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The fair-trade chocolate ripoff

Expensive ‘fair’ chocolate does not benefit cocoa farmers. In a six-month transnational project led by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), journalists hailing from Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and the Netherlands investigated the alleged benefits received by cocoa farmers in West Africa via the FAIRTRADE label. Their conclusions are shocking: whilst the chocolate …

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Dulcie September and the non-existent ‘death squads in Europe’

A friend sent me some articles that appeared recently in the Cape Times. They deal with the murder of Dulcie September, ANC-representative in Paris, then, in 1988. The murder, of the middle-aged former schoolteacher who fought apartheid, is quite some time ago (25 years next year) indeed. And it is still unresolved. So far, the …

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Why ‘institutes of excellence’ won’t address the African publics’ information needs

This article was first published on www.gijn.org ‘Normal’ media don’t do investigative journalism anymore. That is why we need non-profit institutions, specially geared and equipped to investigate public interest issues. They will fill the gap. The position, taken by many in the Global Investigative Journalism Network, sounds so logical: if ‘normal’ media won’t do it, …

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Forward ever, backward never: the naked Zuma and the progress of outrage

After an outburst of protests from governing party and traditionalists against a painting of a naked Jacob Zuma, the countries’ lefties are upset. Sixteen-year old South Africa has ‘failed’, says a former white politician, who in the past spoke out against apartheid. ‘This is not progress’, says a media guru with a similar anti-apartheid-outspokenness history. …

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The invisible ones

And another thing. “I am not invisible”, tweets a teenager from the region in Uganda where Kony was active up to 6 years ago. “I am Acholi”.  Which, maybe, indicates the real damage done to this childs’ peers in the US, Europe and wherever else ‘invisible children’ are trending. The publics’ strings are pulled in …

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