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Imperialist Liberalism and the Egyptian Revolution

Imperialist Liberalism and the Egyptian Revolution | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In the following lines, I level four criticisms against what I term the imperialist liberal trend of thought and how it deals with the January 25 Revolution.
By “imperialist liberalism,” I mean that loose US-European academic...
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Whether We Engage or Do Nothing... This Changes Everything

Whether We Engage or Do Nothing... This Changes Everything | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The following is an excerpt taken from the introduction of Naomi Klein's newly published book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, and appears at Common Dreams with permission from the book's publisher Simon & Shuster.  All rights reserved.
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Chemical Found In Colgate Total Toothpaste Linked To Cancer

Chemical Found In Colgate Total Toothpaste Linked To Cancer | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A chemical found in one of North America’s most popular toothpastes, Colgate Total, has been linked to cancer and other harmful health ailments. It’s called triclosan, it’s also used  in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. In addition to cosmetics and Colgate toothpaste, triclosan is  used as an antibacterial agent […]
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Rapport : "La faim un business comme un autre"

Rapport : "La faim un business comme un autre" | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Comment la nouvelle alliance du G8 menace la sécurité alimentaire en Afrique. Un rapport publié par le CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Oxfam France et Action contre la Faim
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Arabs participate in Brazil-Africa integration

Arabs participate in Brazil-Africa integration | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A project with Algerian investment in Brazil and another with Brazilian investment in Sudan were presented at the Brazil-Africa Forum this Friday in Fortaleza, Ceará.
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Tropical forests illegally destroyed for commercial agriculture

Tropical forests illegally destroyed for commercial agriculture | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Increasing international demand for palm oil, beef, soy and wood is fuelling the illegal destruction of tropical forests at an alarming rate.
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Landgrabbing continues unabated worldwide

Landgrabbing continues unabated worldwide | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
This edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter provides an overview of the process landgrabbing and of the possibilities of resisting it from our communities.
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Not so mega? The risky business of large-scale public-private partnerships in African agriculture

Not so mega? The risky business of large-scale public-private partnerships in African agriculture | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Oxfam policy adviser Robin Willoughby shrugs off the big ag groupthink and argues that the current trend of mega projects in African agriculture is a risky and unproven way to help poor farmers.
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Développement international: pourquoi je refuse d'aller sur le «terrain»

Développement international: pourquoi je refuse d'aller sur le «terrain» | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Le titre de ce billet laisse peut-être supposer que je participe à cette idée un peu trop convenue que les universitaires sont déconnectés du «monde réel». Il s'agit plutôt de critiquer le &l...
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"The "field" is a fantasy and a division of the territory that has social consequences. It is an ethnocentric vision which envisages the area, living space, from our own reality."

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US guilty of war crimes in Palestine

US guilty of war crimes in Palestine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well be the motivating force behind the U.S.’s adamant attempts to block the Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized
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Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution

Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Adel Iskandar, Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2013.
Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?
Adel Iskandar (AI): The book was not written with the intention ...
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Ebola and Global Health: Exposing Fault Lines and Searching for Vision

Ebola and Global Health: Exposing Fault Lines and Searching for Vision | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Sometimes it takes a crisis to test existing structures and expose all the fault lines. Ebola has been pummelling its way through West Africa and in addition to the lives claimed by the epidemic; it has exposed the pathetic state of Global Healths leadership as well as the bigoted paradigms through which we view health at the global level. Meanwhile the World Health Organisation is losing its grip on being at the forefront of Communicable Disease control. What is playing out now seems like a cha
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America’s deadliest export and the endless war on terror | ROAR Magazine

America’s deadliest export and the endless war on terror | ROAR Magazine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Praise for ‘America’s Deadliest Export’: “Blum concentrates on matters of great current significance, and does not pull his punches” — Noam Chomsky.
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Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Weakening ISIS requires eroding the support it relies on from tribal leaders, military figures, and ordinary Iraqi Sunnis. Here's how to do it without bombs.

