Culture April 2014

Mexico – The Planting Celebration

Mexico is a country that has venerated corn for many centuries. This is evident not only in the varied cuisine based on this grain, but also in the many enduring customs related to its worship. We look at the planting celebration. Corn is the divine grain, a key component of the human myth of origin…

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Uganda – The Blessing ceremony

In the Karimojong group living in north-east Uganda, time is marked by ethnic seasonal festivals. ‘Akitocol’, is one of these, it is the eldersí feast: male youth make offerings of respect to the elderly (ngikasikou) in the form of meat. Karimojong individuals become official members and can have their say in the community after they…

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Music – Corneille, make me peace

‘It’s the red squares in Rue Saint Denis, it’s the homecoming in Kigali, it’s the Maghreb in spring, it’s president Mandela’. These lines, originally sung in French, from the opening track, Le sommet de nos vies (the peak of our lives) are probably the best possible synthesis of the content of Corneille’s newest album, Entre…

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The Locust Effect

This is a book you should avoid reading, if you do not want to have nightmares, that is. The Locust Effect is a book that starts hard and never lets go. From the word go, it offers a gruesome description of awful crimes, crimes that you will find reprehensible. And yet, they are nothing less…

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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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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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