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Islamists used hostage payoffs from Nicolas Sarkozy's government to fund Mali raids

Islamists used hostage payoffs from Nicolas Sarkozy's government to fund Mali raids | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A former US ambassador to Mali, has claimed Nicolas Sarkozy’s government paid $17m (£11m) to free French hostages seized from a uranium mine in its former colony, Niger, in 2010.
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Tunisian Islamists disown PM over move to defuse crisis

Tunisian Islamists disown PM over move to defuse crisis | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's governing Islamists rebuffed on Thursday a plan by their party chief and prime minister to replace the government after unrest erupted over the killing of an opposition leader, deepening the worst crisis since the...

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French charge north in Mali, Bamako shooting kills two

French charge north in Mali, Bamako shooting kills two | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
BAMAKO/GAO, Mali (Reuters) - French forces hunting Islamist rebels in northern Mali parachuted into a strategic town and took control on Friday, but a suicide bombing further south and the killing of two...
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Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition | Open Society Foundations

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition | Open Society Foundations | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations.
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One Fine Day Film Workshop

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African filmmakers telling their own stories, this is what One Fine Day Film Workshop is about.

Treasuring African stories and wanting to enable talented filmmakers to reach a larger amount of viewers, the independent film production company ONE FINE DAY FILMS developed with DW Akademie and GINGER INK a training workshop concept called One Fine Day Film Workshop.

The training is closely adapted to the individual requirements of African film enthusiasts today and aimed at the professionalization of the craft of filmmaking. It provides the instruction of young filmmakers in various departments by professional filmmakers, as well as the realization of a feature film as an on the job training that conveys filmmaking in practice.

 
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Police station in Tunisian capital ransacked amid clashes with police — RT

Police station in Tunisian capital ransacked amid clashes with police — RT | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Protesters have raided a police station in Tunis, witnesses say, after clashes where police fired tear gas. There have been large scale demonstrations in the country after the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid on Wednesday.

 

 

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Disaster Capitalism in the Maghreb: War, Refugees and Profit in West Africa

Disaster Capitalism in the Maghreb: War, Refugees and Profit in West Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

The British security firm G4S is set to rake in massive profits thanks to crises in Mali, Libya and Algeria. Recognized as the world’s biggest security firm, the group’s brand plummeted during the London Olympics last year due to its failure to satisfy conditions of a government contract. But with growing unrest in North and West Africa, G4S is expected to make a speedy recovery.

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Private security firms, like the development and humanitarian NGOs, have a vested interest in crises, conflicts and insecurity.

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farmlandgrab.org | The global farmland rush

farmlandgrab.org | The global farmland rush | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture.
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farmlandgrab.org | Indian companies' investments in Ethiopia displace people: Activists

farmlandgrab.org | Indian companies' investments in Ethiopia displace people: Activists | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Indian companies that have invested in agriculture in Ethiopia are under fire from civil society groups. The companies have been accused of large-scale land grabbing, which has led to displacement of the tribal population there.
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Corporate Sponsored Research: Are Universities restricting scientists’ study of genetically modified seeds

Corporate Sponsored Research: Are Universities restricting scientists’ study of genetically modified seeds | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

February 5, 2013 - THE CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE The Chronicle of Higher Education By Goldie Blumenstyk 

In a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this month, advocates for academic researchers are urging the justices to reverse a patent-infringement decision that has given the Monsanto Company broad authority to restrict scientists’ study of genetically modified seeds. The decision, the advocates say, not only hurts farmers and fuels higher food prices; it also contributes to “the suffocation of independent scientific inquiry into transgenic crops.”.. http://www.cornucopia.org/2013/02/in-standing-up-for-big-ag-are-universities-undercutting-their-own-researchers/

 

1.  SEEDING DEEP DEMOCRACY - VIDEO - Vandana Shiva http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1054461972/seeding-deep-democracy-vandana-shiva

2.  THE SEED PATENT GAME: Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research? - Scientific American http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/946593435/the-seed-patent-game-do-seed-companies-control-gm-crop-research-scientific-american

 


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pdjmoo's curator insight, February 6, 2013 7:59 PM

This is why it is so difficult to get genuine, independent research on the adversities of genetically engineered food and its impact on the human body.  Remembering that they require lashings of Monsanto's pesticides and chemicals ... also going into the bodies of you and the environment.

