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Farewell | LEWIS R. GORDON

Farewell | LEWIS R. GORDON | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

I, along with millions, perhaps even billions, lit a candle on the 5th of December 2013 in memory of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba orTata, as he is also affectionately known in the Xhosa language of his Native Land, Azania, known through its colonial and now post-apartheid name, South Africa.

The candlelight has many meanings in many societies. As light, it signifies disclosing a path for his new journey. For the living, it shines upon us a form of continued connection, disclosing to us something on which to reflect. And for the deeply religious, as something that must be left to its own course, it reminds us, as in the Mourner’s Kaddish of Judaism, that all is ultimately left in G-d’s hands.

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Brazil’s development bank heads for Africa

Brazil’s development bank heads for Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
BNDES will open its first Africa office as it looks to finance the expansion of Brazilian companies across the continent
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Civil society challenges Wilmar International policy to protect forests and communities

Civil society challenges Wilmar International policy to protect forests and communities | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
NGO working extensively in the forest region of Cross River State of Nigeria, expresses doubts about Wilmar International's new policy to protect forests and communities.
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Liberian communities continue to resist landgrabbing by UK company Equatorial Palm Oil

Liberian communities continue to resist landgrabbing by UK company Equatorial Palm Oil | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The RSPO complaint by Liberian communities extends to Equatorial Palm Oil’s new majority shareholder Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd of Malaysia
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Sierra Leone police open fire during anti-palm oil protest

Sierra Leone police open fire during anti-palm oil protest | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Police in Sierra Leone opened fire on Tuesday on an armed protest against the expansion of palm oil plantations operated by the international agro-investor Socfin Group, a police chief said.
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Our shame: Canada supported apartheid South Africa

Our shame: Canada supported apartheid South Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
It’s enough to make one who knows even a little history gag. The death of Nelson Mandela has led to an outpouring of vapid commentary about Canada’s supposed role in defeating South African Aparthe...
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 13, 2013 4:35 AM

Canada supported apartheid South Africa

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The Human Rights Project: Determined by the Needs of the Powerful - Ajamu Baraka

The Human Rights Project: Determined by the Needs of the Powerful - Ajamu Baraka | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

For Professor Henkin and most of the human rights establishment, the universality of human rights is uncontested. The dominant values, assumptions, legal framework, research methodologies, forms of advocacy, institutional expressions and norm-setting processes that developed over the last six decades of the “modern” human rights period are seen as a natural evolution of progressive global relations.

However, it is my contention that this view, historically decontextualized and cleansed of the nasty and brutish influences of power, race and ideology, grossly distorts the political character of the human rights project. What is projected as an apolitical, neutral human rights project is instead a partial and—for people suffering from global structures of oppression—politically-limited project and framework. The human rights idea and project is not innocent.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:14 AM

Needs of the Powerful and Human rights

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Snowden Doc: Canada Set Up Spy Posts for NSA

Snowden Doc: Canada Set Up Spy Posts for NSA | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
New revelation made possible by whistleblower reveals extremely close surveillance collaboration between the two nations 
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World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

World's leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
500 signatories including Günter Grass, Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis demand 'digital bill of rights' to curb state abuses
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How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science

How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Like fashion designers who create limited-edition handbags or suits, they know scarcity stokes demand, so they artificially restrict the number of papers they accept. The exclusive brands are then marketed with a gimmick called "impact factor" – a score for each journal, measuring the number of times its papers are cited by subsequent research. Better papers, the theory goes, are cited more often, so better journals boast higher scores. Yet it is a deeply flawed measure, pursuing which has become an end in itself – and is as damaging to science as the bonus culture is to banking.

 
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Comic Relief accused of investing in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms

Comic Relief accused of investing in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Co-founder of charity counters that investment rules mean money must be put into schemes likely to yield best returns
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This is the inevitable result of charities genuflecting to corporations in order to divert attention from their exploitation. Comic Relief's portrayal of African people as victims plays straight into this. It's about time Comic Relief and the charities were exposed.

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Person of the Year: The Public Protector

Person of the Year: The Public Protector | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Nelson Mandela was one of the outstanding persons of the 20th century, when it comes to 2013 here in South Africa there is another individual with Mandela-like qualities who deserves the accolade of Person of the Year - Public Protector, Thulisile...
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Mandela’s legacy: what if apartheid never really ended?

Mandela’s legacy: what if apartheid never really ended? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

While the battle over Mandela’s legacy rages, it would be good to look beyond his sainthood and assess the outcome of his presidency with sober eyes.

