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Egypt: student dies as police open fire on protesters

Egypt: student dies as police open fire on protesters | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“One student killed and dozens injured as security forces crack down on supporters of Muslim Brotherhood One student has been killed and dozens injured after police in Cairo opened fire on students protesting against the military government.”
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Zimbabwe: Nation More Polarized After Polls, Says Church

Zimbabwe: Nation More Polarized After Polls, Says Church | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“[New Zimbabwe]THREE months after President Robert Mugabe settled into another period of office after 33 years of iron-fist rule, the country's Roman Catholic bishops say the country has become more polarized and it needs to engage with the...”
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The Lies Behind The West’s War On Libya

The Lies Behind The West’s War On Libya | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
It was Gaddafi’s Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times – connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological...

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, December 27, 2013 6:31 AM

"all 50 African nations should quit the United Nations and only return if their longstanding demand is finally met, a seat for the entire African federation or nothing. This non-violent method is the only weapon of justice available to the poor and weak that we are. We should simply quit the United Nations because this organisation, by its very structure and hierarchy, is at the service of the most powerful."

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Christmas & all you ever wanted to know about its Roots, Freedom and the Jol

Christmas & all you ever wanted to know about its Roots, Freedom and the Jol | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The roots of the festival that we call Christmas extend far further back in time than the first attempts to celebrate the birth of the Palestinian upstart whose crucifixion became the founding event of a new religion with universal aspirations. There is no firm evidence as to when the man who came to be called the Christ, the word of God made flesh, was actually born.

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What a great piece from Vashna Jagarnath

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SEFE calls President of Cameroon's land deal with US company Herakles Farms a grave injustice and hindrance to conventional values

SEFE calls President of Cameroon's land deal with US company Herakles Farms a grave injustice and hindrance to conventional values | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Three Presidential decrees attributing lands to Herakles Farms in the South West region of Cameroon are reminiscent of colonialism and slavery.
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In Kenya, averting a move to strangle civil society with the financial noose

In Kenya, averting a move to strangle civil society with the financial noose | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

In October Kenya introduced legislation capping foreign funding to NGOs and requiring that money be channeled through a government body. Though narrowly defeated, the law looked to be a death-knell for a vibrant civil society sector. But Kenya – and the region – is not out of the woods yet.  

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If NGOs sources of funding is restricted, then even more so should private companies - which are completely unaccountable to citizens - be restricted. Why is there no campaign amongst CSOs to restrict financial influence exerted by foreign multinational corporations?

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Study Finds Crime, Corruption, Tax Evasion Drained $946.7bn from Developing Countries in 2011 - Global Financial Integrity

Study Finds Crime, Corruption, Tax Evasion Drained $946.7bn from Developing Countries in 2011 - Global Financial Integrity | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Global Financial Integrity (GFI) is a research and advocacy organization working to curtail illicit financial flows out of developing countries.
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Unmanned America's Drone War

Unmanned America's Drone War | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Robert Greenwald's newest full-length feature on the U.S. drone wars is now available. The documentary will only be available to stream online for a limited time. Sign up today to get your link to see the film FOR FREE.
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Change must come soon for Western Sahara youth | ROAR Magazine

Change must come soon for Western Sahara youth | ROAR Magazine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Sahrawi youths, having been denied a homeland by Morocco for years, are getting increasingly frustrated in their refugee camps in the Algerian Sahara.
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Multinationals Observatory: Tracking French Corporations worldwide - new website

Multinationals Observatory: Tracking French Corporations worldwide - new website | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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'The Future of Aid' - Aid in Reverse: How Poor Countries Develop Rich Countries

'The Future of Aid' - Aid in Reverse: How Poor Countries Develop Rich Countries | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The idea of international development aid lies at the heart of a tremendously successful PR campaign. The narrative we have been sold claims that aid has been effective at reducing global poverty. Here I will argue that there are three problems with this narrative. First, poverty is not disappearing, despite what we have been told to believe. Second, aid disbursements from rich countries to poor countries are dwarfed by wealth flows that run in the other direction, to the point where poor countries are effectively developing rich countries. Third, and perhaps most critically, aid is not actually designed to reduce poverty, but operates as a tool that the elites of rich countries leverage to extract wealth, resources, and political compliance. By eliding these problems, the aid paradigm prevents development practitioners – and the public – from understanding the real causes of poverty, and therefore precludes meaningful solutions.

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LRB · Seymour M. Hersh · Whose sarin?

