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OpEdNews Article: Article: Glenn Greenwald and the Failures of Mainstream Journalism

OpEdNews Article: Article: Glenn Greenwald and the Failures of Mainstream Journalism | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The real danger facing the nation is the continuing sheepish and uncritical reporting by many mainstream "professional" journalists and journalism educators and their delusions of grandeur and self-righteousness.

Via Enrique Ferro
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Blowing the Whistle Without Being Heard

Blowing the Whistle Without Being Heard | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Corruption in the allocation of contracts for subsidized government housing is a major problem.
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Spinlet, the iTunes of Africa, hits 650K subscribers -- and is targeting 50M users by 2016

Spinlet, the iTunes of Africa, hits 650K subscribers -- and is targeting 50M users by 2016 | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“It figures that a music distribution company for modern Africa would skip old-school architecture and go straight to mobile.”
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South Africa’s legal fault lines: Two commissions expose inequality before the law

South Africa’s legal fault lines: Two commissions expose inequality before the law | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
There are many examples in South Africa and around the globe of how the dice is loaded in favour of the state when it meets ordinary citizens in court. The ongoing
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Kenya: Government of National ImpUnity

Kenya: Government of National ImpUnity | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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Cession des terres : 70% des sénégalais seraient défavorables

Cession des terres : 70% des sénégalais seraient défavorables | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Une enquête d’opinion réalisée par le réseau Afrobaromètre révèle que 70% des sénégalais considèrent que la terre est une ressource nationale et sont défavorables à la cession des terres aux étrangers.
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Pinda scoffs at perpetrators of land grabbing allegations

Pinda scoffs at perpetrators of land grabbing allegations | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Tanzania's Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said allegations that a large portion of arable land had been taken over by foreigners at the expense of local people were not true.
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Large-scale land acquisitions and social conflict in Africa

Large-scale land acquisitions and social conflict in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
As foreign governments and corporations lease and purchase large tracts of land across the globe, in Africa, such ‘land grabs’ have allegedly provided the grievance behind protests, riots, coups, and other conflict from Mali to Madagascar.
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Kenya: Aga Khan Firm wants Karuturi Flowers wound up

Kenya: Aga Khan Firm wants Karuturi Flowers wound up | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A manufacturer of a cartons and polythene bags has applied to the High Court in Kenya to wind up cash-strapped Indian flower firm, Karuturi.
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Fighting to keep their land from investors

Fighting to keep their land from investors | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Hadzabe people of Tanzania are acquiring basic skills on how to survive in a globalised world, where investment in land translates into money.
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Ivory Coast hopes to squeeze the profits from palm oil

Ivory Coast hopes to squeeze the profits from palm oil | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Demand for the lucrative oil is increasing and land in the main exporting countries of Malaysia and Indonesia is quickly running out, so companies are now looking to the hot, humid countries along the Equator in West Africa.
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The Silent Military Coup That Took Over Washington

The Silent Military Coup That Took Over Washington | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

"This operation [in Syria]," said the former French foreign minister Roland Dumas in June, "goes way back. It was prepared, pre-conceived and planned."

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Important piece by Pilger, but as with many Western commentators, silence about the expansion of US military presence in Africa/

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The US Military’s Pivot to Africa | The Nation

The US Military’s Pivot to Africa | The Nation | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The startling size, scope, and growth of US military operations on the African continent.
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The military occupation of Africa is shocking - in particular the willingness of our governments to allow such ventures. Fifty years after independence, these governments are genuflecting to Empire again. Our elites sold us out during slavery, during colonisation, and today to the corporations, banks and US

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Lessons from the Demise of Thabo Mbeki

Lessons from the Demise of Thabo Mbeki | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

This month marks one of the most troubling anniversaries of South Africa's post-apartheid history. On the 21st of September, five years ago, Thabo Mbeki was forced to resign as President of South Africa, a mere nine months before his second term of office expired. He did so following a deeply flawed judgment by Chris Nicholson on the pending trial of Mbeki's rival for the presidency, Jacob Zuma. The judgement implicated Mbeki in political interference in the trial and paved the way for Zuma's rise to power. Since these fateful events, Zuma has used every legal trick in the book to ensure that he does not have his day in court on corruption allegations.

