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10 People Made the World a Better Place: 9 white men, 1 black woman who had her cells stolen from her

10 People Made the World a Better Place: 9 white men, 1 black woman who had her cells stolen from her | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
  There are countless unsung heroes throughout history that are deserving of greater recognition and appreciation. This post strives to shed light on ten such remarkable individuals who have i...
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Tells you something when the selection is all white men. The only woman, who is black, had her cells stolen from her without permission that enabled fortunes to be made by more white men.

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Egypt’s Draft Constitution Consolidates Army Power

Egypt’s Draft Constitution Consolidates Army Power | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Egypt’s draft constitution, which has been approved for a referendum, would consolidate the power of the military, which had promised a “democratic transition” when it ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

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Comrades from Cairo: “we don’t need permission to protest” | ROAR Magazine

Comrades from Cairo: “we don’t need permission to protest” | ROAR Magazine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The draconian anti-protest law imposed by the military regime will not deter Egyptians from returning to the streets to reclaim the January 25 Revolution.
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In Somaliland, less money has brought more democracy

In Somaliland, less money has brought more democracy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Nick Eubank: Unable to access foreign aid, Somaliland's government has had to negotiate with citizens and business leaders for financial support – and provide stability and democracy in return
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Zambie: Olam a déjà investi 15 millions de dollars dans le café arabica

Zambie: Olam a déjà investi 15 millions de dollars dans le café arabica | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
«Nous avons jusqu’ici investi entre 15 millions et 17 millions de dollars dans l'acquisition des terres, des infrastructures destinées à l'irrigation et du matériel agricole», a déclaré Varun Mahajan, directeur général d’Olam pour la Zambie.
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Cameroun : près de 20 000 hectares concédés à Herakles Farms pour la création des palmeraies

Cameroun : près de 20 000 hectares concédés à Herakles Farms pour la création des palmeraies | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
19 843 hectares de terrain dans la région du Sud-Ouest du Cameroun ont été provisoirement concédés à la société Sithe Global Sustainaible Oil Cameroon Ltd, la filiale de l’américaine Herakles Farms, sur une durée de trois ans, pour la création d’une...
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Jenaan changes Egypt strategy to wheat for local market

Jenaan changes Egypt strategy to wheat for local market | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Jenaan, which has agricultural investments from Spain to Ethiopia, said it changed its policy in part because it had been losing money in Egypt and in part due to advice from the government of Abu Dhabi.
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Ethiopia’s farm investment plans falter on flood plain

Ethiopia’s farm investment plans falter on flood plain | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Karuturi, like many other large-scale investors, underestimated the complexity of opening land for large-scale commercial agriculture.
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COSATU Should Rebuild Unity on a Workers Agenda

COSATU Should Rebuild Unity on a Workers Agenda | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The recent resignation by NUMSA president Cedric Gina is another rip in the fabric of the trade union federation, COSATU.
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Call for papers: ROAR symposium on the Turkish resistance | ROAR Magazine

Call for papers: ROAR symposium on the Turkish resistance | ROAR Magazine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
ROAR is looking for contributions to a series of essays on the June uprising in Turkey and the future of the resistance to authoritarian neoliberalism.
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The university crumbles under the contradictions of neoliberalism

The university crumbles under the contradictions of neoliberalism | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Until the neoliberal university collapses under its own weight, we need to look to free universities to remind ourselves that another world is possible.
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CARICOM STATEMENT ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE RULING OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ON NATIONALITY

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemns the abhorrent and discriminatory ruling of September 23, 2013, of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic on nationality which retroactively strips tens of thousands of Dominicans, mostly of Haitian descent, of citizenship rendering them stateless and with no recourse to appeal 
   
It is especially repugnant that the ruling ignores the 2005 judgement made by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) that the Dominican Republic adapt its immigration laws and practices in accordance with the provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights. The ruling also violates the Dominican Republic’s international human rights obligations. Furthermore, the ruling has created an environment where, with the abrogation of rights that flow from citizenship, arbitrariness can flourish as illustrated by recent media reports of the forced deportation to Haiti of persons claiming to be Dominican and with no linguistic or familial ties to that country.

The Caribbean Community reiterates its call to the Government of the Dominican Republic to take the necessary political, legislative, judicial and administrative steps urgently to redress the grave humanitarian situation created by the ruling. The Community also calls on regional and hemispheric countries and organisations to lend their voice to urge the Dominican Republic to right this terrible wrong.

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Canada-Africa: The mines and the money | Southern Africa

Canada-Africa: The mines and the money | Southern Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Buoyed by successes forged in mines and oil sands at home, Canadian companies are moving steadily into Africa. The government, meanwhile, is making sure that aid and private sector activities benefit each other.
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What archives? UK ordered destruction of ‘embarrassing’ colonial papers

What archives? UK ordered destruction of ‘embarrassing’ colonial papers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Britain systematically destroyed documents in colonies that were about to gain independence, declassified Foreign Office files reveal. ‘Operation Legacy’ saw sensitive documents secretly burnt or dumped to cover up traces of British activities.
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Declaration of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA)

Launched in Accra, Ghana on 27 November 2013

We, the undersigned organisations, some of which came together in 2012 to create a regional coalition for corporate accountability, announce our intention to launch the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA).

