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Stop rural slavery in South Africa! Respect the farmworkers! - Via Campesina

During the month of November last year, the world watched farmworkers strikes, particularly those working in vinyards, in the Western Cape Province, in South Africa. They were protesting against exploitation and poor working and living conditions on farms, demanding an increase in minimum wages. In many cases, South African police responded to the demonstrations with violence and intolerance and showed no respect for laws.

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De Doorns: A community enveloped by fear, anger and farmers strikes

De Doorns: A community enveloped by fear, anger and farmers strikes | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The ongoing farmworkers strike in the Western Cape looks set to intensify on Monday, as negotiations between the strike coalition and farmers broke down again on Friday.
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Washington in Africa, 2012: Who will Obama ‘whack’ next? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Washington in Africa, 2012: Who will Obama ‘whack’ next? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

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The Stuff of Investigative Journalism

The Stuff of Investigative Journalism | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
There has been very little reflection on the weaknesses of investigative journalism as it is currently practiced.
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The War On Terror Spreads to Africa: U.S. Sending Troops to 35 African Nations | Zero Hedge

The War On Terror Spreads to Africa: U.S. Sending Troops to 35 African Nations | Zero Hedge | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
America Sets Its Sights On Controlling African Resources … And Reducing Chinese Influence
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AFRICOM And ICE Conducting Biometric Identity Operations Across ...

AFRICOM And ICE Conducting Biometric Identity Operations Across ... | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Africa (AFRICOM) command and its Identity Resolution Team now cooperate with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for conducting operations in Eastern Africa.Objective: to identify some “bad actors” (KST to ...
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Police fire rubber bullets at South Africa farm strikers

Police fire rubber bullets at South Africa farm strikers | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
South African police fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of striking farm workers in the grape-growing Western Cape on Wednesday, the first clashes of a year that looked set to be dominated by fractious labor relations.
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Mombasa leaflets ask voters to boycott polls - The Star

Mombasa leaflets ask voters to boycott polls - The Star | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Mombasa leaflets ask voters to boycott polls The Star The leaflets that were distributed in Mshomoroni, Barisheba and Bakarani claim there will be a new police department in Mombasa, raising fears that the numerous guns stolen from security...
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So colonialism was bad for Africa - and that is news?

So colonialism was bad for Africa - and that is news? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Would Africa's economic development have been different without colonialism? Would it have been richer today? Debate has raged on this question for 50 years but for the first time exciting research by economic historians in ...
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Have these folk not read Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa? So are these guys earning degrees by telling us all what we already know!

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Jesse Benjamin's comment, January 13, 2013 9:21 PM
reinventing the reinvention of the wheel?
Firoze Manji's comment, January 14, 2013 5:04 AM
Brilliant, Jesse!
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UN urges swift deployment of troops to Mali - Aljazeera.com

UN urges swift deployment of troops to Mali - Aljazeera.com | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
euronews UN urges swift deployment of troops to Mali Aljazeera.com "We did hear from a spokesman with ECOWAS [the bloc of West African nations] that the UN has endorsed to go in with a military force into Mali … They did almost as good as confirm...
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S. Africa Police Disperse Farm Strikers With Rubber Bullets - Voice of America

S. Africa Police Disperse Farm Strikers With Rubber Bullets - Voice of America | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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S. Africa Police Disperse Farm Strikers With Rubber Bullets Voice of America DE DOORNS, SOUTH AFRICA — South African police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at hundreds of striking farm workers who blocked a highway in the...
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Army clashes with fighters in central Mali - Aljazeera.com

Army clashes with fighters in central Mali - Aljazeera.com | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Council on Foreign Relations (blog) Army clashes with fighters in central Mali Aljazeera.com The fighters controlling the north, including Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), and Ansar...
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France launches air strikes on Mali

France launches air strikes on Mali | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
President François Hollande responds to advance south by Islamist rebels by sending armed forces to aid Malian troops
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Once again we see France taking advantage of social and poltitical crisis to carry out imperial invasions that will protect their own interests. Mali civil society has been adamant that imperial invasion will result in a set-back for the country, and serves only to strengthen the military's control and exploitation of the people of Mali.

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Mali: Nigeria Sends Air Force Team, Commander to Mali

Mali: Nigeria Sends Air Force Team, Commander to Mali | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Government has sent an air force technical team and the commander of a planned African-led force to Mali to assist the country's military as it battles Islamists, a presidency spokesman said Saturday.

 
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Everyday inequalities: undermining our democracy, devastating our people

Everyday inequalities: undermining our democracy, devastating our people | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The shack fires in Khayelitsha are not just physically devastating, they also indicate something far deeper – the inequality that continues to plague South Africa, and will continue to do so until we all do something to change it.
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Algeria: Riot after a wave of evictions of squats in Oran leaves ...

Algeria: Riot after a wave of evictions of squats in Oran leaves ... | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In all, more than a hundred families were evicted by force yesterday morning, some of whom are from sub-Saharan Africa. Mainly if these squats were operated in complete illegality in Cavaignac and Saint-Pierre, some said ...

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ECOWAS to deploy troops to secure Mali - Aljazeera.com

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ECOWAS to deploy troops to secure Mali Aljazeera.com West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS will send troops to Mali by Monday as part of an international military campaign to contain Islamist rebel groups controlling the north of the country, an Ivory...
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UN seeks to deploy drones over DR Congo - Aljazeera.com

UN seeks to deploy drones over DR Congo - Aljazeera.com | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
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UN seeks to deploy drones over DR Congo
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"The UN needs additional modern resources - in particular drones - to be better informed, more reactive," France's UN mission said in a Twitter statement.
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US troops on special deployment in Africa

US troops on special deployment in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa deployed from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune after four months of training and preparation., News article view page
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Ten killed in renewed clashes in Tana Delta

Ten people have been killed and several others injured in a fresh outbreak of violence in Tana. The attacks occurred at about 5.30 this morning ...youtube.com

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Fitch downgrades South Africa in response to social unrest

Fitch downgrades South Africa in response to social unrest | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
beyondbrics, from the Financial Times, brings news and comment from more than 40 emerging economies, headed by China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa. We cover politics and economics, ...
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Nigeria's vital Lake Chad left out to dry - Aljazeera.com

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Nigeria's vital Lake Chad left out to dry
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Once counted as the largest water reservoirs in Africa, Nigeria's Lake Chad is rapidly shrinking due to excessive use and climate change.
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Why is Haiti no better off despite quake relief effort? - BBC News

Why is Haiti no better off despite quake relief effort? - BBC News | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Why is Haiti no better off despite quake relief effort?
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Jonathan Katz was the only full-time American reporter stationed in Haiti when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
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South Africa: Unrest in the Vineyards - New York Times

South Africa: Unrest in the Vineyards - New York Times | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Independent Online South Africa: Unrest in the Vineyards New York Times South African police fired rubber bullets at striking farmworkers who set up barricades and threw stones on Wednesday in a province whose vineyards are vital to the wine...
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S Africa: new year, new strikes as farm workers feel the squeeze

S Africa: new year, new strikes as farm workers feel the squeeze | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
It didn’t take long for the ghosts of the violent labour unrest South Africa endured in 2012 to resurface.

 

The year is not yet two weeks old, but already pictures of police in riot gear dispersing hundreds of striking workers are being beamed across South African television channels. On Wednesday, more than 1,500 farm workers in the fruit growing Western Cape Province downed their tools to demand their minimum salary – a paltry R69 a day – is raised to R150.

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