Like political campaign contributions, today’s self-interested foreign aid often supports badly-designed development projects, imposes foreign investor-friendly policies on recipient countries, facilitates access to intended beneficiaries’ resources, helps aid-giving countries to look good on the world stage, all the while making unquestioning taxpayers in aid giving countries feel good about their supposed generosity.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and his team at the Freedom of the Press Foundation have created Haven, a free and open source personal security system for journalists and human rights defenders. The app transforms your cheap second Android phone into a device capable of capturing and reporting intrusions to your physical space and possessions.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed plan to dismantle net neutrality threatens democracy and the free exchange of ideas and information via the Internet. Even if the FCC votes to repeal net neutrality this week, the fight to save the must continue.
Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is unlikely to be held accountable for the numerous human rights abuses he committed during his 37-year authoritarian reign. His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and his military backers, won’t let it happen.
The Zimbabwe military’s coup against Robert Mugabe was not about political liberalisation and democracy. Gen. Constantino Chiwenga and other military commanders staged the “smart coup” to a) save the ruling Zanu PF party from disintegration b) install Emmerson Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s successor and c) safeguard their own personal and economic interests.
Capitalism in its current form enriches mostly privileged men and sidelines marginalized groups such as people of colour, immigrants and women. We need the courage to imagine and create new solidarity economies that prioritize people and the planet over profit.