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Egypt's everyday problems fester as political turmoil continues

Egypt's everyday problems fester as political turmoil continues | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
For many Egyptians concerned with unemployment, red tape, fuel shortages and harassment of women, life is getting worse When Egyptians ejected a head of state for the second time in little over two years this month, much was made of the political...
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From Trayvon Martin to Andries Tatane: Cognitive Dissonance and the Black Male Body

From Trayvon Martin to Andries Tatane: Cognitive Dissonance and the Black Male Body | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Trayvon Martin is dead and his killer, George Zimmerman, is acquitted. The shock and horror of this information has resonated through the collective consciousness of black people, and black-positive people, around the world.
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Liberia: Oil Boss In The Hotseat Over U.S.$731,000 Deal

Liberia: Oil Boss In The Hotseat Over U.S.$731,000 Deal | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

A week after President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf dismissed Mr. Robert Kilby, the head of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and Pearine Davis Parkinson, Director General of the General Services Agency for breaching government policy regarding Conflict of Interest, Dr. Randolph McClain, Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Company of Liberia has reportedly been found in breach of the law.

 
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Sudan: Darfur Lawyers Call Foul As Coup Accused Released

Sudan: Darfur Lawyers Call Foul As Coup Accused Released | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[Radio Dabanga]El Fasher -Lawyers from the Darfur Bar Association have accused the Khartoum government of "blatant discrimination" after the early release of 2004 coup leader Yusuf Mohamed Saleh Libis, as well as those accused of "plotting a coup"...
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China accuses GlaxoSmithKline of paying £300m in bribes

China accuses GlaxoSmithKline of paying £300m in bribes | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
British drugmaker under investigation by Chinese authorities for alleged bribery and price fixing The British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline used travel agencies and consultancies as vehicles to bribe officials and doctors and illegally boosted the...
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Stolen Life: On the Meanings of Trayvon Martin

Stolen Life: On the Meanings of Trayvon Martin | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
To be black in contemporary America is to wrestle with this history of cyclical mourning and cyclical anticipation.
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The Contest over Mandelas Legacy

The Contest over Mandelas Legacy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The public has watched with amazement the unseemly squabble between members of the Mandela family. Going forward, there is likely to be similar squabbling between political parties over Nelson Mandelas legacy.
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Demand Justice for Trayvon Martin

Demand Justice for Trayvon Martin | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“Open season [...] after a verdict like this”: that’s how Gary Younge describes the situation. “Let it be noted that on this day, Saturday 13 July 2013, it was still deemed legal in the US to chase...
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Justice Department: Open a Civil Rights Case Against George Zimmerman

Justice Department: Open a Civil Rights Case Against George Zimmerman | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
I just signed a petition to Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder: Attorney General Eric Holder, The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida's prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon...
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OPEN LETTER TO CARICOM HEADS ON REPARATION

OPEN LETTER TO CARICOM HEADS ON REPARATION | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Whilst we see the actions being taken to secure and effect reparations for Caribbean slavery and Native genocide as being a positive step, we are also concerned that the top down approach being taken to this issue will end up not achieving the reparations aspirations of the masses of Afrikan descendant and indigenous citizens in the Caribbean. In our humble opinion this may happen unless concerted efforts are made to enable the facilitation of constructive engagement, dialogue, debate and deliberation within and between civil society, non-governmental organisations and social movements across the respective Caribbean nations in the region to allow for the negotiation of the best reparations common interest. We also appeal to you to ensure that the same errors that were made with the former Organisation of African Unity’s (OAU) Group of Eminent Persons (GEP) in failing to effectively consult on reparations strategies, be informed by and act in the best interests of the various Afrikan countries respective citizenries, is not also repeated in the Caribbean.

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In the trial of Trayvon, the US is guilty

In the trial of Trayvon, the US is guilty | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case exemplifies growing racism in the United States.

 

Americans should not fear riots. They should fear a society that ranks the death of children. They should fear a society that shrugs, carries on, and lets them go.

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Zimmerman and the hunting of Black Folks - billfletcherjr.com

I received the news when i was getting ready to eat.

I was prepared, intellectually, for a not-guilty verdict.  I was not ready in my gut.

As a radical i am quite aware of the injustices that regularly and historically have happened to people of color and to the poor.  I am aware of how the system regularly justifies the murder of black people.

Yet i am nothing but sickened.  And sitting here listening to these so-called defense attorneys gloat over their victory and place the blame for Trayvon Martin’s death on Trayvon is actually more than i can take.

This verdict is a verdict in favor of white fear.  We should all be clear about that.  This is a verdict that says that white people have every right to fear any and every black person and, if the law permits it, to act upon such fear.  I do not care whether Zimmerman is part Latino, he acted as a white man and that is certainly how he will be remembered.  Zimmerman looked at Trayvon through the eyes of a white man and assumed danger when no danger existed.

 
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From Egypt to Syria: Is The Gulf Cooperation Council the Tail That Wags the U.S. Dog?

