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Culture December 2015

Music. Nneka, a project for the world

Thirty-five minutes long, and full of sound, My Fairy Tales, Nneka’s fifth album, is the best demonstration that true quality music can easily make its way to success even if it breaks some of the industry’s rules. “It’s been a few years since I released my last album [Soul Is Heavy, 2012] – the Nigerian-born…

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The papaya, a gift of God …

Sweet as honey, just slightly acidic with a pulp that varies in tones ranging from intense yellow to orange, terracotta, salmon pink and fiery red.  With a skin smooth and delicate to the touch. And powerful medicine properties. According to people from the Americas, for the pleasure and health of humankind, God created a fruit…

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Book Review – Islamic State, Rewriting History

Apart from being pointed at as the most credible menace for stability in the Middle East and the West, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Is) is also a case study for experts in history and political science. How one among the many militias active in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq could turn into a regional actor capable of…

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Guatemala. Childbirth in Maya society

The birth of a child is particularly meaningful among the Maya people since it represents a link with the divine will. The nawal, the spirit protector, is attached to  a person at the moment of his birth and thus connects the profane with the sacred world. When a woman  realises she is pregnant, she visits…

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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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