Further, by patenting the gene altered seeds they are able to deny permission for research/investigation.   A fixed game that needs to be brought into the light of law.

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Documents on the Shell legal case — Milieudefensie

Documents on the Shell legal case — Milieudefensie | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Since May 2008 four Nigerian citizens and Friends of the Earth Netherlands/Nigeria are filing a unique lawsuit against Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell.
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Cities Need to Plan with the Poor, Not for the Poor

Cities Need to Plan with the Poor, Not for the Poor | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Recent riots in Zamdela in the Free State have brought the issue of community participation in development decision-making into sharp focus.

 

“People who live in the shacks have other people planning for their lives; whatever they get is not planned with them; there are people planning for them.” – Resident of Siyanda, eThekwini

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Exclusive: Chrétien played key role in controversial Chad oil deal

Exclusive: Chrétien played key role in controversial Chad oil deal | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Former prime minister helped clinch energy pacts for Calgary company that wound up pleading guilty to bribery

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It constantly amazes me that we in the South are characterised as 'corrupt' when the scale of corruption manifested in the advanced capitalist countries is on an unimaginable scale.

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Kenyan Oil, Hot and Getting Hotter: Interview with Taipan's Maxwell Birley

Kenyan Oil, Hot and Getting Hotter: Interview with Taipan's Maxwell Birley | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Global Geopolitics & Political Economy By. James Stafford of http://oilprice.com Kenya has become the hottest oil and gas venue in East Africa since big discoveries were made in the country's virgin oilfields last April.

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David Harvey- The Crises of Capitalism

Radical sociologist David Harvey asks: is it time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that reall...

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Shadi Hamid Speaks About Political Islam in Tunisia

Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Institute, talks about the meteoric rise of the ruling Islamist Ennahdha party that came to power followin...
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Egypt: Scenes From a Besieged City

Egypt: Scenes From a Besieged City | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

It is dark, pitch dark, on the streets of Port Said. Small groups of young men are gathering in the center of the city, mostly around burnt out cars. Some are very restless. They shout and gesticulate, furious.

Fires are burning in the middle of the streets. After recent clashes between police and protesters – or, more precisely, after a recent rampage by police, during which they killed both protesters and bystanders – there seems to be no armed forces in sight.

 
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Tunisia in 'State of Siege' Following Opposition Killing

Tunisia in 'State of Siege' Following Opposition Killing | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

One day after the "shocking" killing of opposition leader Shokri Belaid, Tunisia remains in a "state of siege" as labor leaders call for a general strike and continued street demonstrations against the government spark deep internal rifts.

In the North African state that gave birth to the Arab Spring uprisings, the main trade union federation, the UGTT, has called a national strike on Friday in protest of the killing of the leftist opposition politician. The federation also called on authorities to declare Friday a national day of mourning.

 
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Update: Tunisia to Dissolve Government After Assassination, Day of Mass Protests

Update: Tunisia to Dissolve Government After Assassination, Day of Mass Protests | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

After a day of massive protests in Tunisia, ruling Islamist party Ennahda dissolved its coalition government on Wednesday, promising rapid new elections.

The day saw the biggest street protests since the country's revolution two years ago.

The protests were sparked after a well known political opposition leader, Shokri Belaid, was shot dead outside of his home Wednesday morning.

Protesters took to the streets in cities across the country throughout the day, as police and protesters clashed amongst clouds of teargas.

 
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People before profit is the call at Africa’s Mining Indaba | Industriall

People before profit is the call at Africa’s Mining Indaba | Industriall | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Outside Africa’s annual meeting of mining corporates and senior government officials, activists protested the exclusion of civil society that represent the actual owners of the continent’s huge mineral wealth chanting, “nothing about us without us”.