From Egypt to Syria: Is The Gulf Cooperation Council the Tail That Wags the U.S. Dog? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

It is possible that the coup in Egypt was not a U.S.-initiated affair but, rather, a sign of declining U.S. influence in the region. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who hated deposed Egyptian President Morsi, may have promised Egypt’s generals they would replace U.S. military aid, if necessary. “Perhaps we can no longer just refer to those states as merely client states of the U.S.“

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Headlines for July 16, 2013

Headlines for July 16, 2013 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Protests Continue Nationwide Against Zimmerman Not-Guilty VerdictSwedish Professor Nominates Snowden for Nobel Peace PrizePutin: U.S.
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On Sheep and Infidels

On Sheep and Infidels | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Before I begin, let me state some facts so that when people begin the ad hominem attacks they can try to rein them in within the following boundaries:
I voted for Mohamed Morsi in the second round of the presidential elections (to keep out Ahmed ...
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Ghana: 4,500 Chinese Leave Ghana After Illegal Mining Crackdown

Ghana: 4,500 Chinese Leave Ghana After Illegal Mining Crackdown | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[Vanguard]Accra -More than 4,500 Chinese have left Ghana since a crackdown on illegal mining began in June, with the illicit industry having drawn scores of Chinese to the west African nation, an official said Friday.
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Six Million Trayvons: How Zimmerman Mindset Has Rigged The Justice System Against Young Black Men

Six Million Trayvons: How Zimmerman Mindset Has Rigged The Justice System Against Young Black Men | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

"It is the Zimmerman mindset that must be found guilty – far more than the man himself. It is a mindset that views black men and boys as nothing but a threat, good for nothing, up to no good no matter who they are or what they are doing. It is the Zimmerman mindset that has birthed a penal system unprecedented in world history, and relegated millions to a permanent undercaste." Prof Michelle Alexander

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Surveillance Blowback: The Making of the U.S. Surveillance State, 1898-2020

Surveillance Blowback: The Making of the U.S. Surveillance State, 1898-2020 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The American surveillance state is now an omnipresent reality, but its deep history is little known and its future little grasped.  Edward Snowden’s leaked documents reveal that, in a post-9/11 state of war, the National Security Agency (NSA) was able to create a surveillance system that could secretly monitor the private communications of almost every American in the name of fighting foreign terrorists. The technology used is state of the art; the impulse, it turns out, is nothing new. For well over a century, what might be called “surveillance blowback” from America’s wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus.  Its future (though not ours) looks bright indeed.

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India now Nigeria’s biggest crude oil buyer: so why does everyone think China is the biggest exploiter?

India now Nigeria’s biggest crude oil buyer: so why does everyone think China is the biggest exploiter? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

India has overtaken the U.S. as the top buyer of Nigerian crude oil, a top Indian diplomat in Abuja has said.

Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria Mahesh Sachdev said recent statistics showed that India had been buying more of Nigeria’s crude than the U.S. over the last three months.

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White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman | The Nation

White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman | The Nation | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Protesters protest the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman Demonstrators outside the Seminole County Courthouse react after hearing the verdict of “not guilty” in the trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
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Hank Hill's curator insight, April 21, 2014 11:55 PM

This is a perfect example of how much of a role race really has had on the case in general. 

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Thousands protest Zimmerman verdict across U.S

Thousands protest Zimmerman verdict across U.S | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators demanding Justice for Trayvon marched in major cities across the United States on Sunday to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death (Thousands protest Zimmerman verdict across...
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Greek radical left SYRIZA coalition merges into unified party

Greek radical left SYRIZA coalition merges into unified party | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Greece's main opposition party, the radical left coalition SYRIZA, formally merged into a unified party and Alexis Tsipras was elected president with 74 percent of votes on Sunday evening, at the end of the founding congress in Athens.
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“I Am Not a Slave”: Remembering to Sustain and Connect Our Black Radical Traditions

“I Am Not a Slave”: Remembering to Sustain and Connect Our Black Radical Traditions | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
By Wangui Kimari I am not a slave. Say it again. I am not a slave.
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Why the Zimmerman Jury Failed Us

Why the Zimmerman Jury Failed Us | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Straight Up: The racism that resides at America's core has led to the continual dehumanization of blacks.
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Mining Universities by Kristen Lyons and Carol Richards – arena

Mining Universities by Kristen Lyons and Carol Richards – arena | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Australia’s economic growth and national identity have been widely celebrated as being founded on the nation’s natural resources. With the golden era of pastoralism fading into the distance, a renewed love affair with primary industries has been much lauded, particularly by purveyors of neoliberal ideology. The considerable wealth generated by resource extraction has, despite its environmental and social record, proved seductive to the university sector. The mining industry is one of a number of industries and sectors (alongside pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological) that is increasingly courting Australian universities. These new public–private alliances are often viewed as the much-needed cash cow to bridge the public funding shortfall in the tertiary sector. However, this trend also raises profound questions about the capacity of public good institutions, as universities were once assumed to be, to maintain institutional independence and academic freedoms.

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