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Culture April 2012

Book Review – Kenya

Like many other countries in Africa, Kenya is not a ‘natural’ country. It was constructed not on a common ethnic or historical background, but by a complex series of events. This is why most ethnic groups leaving along the borders – from the Pokot and Luo in the West and the Somali in the east,…

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Oral Literature – People’s wisdom

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  With hundreds of ethnic groups, Africa is a haven of diversified cultures. It is also a mine for those who wish to explore the world of wisdom, often crystallized in proverbs. Here are some from around the continent. We are responsible for what we do, after all: A man cannot undo his past. Can zebras…

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Exhibition – Inventing the savage

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  Human history shows us that relationship between people of different cultures is not always easy. When we want, we are able to rely on our human commonness and create rapport. When we do not want, we struggle to find a basis to ignore or dominate others. The strategies have always been the same: show…

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Music – New strands

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  London is a vibrant scene for music, and especially for young artists who move their first steps on the music world. Among the many, there is a young singer and composer who has an interesting mix of origin, culture and production. I meet Amira Kheir in a noisy joint next to South Bank Centre,…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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