Monthly Archives: September 2013

Colombia – Living in the city

Bogotá is home to 87 indigenous communities who fight to maintain their ancestral customs based on Good Living. About 20,000 indigenous people live in Bogotá, the Colombian capital with 7.4 million inhabitants. Muisca, Kichwa, Ambika Pijao, and Inga people are organized in five cabildos — semiautonomous administrative units recognized by the city government. There are…

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Music – Soul of Morocco

Try imagining a bossanova sung in Moroccan Arabic. Then make things even more difficult: imagine the author suddenly turning into a virtuoso soul singer. Now you have an idea of what the Soul of Morocco sounds like, according to Oum El Ghait Benessarahoui. Soul of Morocco, this 35-year-old artist explained, is her third album, but…

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Uganda – Atuwa: Celebrating friendship

Atuwa is a celebration among the Karimojong, an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders living mainly in north-east Uganda. This feast is the most genuine expression of the African sense of brotherhood. In particular, it showcases Karimojong social traditions and lifestyle. The celebrations unfold between the September and November moons, at the end of the rainy…

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Benin – Cotonou by motorcycle taxi

Cotonou, Benin’s economic capital, is invaded by motorcycle taxis. In a local language they are zémidjans. They are the fastest way to get a ride from one part of the city to another. No MotoGP pilot could ever compete with reckless zémidjan drivers. Their motorbikes are fuelled by gasoline of dubious origin and leave behind…

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Research and Rating, a tool of Advocacy.

Advocacy is a strategy used around the world by NGOs, activists, and even policy makers themselves, to influence policies. Advocacy is about creating reform of…

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An Unhappy Fish.

0nce upon a time there was a colony of little fishes who lived together in their own small pool, isolated from the rest of the fish…

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Youth & Mission

Peace and Climate Justice is Needed to Save the Planet.

The world is afire again, the flames heartbreakingly consume shrubs, trees and forests in Australia, Portugal, Brazil, and recently in California and Siberia and elsewhere too.…

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