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UnderMining Agriculture - How the Extractives threaten our Food | Gaia Foundation

UnderMining Agriculture - How the Extractives threaten our Food | Gaia Foundation | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Gaia Foundation's new report - UnderMining Agriculture: How the Extractives Industries Threaten our Food Systems exposes the hidden costs of mining on food, water, land, air and climate, showing how each is increasingly affected by toxins as the global land and water grab intensifies. The report is a timely call to action for all food justice and anti mining organisations to come together with a harder line against the extractives sector. The world's food production and millions of small farmers and communities are under threat.
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Sénégal : Accaparement du foncier, et des espaces cultivables ménace contre l'autosuffisance alimentaire

Sénégal : Accaparement du foncier, et des espaces cultivables ménace contre l'autosuffisance alimentaire | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Un Forum foncier mondial aura lieu du 11 au 17 mai 2015 à Dakar.
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The man who stole the Nile: An Ethiopian billionaire’s outrageous land grab

The man who stole the Nile: An Ethiopian billionaire’s outrageous land grab | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In this precarious world-historic moment, food has become the most valuable asset of them all—and a billionaire from Ethiopia named Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi is getting his hands on as much of it as possible.
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Environmental journalist faces harassment from Indian multinational corporation for critical article

Environmental journalist faces harassment from Indian multinational corporation for critical article | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Indian Journalists Union (IJU) condemn an attempt to harass a well-known environmental journalist by Karuturi Global Limited (KGL).
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Women agricultural workers crave fair working conditions

Women agricultural workers crave fair working conditions | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Publication by FIAN International discusses the discriminatory working conditions women agricultural workers endure, as well as their contribution to the food and nutrition security of their families and communities.
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Ethiopian government campaign of murder in Gambela

Ethiopian government campaign of murder in Gambela | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The cause of this high level insecurity and loss of innocent peoples' lives is a government policy to take away the indigenous communities land and give it to so called investors both foreigners and Ethiopian highlanders.
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Nigeria: Group announces $2.2m rice farming investment

Nigeria: Group announces $2.2m rice farming investment | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
WEMS Agro Companies Limited plans to invest about $2.2 million into rice cultivation ‎in a 25,000 ha rice project in Ondo state with Chinese partners.
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GRAIN — Food sovereignty for sale: supermarkets are undermining people's control over food and farming in Asia

GRAIN — Food sovereignty for sale: supermarkets are undermining people's control over food and farming in Asia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Food accounts for nearly a quarter of overall consumer spending in Asia – more than housing, education or transportation. Hundreds of millions of people in Asia earn their livelihoods from food – whether from farming it, preparing it or selling it.

But in the past decade or so, transnational corporations have been taking over a bigger and bigger slice of the pie, with major implications for the entire food chain.

Corporate supermarkets are expanding faster in Asia than anywhere else on the planet. And as supermarkets and their procurement chains expand, they take revenue out of the hands of peasants, small scale food producers and traders.

The expansion of supermarkets is transferring control over Asia's food to a handful of corporations like CP, Aeon, Dairy Farm, Wal-Mart, and other global retailers, and their corporate suppliers.

Across the region, there is both growing awareness of the threat posed by global retailers and a growing resistance against their expansion. But we must continue envisioning and building strategies and alternatives to the supermarket model of food distribution in order to move forward in a way that strengthens social, community based and public food systems and assures the survival of small food producers and local markets.

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Big Spenders: Swiss Trading Companies, African Oil and the Risks of Opacity | Natural Resource Governance Institute

Big Spenders: Swiss Trading Companies, African Oil and the Risks of Opacity | Natural Resource Governance Institute | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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The Un-Islamic State

The Un-Islamic State | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Since the Islamic State (IS) movement seized control of Iraq’s second city of Mosul in early June 2014 it has achieved unprecedented levels of success in Iraq and Syria, seized territory in Lebanon, and expanded to the border regions of most ...
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Marikana Commission: Lonmin under a scorching spotlight | Daily Maverick

Marikana Commission: Lonmin under a scorching spotlight | Daily Maverick | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Finally, it is Lonmin’s turn to be publicly scrutinised at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, writes GREG MARINOVICH. And it’s not a pretty spectacle.

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Farlam asked Seedat what Lonmin’s daily turnover was, believing it to be in the range of one million rands worth of platinum a day. Seedat’s answer was “about R50 million a day.”

“How much?”

“50 million if all of the shafts are operating.”

“R50 million a day?”

“In turnover.”

“In turnover, yes, that’s what they produce, the value.”

“Yes.”

“And despite that the majority don’t have access to decent accommodation and essential utilities of fresh water, proper sanitation and electricity?”

“Yes.”

“I understand, thank you.”


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The Deafening Silence of the EFFs Women Leaders

The Deafening Silence of the EFFs Women Leaders | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
From Malema to Mngxitama, the male leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are known to have larger than life personalities. Their escapades may be turning parliament into a site of political theatre, but their loud antics are also directing public attention to important debates. They have captured the media and the publics attention with their audacious approach. But what about the EFFs female leaders? They are unusually quiet in comparison and their shrinking flower posture does seem
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