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Review: The book about Angolan blood diamonds that landed Rafael Marques in court

Whippings, forced labour, evictions, humiliations galore and killings with impunity: you’d think you were reading about Portuguese colonial abuse in Angola. Instead, you’re reading investigative journalist Rafael Marqes’ expose of the Dos Santos regime. Mercedes Sayagues reviews the book that has the generals running scared – and that landed its author in court.

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Ruto ICC witness: Murdered by the state?

Human rights groups in Kenya are conducting their own investigation into the mysterious disappearance and death of a man linked to the crimes against humanity trial of Deputy President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court. In their preliminary findings, the groups say Meshack Yebei was murdered in a carefully planned scheme to obstruct justice in the Ruto case.

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Decent Employment Opportunities for Young People in Rural Africa

Over half of the African continent’s population is below the age of 25 and approximately 11 million young Africans are expected to enter the labour market every year for the next decade, say experts. Despite strong economic growth in many African countries, wage employment is limited and agriculture and agri-business continue to provide income and employment for over 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population.

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Nigeria: What is to be done?

This Saturday, March 28, Nigerians vote again. What is at stake? And what happens after the elections? We brought together a group of scholars to explore some of these issues–an assessment of President Goodluck Jonathan, the nature of opposition party politics, religion, ethnic politics, security, among others–in a new, free ebook, “Nigeria: What is to be done?.” Below we publish the introduction. continue reading »

Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles’

Over 70,000 participants representing social movement sectors from around the globe are taking part in the 13th edition of the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis. Paola De Meo, from Terra Nuova, reports on a session dedicated to land and water grabbing that gathers World Forum of Fisher Peoples, la Via Campesina, Roppa, Hands on the Land Coalition and Cospe. Report from Tunis by Paola De Meo.

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Open letter to 60 Minutes regarding its reporting on Africa

Dear Jeff Fager, Executive Producer of CBS 60 Minutes,

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our grave concern about the frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent by 60 Minutes. In a series of recent segments from the continent, 60 Minutes has managed, quite extraordinarily, to render people of black African ancestry voiceless and all but invisible.

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