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farmlandgrab.org | Landowners or laborers: What choice will developing countries make?

farmlandgrab.org | Landowners or laborers: What choice will developing countries make? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Would developing countries choose a development path built on inclusiveness, respect for the rights of their citizens, and the rule of law? New document available online

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Major break through for complaints on economic, social and cultural rights - UNCHR

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday applauded the upcoming entry into force of a key Protocol to an international treaty which will, for the first time, enable individual complaints on economic, social and cultural rights, thereby helping place all human rights on an equal footing.

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The GMO Seed Cartel - How biotechnology companies monopolize global seed markets

The GMO Seed Cartel - How biotechnology companies monopolize global seed markets | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

February 01, 2014 The Organic & Non-GMO Report

The introduction of genetically modified crops has corresponded with increasing monopolization of seed by biotechnology companies and higher seed costs that have led to tragedies in some countries, while pushing out conventional, non-GMO seeds, and reducing farmer seed choices. These impacts are being seen in the United States, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and South Africa, and even Europe. http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/february2013/the-gmo-seed-cartel.php

 

February 5, 2012 BIG AG CORPORATE-SPONSORED RESEARCH - ARE UNIVERSITIES UNDERCUTTING THEIR OWN RESEARCHERS? Cornucopia Institute http://www.cornucopia.org/2013/02/in-standing-up-for-big-ag-are-universities-undercutting-their-own-researchers/

 

THE SEED PATENT GAME: Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research? http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/946593435/the-seed-patent-game-do-seed-companies-control-gm-crop-research-scientific-american

 

Jan 18, 2013 THE GMO KILL - ,MONSANTO'S GMO PATENTED SEEDS WANT TO RULE THE WORLD http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3995255998/monsanto-s-gmo-patented-seeds-want-to-rule-the-world-the-gmo-kill

 

>>>>>>>  CONTROL OF GLOBAL SEED BUSINESS REVEALED - Corporate Ethics Watch International http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15489

 

THE GLOBAL CHEMICAL BIOTECH CARTEL - AN UNPRECEDENTED POWER OVER WORLD GOOD SUPPLY http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1716244040/the-global-chemical-biotech-cartel-an-unprecedented-power-over-world-agriculture-and-human-health

 

GENETIC ENGINEERING AND THE GMO INDUSTRY: CORPORATE HIJACKING OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3994750421/corporate-hijacking-of-food-and-agriculture-genetic-engineering-and-the-gmo-industry

 

 


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CineversityTV's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:35 AM

change global, act local.

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, February 12, 2013 1:24 AM

A number of vital summary here. It is in your interest that you understand the key issues and get to the bottom of what is going on. AND TAKE ACTION.

 

The plan is to control food in such a manner that accessibility to food no more remains your right. That fundamental right has been undermined already; all that remains is a formal announcement. In India, UPA-II under Man Mohan Singh is directly responsible for this situation. That's why I have been consistently writing that this Government should be charged with treason.

 

Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, February 12, 2013 5:54 AM

This is a hugely important issue.

 

The outcome of the struggle between commercial and genetically modified seeds on the one hand and the age-old tradition of farmers saving their own seed and exchanging with neighbors on the other concerns us all. 

 

Our future food security depends utterly on the second option winning over the first.

Check out Vandana Shiva's video. Saving seeds from big AG http://vimeo.com/59404290
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Anti poverty and human rights groups shoulder-to-shoulder with Idle No More | Toronto Star

Anti poverty and human rights groups shoulder-to-shoulder with Idle No More | Toronto Star | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Aboriginal peoples disproportionately experience poverty, inadequate housing and homelessness, hunger and ill health.
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Pesticides & prostate cancer. Again. |

Pesticides & prostate cancer. Again. | | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

JAN 23, 2013 - PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK:

New research shows that men exposed to certain agricultural pesticides are more likely to develop "aggressive" forms of prostate cancer. This latest news confirms earlier findingslinking pesticide exposure with this type of cancer, which is the third most common cause of cancer death among males.

The recent study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, looked at exposure data from the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) and cancer incidence information from state registries. The numbers showed that workers in Iowa and North Carolina exposed to certain organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides had significantly higher prostate cancer risk... http://www.panna.org/blog/pesticides-prostate-cancer-again


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