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Ethiopia's rights abuses 'being ignored by US and UK aid agencies'

Ethiopia's rights abuses 'being ignored by US and UK aid agencies' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
DfID and USAid accused of overlooking complaints of human rights abuses by Ethiopians caught up in 'villagisation' scheme (A Guardian article on rights abuses in South Omo, Ethiopia 'being ignored by US and UK aid agencies'....
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Guinea Bissau: Hunger Warning As Cashew Price Dips

Guinea Bissau: Hunger Warning As Cashew Price Dips | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[IRIN]Dakar -A slump in cashew nut prices in Guinea-Bissau has left nearly half of the population eking out food, with families skipping meals or selling livestock to survive until the next harvest in September, aid groups say.
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Western aid agences overlook Ethiopia land grab abuses

A report published on Wednesday by the US-based think tank the Oakland Institute details a long list of grievances presented to aid officials from the UK and US by communities in the Lower Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.
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Tanzania farmers accuse biofuel investors of land grab

Tanzania farmers accuse biofuel investors of land grab | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Farmers facing displacement in Tanzania's coastal region are protesting what they see as government collusion with ethanol investors (Tanzanian farmers accuse biofuel investors of land grab http://t.co/WElYtZLhbh...
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Glenn Greenwald: Growing Backlash Against NSA Spying Shows Why U.S. Wants to Silence Edward Snowden

Glenn Greenwald: Growing Backlash Against NSA Spying Shows Why U.S. Wants to Silence Edward Snowden | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
As Congress holds its second major public hearing on the National Security Agency’s bulk spying, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations.
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Le droit foncier, solution à l’accaparement des terres

"Les cultivateurs sont les principales victimes. Ils n’ont souvent d’autre choix que de céder la terre, faute de titre de propriété. C’est là tout le problème." L’assemblée parlementaire de la francophonie étudie un nouveau modèle de titre foncier.
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Mixed fortunes as ActionAid tackles land-grabbing in Tanzania: Indigo Trust

Mixed fortunes as ActionAid tackles land-grabbing in Tanzania: Indigo Trust | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Reflections on a project to map instances of rural land-grabbing in Tanzania.
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Land 'grab' realities, perceptions vary markedly - researcher

Land 'grab' realities, perceptions vary markedly - researcher | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Land “grabbing” in Africa has become a polarizing issue, says Lorenzo Cotula, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), in his new book, The Great African Land Grab?
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Fingerprints of International Aid on Forced Relocation, Repression, and Human Rights Abuse in Ethiopia

Two new reports from the Oakland Institute, Development Aid to Ethiopia: Overlooking Violence, Marginalization, and Political Repression and Ignoring Abuse in Ethiopia: DFID and USAID in the Lower Omo Valley, show how Western development assistance is supporting forced evictions and massive violations of human rights in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian government’s controversial “villagization” resettlement program to clear vast areas for large-scale land investments is funded largely by international development organizations. The first report, Development Aid to Ethiopia, establishes direct links between development aid--an average $3.5 billion a year, equivalent to 50 to 60% of Ethiopia’s national budget--and industrial projects that violate the human rights of people in the way of their implementation.

The report also shows how indirect support in the form of funding for infrastructure, such as dams for irrigation and electricity for planned plantations, plays a role in repressing local communities by making the projects viable.

 
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Call for Papers: Feminist Africa Issue 20

Call for Papers: Feminist Africa Issue 20 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

We invite features, standpoints, conversations, profiles, and cultural reviews on the gender dynamics of thepast and future of pan-Africanism.

The African Union celebrated its 50th  Year in May 2013, under the general theme Pan-Africanism and Renaissance. At the gala and summit, Africa’s Heads of State’s congratulated themselves on the region’s rising GDP ‘s, anticipating a renewed foreign interest. We are already witnessing a renewed scramble for the material wealth of the region – most explicitly manifest in the land grab that threatens the very fabric of Africa’s survival. The impending expiry of the minimal development goals presents the unpalatable scenario of an Africa characterized by growth without development. Social inequalities sharpen asglobalization continues to subordinate people to the exigencies of transnational capital.