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Report: The Living Wage - War on Want

Report: The Living Wage - War on Want | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Please have a look at the War on Want’s latest report, The Living Wage Winning the fight for social justice, which highlights the movements and campaigns for a living wage being developed in all corners of the world. From cleaners in Britain to farm workers in South Africa, from garment workers in Cambodia to banana workers in Latin America, the global movement for a living wage is gaining ground. Many of these campaigns have achieved not only better wages for the workers involved, but also permanent contracts, direct employment, improved conditions and trade union rights for low paid workers.

 
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Rule of law under threat? South Africa might be moving towards rule of power

Rule of law under threat? South Africa might be moving towards rule of power | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
“With the Executive seeking to review the courts, have we not begun to move away from the rule of law towards the rule of power,” is the question posed by a Helen
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Failing to Feed Our People: South Africas Lacklustre Food Security Policy

Failing to Feed Our People: South Africas Lacklustre Food Security Policy | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
"Hunger" is the unwelcome daily companion of between ten and forty percent of South Africans nationally, rising to 9 in 10 in some areas. It is not as if government is unaware of the problem.
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Agrobusiness au nord du Sénégal : L'Etat parraine une spoliation grandeur nature

Agrobusiness au nord du Sénégal : L'Etat parraine une spoliation grandeur nature | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Chassée de Fanaye grâce à une prise de conscience collective, l'entreprise italo-américaine Senéthanol-Senhuile fait son atterrissange forcé à Gnith, décimant des vies entières.
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Africa has spoken! First ever Pan African Land Grab Hearing

Africa has spoken! First ever Pan African Land Grab Hearing | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Hearing gives voice to the stories of communities affected by land grabs in Africa and brings the land grab issue to policy makers and influential people and groups.
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Billionaires at play in the fields of the poor: Chinnakannan Sivasankaran

Billionaires at play in the fields of the poor: Chinnakannan Sivasankaran | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Joan Baxter profiles Indian national Chinnakannan Sivasankaran and his quest to make his Siva Group into the largest player in the production of palm oil by leasing land and establishing oil palm plantations from Papua New Guinea to Sierra Leone...
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Of commercial farming: beneath 'land grab' politics

Of commercial farming: beneath 'land grab' politics | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In Ethiopia, some 43 firms have acquired agricultural land but scores of these have already left the sector, while 16 of them are currently under probation.
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Zimbabwe Elections: What if there had been no vote rigging?

Zimbabwe Elections: What if there had been no vote rigging? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Nobody expected this monstrous victory for Mugabe-ZANU-PF, but virtually everyone I spoke to in the past year expressed their doubts whether Tsvangirai would make it in the upcoming elections. Their feelings were that MDC had made too many blunders in the past 5 years, while ZANU-PF and Mugabe had been working tirelessly and cunningly to regain lost ground.

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The TRC and CODESA Failed South Africa: Its Time We Reflected on This

The TRC and CODESA Failed South Africa: Its Time We Reflected on This | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
South Africans are failing to discuss the flaws of our vehicles of transition - the TRC and CODESA. The problem is that we saw them as "end points" rather than the beginnings of far reaching changes.
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Putting the Cartel before the Horse...and Farm, Seeds, Soil and Peasants etc: Who Will Control the Agricultural Inputs? | ETC Group

Putting the Cartel before the Horse...and Farm, Seeds, Soil and Peasants etc: Who Will Control the Agricultural Inputs? | ETC Group | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

ETC Group has been monitoring the power and global reach of agro-industrial corporations for several decades – including the increasingly consolidated control of agricultural inputs for the industrial food chain: proprietary seeds and livestock genetics, chemical pesticides and fertilizers and animal pharmaceuticals. Collectively, these inputs are the chemical and biological engines that drive industrial agriculture.

 In this Communiqué, ETC Group identifies the major corporate players that control industrial farm inputs. Together with our companion poster, Who will feed us? The industrial food chain or the peasant food web?, ETC Group aims to de-construct the myths surrounding the effectiveness of the industrial food system. In addition to data on private sector plant breeding and the commercial seed and agrochemical industries, the report includes market data for the fertilizer and animal pharmaceutical industries, as well as the highly concentrated livestock genetics industry and the fast-growing aquaculture industry. Download the pdf to read the 40-page report.

 
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