We, the undersigned organisations, support African communities and individuals whose human rights are adversely impacted daily by the activities of corporations, both multi-national and domestic. We are civil society organizations working on issues ranging from mining and other extractives industries, public and private security sector accountability, natural resource rights, including land acquisition, tenure and property rights, financial regulatory policy, as well as accountability mechanisms for human and peoples rights, and environmental rights.

We welcome the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UN GPs”), universally endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, as an important international framework to advance corporate accountability. We however note that the UN GPs, as currently framed and understood, do not fully reflect the experiences and concerns of our constituencies and are currently failing to change lived realities on the ground. We understand that the Guiding Principles impose a State duty to protect, and a corporate responsibility to respect, human rights; however, this is complicated by the reality of weak African States with weak or non-existent legal frameworks, collusion between States and corporations, and the privatisation of State duties.

We express grave concern about the impunity with which companies continue to operate in our jurisdictions in the absence of strong State regulation and enforcement of civil and criminal liability. In particular, we note the distinct and systemic human rights challenges experienced on the African continent: a persistent infringement of collective and individual rights; unregulated exploitation of natural resources; the lack of access to effective remedies; the absence of transparency and effective coherent policies in respect of financial governance; a lack of bargaining power in contractual negotiations; and unlawful use of force by state and non-state actors. We also note the gendered manner in which these corporate harms disproportionately affect those with less power in our communities.

The formation of our coalition, the ACCA, is a recognition of the similar corporate harms we address in our work and an effort to come together in solidarity to better address these challenges through shared strategies and joint advocacy. We commit to rigorous advocacy with regional and international institutions, governments, national human rights institutions, companies, and communities to implement the UN GPs in a critical and nuanced manner that reflects the challenges of advancing corporate accountability in Africa. We commit to working collaboratively, communicating our strategies, advocacy plans and efforts in the hopes of knowledge and information sharing. Recognising the multiple and distinct challenges we face, we identify the following initial issues impacting our constituencies and communities:

The need for enhancing the protection and respect for collective and individual rights in relation to the activities and relationships of business enterprises
a. Collective rights, as articulated in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and applicable international human rights instruments, includes the right to self-determination; the right to freely dispose of their wealth and natural resources; the right to a healthy environment; and the right to their economic, social and cultural development considering their freedom, identity and common heritage. These rights must be protected by States and, at a minimum, respected by corporations.

b. Free prior and informed consent is a non-negotiable threshold for every aspect of projects likely to affect communities. Communities must be able to participate in decisions affecting them and their livelihoods, including through the negotiation and life cycle of a project.

The need for enhancing the protection and respect for labour rights in relation to business enterprises
a. Recognizing that labour rights must include consideration of health and safety not only of those employed by the business, but also those affected by business activities.

b. Labour rights need to be committed to by governments, and where labour protections do exist, they must be enforced.

c. Labour rights need to be respected by corporations, and where labour rights are weak, corporations should adhere to regional and international labour rights protections.

The need to ensure that remedies are strengthened and obstacles to justice are eliminated.
a. Those affected by corporate-related human rights abuses must have a clear, effective and independent means of seeking remedy, both judicial and non-judicial.

b. Facilitating access to regional and international remedies must be a priority, especially where State remedies are weak or non-existent.

The lack of implementation of the State duty to protect human and peoples rights, and environmental rights.
a. African governments must develop national implementation plans to communicate the steps they are taking to ensure human rights are protected in relation to business activities.

b. Governments must ensure transparency and access to information from both public and private actors, including in contracts, agreements and other information that materially affects community interests.

c. African governments must ensure the effective enforcement of legal frameworks that seek to promote human rights protections in relation to business enterprises where they exist, including creation and enforcement of legal requirements of human rights due diligence on corporations.

Our coalition, the ACCA, seeks to ensure that these critical issues are addressed. We express our commitment towards advocacy, engagement and critique to ensure that governments from our diverse set of countries across Africa are engaging in the promotion and protection of human rights in relation to business activity, and that corporations at a minimum respect human rights in all of their operations.

We will continue our work and commitments until these objectives are achieved, and we commit to working with regional and other supportive partners to ensure that this becomes a reality.