LRB · Seymour M. Hersh · Whose sarin? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August.
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South Sudan: S. Sudan Releases Two Political Detainees, Calls for Ceasefire

South Sudan: S. Sudan Releases Two Political Detainees, Calls for Ceasefire | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“[Sudan Tribune]Juba -South Sudan on Friday released two of the 11 senior members of its ruling party (SPLM), held in connection with an alleged failed coup attempt in the country, two weeks ago.”
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South Sudan: South Sudan's Kiir Government Offers Ceasefire to Machar Rebels

South Sudan: South Sudan's Kiir Government Offers Ceasefire to Machar Rebels | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“[Deutsche Welle]East African leaders have welcomed a pledge by South Sudan's government to agree to an immediate ceasefire following weeks of fighting with rebels. They've called on the opposing sides to meet face-to-face.”
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Franco-American Military Intervention in C.A.R and the Congo: The Objective is to Destabilize the Entire Central African Region

Franco-American Military Intervention in C.A.R and the Congo: The Objective is to Destabilize the Entire Central African Region | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
One of the underreported stories from last week, noted here previously, was that quietly, on the day in which French unemployment soared to a new 16 year high, French president Hollande did what ev...
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Victims no longer: Spain’s anti-eviction movement | ROAR Magazine

Victims no longer: Spain’s anti-eviction movement | ROAR Magazine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Movement of Mortgage Victims is one of Spain’s strongest movements. Carlos Delclós talks to PAH organizer Elvi Mármol about the key to their success.
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Green Rush: How big agriculture is carving up Africa for industrial farmland.

Green Rush: How big agriculture is carving up Africa for industrial farmland. | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
African countries are also welcoming big agricultural projects bankrolled by foreign investors whose goal is to send food abroad.
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The Whispers of WhatsApp: Beyond Facebook and Twitter in the Middle East

The Whispers of WhatsApp: Beyond Facebook and Twitter in the Middle East | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Technically speaking, WhatsApp is not unlike an SMS but sent via the Internet from one user to others who also operate the application. One can send photos, share her current location, and, most importantly, send as many messages as the data plan will allow. WhatsApp announced that, as of June 2013, they have three hundred million monthly users globally. In a much shorter time, WhatsApp “ has done to SMS on mobile phones what Skype did to international calling on landlines.” The CEO of WhatsApp says they are bigger than Twitter, which can be noted partially in the number of messages they process. On 12 June 2013, WhatsApp tweeted: “new daily record: 10B+ msgs sent (inbound) and 17B+ msgs received (outbound) by our users = 27 Billion msgs handled in just 24 hours!” This surpassed the previous record just six months earlier on New Years Eve when the global numbers hit eighteen billion messages on that single day. 

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Is Anyone Listening to What Ordinary Africans Think?

Is Anyone Listening to What Ordinary Africans Think? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Conventional public wisdom would suggest that Africans are most worried about the catastrophic AIDS epidemic, high child mortality, recurrent food shortages, and civil conflict.  Everyone has seen the startling statistics on HIV prevalence rates, the number of children that die of preventable diseases, or heard the repeated calls for emergency food relief.  Therefore, it’s only natural to fight for ever increasing US taxpayer treasure to vanquish these demons.

But, what do ordinary Africans actually think?  Do they raise these same issues as the most pressing problems affecting their nations?  This is the subject of my new CGD paper.  Based uponAfrobarometer public attitude surveys, Africans appear overwhelmingly concerned about four interrelated issues: (1) jobs and income; (2) infrastructure; (3) enabling economic and financial policies; and (4) inequality.

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Why the surprise? What US imeprialism and its allies consider to be priorities are hardly likely to coincide with the perspectives of those whose lives are impoverished by the policiies of the US. 

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Senegal's shady farmland agreement

Senegal's shady farmland agreement | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Allegations of a 'land grab' by a murky consortium of corporations stokes tensions with villagers.
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Being A Black Woman In The World - Part 1

Being A Black Woman In The World - Part 1 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[The following text is the prepared speech of Winnie Madikezela Mandela for her March 4 address to V103's Expo for Today's Black Woman held in Chicago, Illinois. ] Winnie Nomzamo Madikezela Mandela...
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Remembering French Investments in Apartheid South Africa

Remembering French Investments in Apartheid South Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
With politicians showing unusual agreement among themselves and media focused on the "global" tribute to Nelson Mandela, there has been unanimous (...)
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:19 AM
French Investments in Apartheid South Africa
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South Sudan death toll rises sharply

South Sudan death toll rises sharply | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“Hospitals report as many as 500 dead in inter-ethnic fighting after an alleged coup attempt.”
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'SHOESHINE' (2013)

Set in a busy street of Dar es Salaam, a shoeshine boy offers us a conscious and subconscious perspective of the space and people of his city ranging from th...
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