 

Just days after his passing, a fierce battle is already raging over Nelson Mandela’s legacy. On the one hand, smug liberals who have never dared to raise a finger to injustice in their own countries, and insincere conservatives who are doing everything possible to undermine human rights in their capacity as world leaders, are all over the good old man, praising him for his immense moral fortitude. Apart from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who, in an attempt to whitewash Mandela’s support for the Palestinian cause by praising him as “a fighter for freedom who rejected violence,” and whose heavily armed soldiers then proceeded to violently crack down on peaceful Palestinian gatherings in Mandela’s honor – it is hard to imagine a more hypocritical statement than the thoroughly Orwellian New York Times headline praising the founder of the ANC’s armed wing as an icon of “peaceful resistance.”

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Stolen land: Nigerian villagers want their land back from Wilmar

Stolen land: Nigerian villagers want their land back from Wilmar | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Wilmar, the world's largest palm oil processor, is building a massive plantation on forest lands illegally gifted to Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. The local community wants these lands back.
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Saudi investors leave Ethiopia

Saudi investors leave Ethiopia | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A Saudi agricultural investor warns about the failure of Saudi agricultural investments in Ethiopia and the liquidation of businesses due to the conditions set by the Saudi Agricultural Development Fund...
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African land rush by firms ‘may put lives of millions at risk’

African land rush by firms ‘may put lives of millions at risk’ | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Nedbank Capital head of Africa business Zhann Meyer referred to a number of recent acquisitions in the sector, concluding that
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Toward an Ethic of Legitimate Dissent: Academic Boycott at the American Studies Association

Toward an Ethic of Legitimate Dissent: Academic Boycott at the American Studies Association | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
At its 2013 annual conference, the American Studies Association (ASA) considered a resolution to endorse the academic boycott of Israel. Several professors proposed the resolution to the ASA’s Academic and Community Activism Caucus after ...
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Former whistleblowers: open letter to intelligence employees after Snowden

Former whistleblowers: open letter to intelligence employees after Snowden | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, Katharine Gun, Peter Kofod, Ray McGovern, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley: Blowing the whistle on powerful factions isn't, but it's the last avenue for truth, balanced debate and democracy...
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Les mythes de l’économie verte | par Molly Kane

Les mythes de l’économie verte | par Molly Kane | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

L’idée d’économie verte est portée avec enthousiasme par le Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) comme un chemin assuré vers le développement durable et le combat contre la pauvreté mondiale. Son grand rapport de 2011, Vers une économie verte : pour un développement durable et une éradication de la pauvreté, a pour but de démontrer que :

"l’écologisation de l’économie n’est pas un frein à la croissance, mais plutôt un nouveau moteur de la croissance qui génère de nouveaux emplois, et qui favorise l’élimination de la pauvreté. [Le rapport explique]

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The Lost John Lennon Interview » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The Lost John Lennon Interview » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

TARIQ ALI: Your latest record and your recent public statements, especially the interviews in Rolling Stone magazine, suggest that your views are becoming increasingly radical and political. When did this start to happen?

John Lennon: I’ve always been politically minded, you know, and against the status quo. It’s pretty basic when you’re brought up, like I was, to hate and fear the police as a natural enemy and to despise the army as something that takes everybody away and leaves them dead somewhere.

I mean, it’s just a basic working class thing, though it begins to wear off when you get older, get a family and get swallowed up in the system.

 
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Don’t Blame Mandela for Our Failure

Don’t Blame Mandela for Our Failure | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Like most radicals my age, I remember the moment I heard Nelson Mandela would walk free. I also remember exactly when I heard the apartheid regime was finally gone. I also recall Nelson Mandela’s victory tour in the wake of the moment. When Mandela won the 1994 election, I wondered how the ANC would pull off the economic changes necessary to complete its campaign of bringing social justice to the formerly racist state. Of course, I wasn’t alone in this concern. The challenges were multiple and so were the national and international defenders of the previous reality.

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As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother

As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Lola Okolosie: Fighting Page 3 and online misogyny, while praiseworthy, overshadows the work of black and minority-ethnic groups. Feminism must become feminisms
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Shackdwellers: | ROAR Magazine

Shackdwellers: | ROAR Magazine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Mandela sacrificed his life and children for us to be free. We shall continue with his struggle. We will honor Mandela by protesting against the ANC.

 

“If the ANC does to you what the Apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the Apartheid government.”

~ Nelson Mandela, Cosatu Conference, 1993

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