This declaration remains open for endorsement by African civil society organizations, and has already been endorsed by the following organizations on 27 November 2013 in Accra, Ghana:

Action Contre l'Impunité pour les Droits Humains (ACIDH), Lubumbashi, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Endorois Welfare Council, Nakuru, KENYA

Kenya Human Rights Commission, Nairobi, KENYA

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), Harare, ZIMBABWE

Fondation pour le développement au Sahel (FDS), Bamako, MALI

Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE Africa), Warri, Delta State, NIGERIA

Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA

Natural Justice, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Global Rights: Partners for Justice, Washington DC, USA with offices in NIGERIA, UGANDA and BURUNDI

Wacam, Accra, GHANA

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Fracking the Kalahari | Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA)

Fracking the Kalahari | Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Exposing Botswana's secretive dash for gas - coal-bed methane via fracking in the Kalahari, Chobe and elsewhere
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This is the World's Longest Wood Carving. It was Made from a Single Tree Trunk

This is the World's Longest Wood Carving. It was Made from a Single Tree Trunk | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Unveiled that day at the Palace Museum in Beijing was an astonishing wooden sculpture by Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui. The wooden carving took four years to complete. The sculpture, carved from a single tree trunk, measures 12.286 meters long, 3.075 meters high and 2.401 meters wide (40.308 x 10.088 x 7.877 ft).

The sculpture is based on the famous scroll painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival (c 1085-1145), which captures the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital, Bianjing (today Kaifeng). The original painting is one of the most renowned work among all Chinese paintings and has even been called, ‘China’s Mona Lisa’ for its recognizability.

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Après 4 ans d’illégalité, le Cameroun octroie une concession provisoire à SGSOC

Après 4 ans d’illégalité, le Cameroun octroie une concession provisoire à SGSOC | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Le Chef de l'Etat a signé trois décrets portant attribution de concessions provisoires de terres agricoles au bénéfice de la société SGSOC [Herakles] dans les arrondissements de Nguti, Toko et Mundemba, dans la région du Sud-Ouest.
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Sarawak indigenous communities launch campaign against land grabbing

Sarawak indigenous communities launch campaign against land grabbing | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Leaders of Sarawak indigenous groups gathered at a public forum in Kuching to launch an online signature campaign against land grabbing by private and government corporations in their communties.
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Cameroon permits trimmed palm oil project by US firm Herakles

Cameroon permits trimmed palm oil project by US firm Herakles | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Cameroon President Paul Biya has given final approval to New York venture capital firm Herakles Capital to start work on a 20,000 hectares palm oil plantation, despite opposition from some locals and conservation groups.
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La liberté politique est-elle un moyen ou une fin du développement ?

La liberté politique est-elle un moyen ou une fin du développement ? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Le prix Nobel d'économie 1999 Amartya Sen considère le développement comme le processus par lequel les libertés réelles des personnes s'accroissent. Il met l'emphase sur les liens et les rapports d...

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The G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: an instrument to control African agriculture

I joined WDM four weeks ago as an intern and I must say it is an exciting time for a start, as I will be involved in a new ambitious campaign that will be launched in the new year. The campaign is ro
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Only in Libya »»» No investigation for bomb-in-a-bag congresswomen - Who can blame her?

Only in Libya »»» No investigation for bomb-in-a-bag congresswomen - Who can blame her? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
By Libya Herald staff. Tripoli, 20 November 2013: Reports that Tripoli Congresswoman Soad Sultan was briefly detained today after being discovered to be carrying a hand grenade in her handbag are true, the Congresswomen has told the Libya Herald.

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International Oil Companies and Impunity in Nigeria: The Struggle Continues

International Oil Companies and Impunity in Nigeria: The Struggle Continues | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

ovember 10 marked the 18th anniversary of the state execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and the ‘Ogoni 8’.

Not long ago, the Governor of our state in Nigeria said to the Ogonis: ‘Why can’t you people move on?’ The simple answer is that since Ken’s death in 1995 nothing has been done to stop the devastation brought about by unwanted, dirty oil extraction in our homeland.

In the 1950s, before Nigeria won independence, Shell was given the right to drill oil. Ken Saro-Wiwa, like me, was from Ogoniland, an area of the Niger Delta which, like many others, was destroyed by the reckless exploitation of international oil companies, in particular Shell. Saro-Wiwa’s tireless campaigning let the international community know about our struggle – the conflict, pollution, loss of livelihood, food and drinking water. Ken also gave us hope by inspiring us to mobilize against the military government and Shell.


 

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HCFP: Re-thinking African Identity and Culture‏

Call for Papers Theme: Re-thinking African Identity and Culture Type: 20th ISAPS Annual Conference Institution: International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS) Department of Philosophy and Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research (FHISER), Fort Hare University Location: Alice, Eastern Cape (South Africa) Date: 30.–31.5.2014 Deadline: 28.2.2014 __________________________________________________ What is ‘Africa’, and who is ‘African’? How does identity and culture feature in the politics of Africa and its diasporas? Is there a role for ‘race’ in the understanding of African identity and culture? Is there a role for Steve Biko’s philosophy of ‘black consciousness’ in the current global political landscape, and if so, what is the role it should play? What is the relationship between different identities and oppressive relationships, and what is the best way of approaching emancipation in contexts where identity plays a core role in oppressive relationships, such as in oppressive relationships between different genders or races? What avenues are there to explore our mutuality and connectedness across these divides as captured by the politics of difference and oppression?  
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