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Cell phone users ‘have no legitimate expectation of privacy’ – judge

Cell phone users ‘have no legitimate expectation of privacy’ – judge | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A federal judge recently ruled that if someone has their cell phone turned on, their location data does not deserve protection under the Fourth Amendment, meaning law enforcement can track individuals without a search warrant.
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Journal Rappé EP12 avec Xuman et Keyti

Dans cet épisode Xuman et Keyti reviennent sur la crise égyptienne après les récentes manifestations à la Place Tahrir et la destitution controversée de Mouh...
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Swaziland: 'Unban Parties', Urges New Report

Swaziland: 'Unban Parties', Urges New Report | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[AfriMAP]Mbabane -As the last absolute monarchy in Sub Saharan Africa prepares to go to an election, which many conclude is bereft of the minimum polling and democratic standards, whereby even the right of assembly and the formation of political...
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Eric Holder: I Had To Tell My Son How To Protect Himself From The Police Because He Is Black

Eric Holder: I Had To Tell My Son How To Protect Himself From The Police Because He Is Black | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Eric Holder is the most powerful law enforcement official in the nation. He has two Ivy League degrees. He’s served as a judge and as a federal prosecutor.
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Eritrea: 20 Years of Freedom? Not for Eritrea's Youth

Eritrea: 20 Years of Freedom? Not for Eritrea's Youth | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[Deutsche Welle]Asmara -Two decades after gaining independence from Ethiopia, Eritrea still has some growing pains to overcome. As its youth opt to flee mandatory military service, 20 percent of the country's population now live in exile.
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Congressman: Benghazi Survivors Forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements

Congressman: Benghazi Survivors Forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Virginia Republican Congressman Frank Wolf said Thursday that survivors of the Benghazi, Libya terror assault have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements prohibiting them from speaking out about the deadly attack.
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Jordan Davis trial next to test 'stand your ground' law

Jordan Davis trial next to test 'stand your ground' law | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Teen Jordan Davis was shot to death by Michael Dunn inside an SUV after a dispute over music. The trial is the next test for Florida's "stand your ground" law.
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Kenya making progress, but anti-gay violence continues

76crimes.comBy Colin StewartKenyans are gradually becoming more tolerant of LGBT people, but a violent anti-gay campaign is currently under way, says the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)....
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Danes out to support landgrab using women and food crisis as excuse

Danes out to support landgrab using women and food crisis as excuse | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Africa must be developed in a rush in order to avoid a global food crisis with huge changes, including a confrontation with chiefs, the role of women and the views on collective property, says Danish Minister for Development Cooperation.
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Or to put it more precisely, there are vast profits to be made in Africa and we'll use any excuse we can find

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Exim bank wary of lending as Indian land deals in Africa falter

Exim bank wary of lending as Indian land deals in Africa falter | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Indian companies have attracted global controversy for a spate of large land deals across Africa, yet the Indian Export and Import (Exim) Bank has largely steered clear of directly financing land deals.
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Obama Sent Libyan Sarin to Syrian Rebels to Destroy Aleppo

Obama Sent Libyan Sarin to Syrian Rebels to Destroy Aleppo | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Vitaly Churkin, Russian UN envoy, told the UN that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) used the chemical weapon sarin in their attack last March in the city of Aleppo.

According to Churkin, investigators took samples from the site and analyzed them at a Russian laboratory which “established” that the FSA fired a rocket that was filled with sarin.

Churkin said: “Therefore, there is every reason to believe that it was armed opposition fighters who used the chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal.

According to information at our disposal, the production of `Basha’ir 3′ unguided projectiles was started in February 2013 by the so-called `Basha’ir al-Nasr’ brigade affiliated with the Free Syrian Army.”

Jay Carney, spokesperson for the White House said : “The independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has put out a statement clarifying that the commission has not reached any conclusive findings regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria or who used them if they were used.”

Carney went on to say: “The fact of the matter is, as we have said and I have said many times, we are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons. We find it highly likely that any chemical weapon use that has taken place in Syria was done by the Assad regime, and that remains our position.”

To substantiate Russia’s claim, Carney commented one month ago at a press conference that the French government confirmed that chemical weapons were used at the conflict in Aleppo.

Carney said: “These tests show the presence of sarin in various samples in our possession. France is certain that sarin gas was used several times in Syria in limited areas. It would be unacceptable that those guilty of these crimes remain unpunished.”


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‘No’ to peeping Sams

‘No’ to peeping Sams | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The challenge of cybersecurity lies in protecting people without entering their private space or making ‘national security’ an excuse to trample on their freedoms
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In Conversation with Mahmood Mamdani

In Conversation with Mahmood Mamdani | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Prolific Ugandan intellectual Mahmood Mamdani speaks candidly about his research, teaching, the American academy and his complex personal journey.
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DRC: As M23 fight on, concerns rise over civilians’ safety

DRC: As M23 fight on, concerns rise over civilians’ safety | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Fighting between the M23 rebels and the Congolese army has escalated in the last two days, leaving scores dead and the beleaguered efforts of diplomatic efforts in tatters.
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Mali: IMF Queries Demotion of Finance Minister - Memo

Mali: IMF Queries Demotion of Finance Minister - Memo | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[AlertNet]Bamako -The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has questioned the demotion of Mali's finance minister just one month before the West African country holds presidential elections, a leaked memo shows.
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