Bank. The BRICS bank will be capitalised to the tune of $50 billion or about the same size as the World Banks loan to Brazil. While the size of the initial capital allocation does not stack up in comparison to the World Banks, this could still prove to be a significant opportunity to change the global system more in favour of the developing world. However, if the new bank is going to be a game changer in Africa then it must invest in structural opportunities to improve growth and development on the continent and develop African confidence.
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Study Reveals Preference for Foreign Black Migrants in Some Sectors of South African Economy

Study Reveals Preference for Foreign Black Migrants in Some Sectors of South African Economy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Foreign migrant labour in South Africa is unique compared to other parts of the world. A recent report by the Migration for Work Research Consortium notes that South Africa is unique because international migrants are less discriminated against than migrants elsewhere in the world. The paradox of high migrant labour employment against high domestic unemployment is hard to make sense of. Nevertheless, trends suggest that there are inherent biases in certain sectors of the South African economy where foreign African workers are preferred.
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DRIP - Legislating the Indefensible | ThoughtWorks

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

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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)



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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