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Culture February 2013

Latin America – The Art of good living

Good living, or buen vivir in Spanish – living in harmony with oneself, other members of the community, nature and one’s surroundings – is central to indigenous life. “Each indigenous community has its own way of interpreting the concept of buen vivir,” says Cecilia Ramírez, a representative of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum and member…

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Book Review – Africa and the war on drugs

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  According to recent UN reports, African countries face an increasingly grave threat. This is not the HIV/Aids epidemic, nor ongoing conflict, terrorism, or corruption. It is a plague – not unrelated to all the former – that seemed to have spared Africa its worst depredations: drugs.Nigerian drug lords, khat-chewing Somali pirates, crystal meth-smoking gangs…

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Music – Staff Benda Bilili

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  Some years ago, Staff Benda Bilili were better known among the Kinshasa police than among music lovers. Even in a city dubbed ‘capitale de la musique’ (the capital city of music) by Congolese websites, it is not easy to become an artist if you come from a poor neighbourhood and you live on a…

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Ghana – Garments that speak of history

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  Cloth has always had a very important social function in the Ashanti kingdom. The colours and type of fabric worn underscore events and indicate the ceremonial occasion, as well as differences in status and gender. The patterns and motifs represent proverbs, anecdotes and the history of the Akan people – a history that has…

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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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