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Culture July 2013

Book Review – The wrong scramble

Equatorial Guinea is one of the world’s poorest countries. The two main islands offer little, while the Rio Muni, the portion of country on mainland Africa, has some natural resources. People live in poverty. In 1996, oil was discovered offshore and, from 2004, it has contributed to the rise of national GDP. On paper, Equatorial…

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Uruguay – Mate, the herb of friendship

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Visitors aren’t truly welcomed to Uruguay until they try their first round of mate. It is the supreme proof of friendship rooted in the history of the Southern Horn of Latin America. Not all enjoy the initiation. Once they overcome their reluctance – sharing the same pot with others and digesting a hot, bitter infusion…

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Peru – Earth interwoven in the soul

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The rich textile tradition in Peru has created a time-honoured dialogue between the land and its inhabitants that has played out like the strains of an unusual symphony. Every small town has its own unique cloak. Every community has its homespun cloth, and every culture its breathtaking legacy. Each piece of fabric is imbued with…

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Equatorial Guinea – The village clown

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The Ndowe people of Equatorial Guinea live along the banks of the Rio Muni. Of all their traditional feasts, the Mekuyo celebration stands out for its rich popular flavour. Any social event is reason to celebrate. The Mekuyo – the clown, as the Ndowe call him – is completely covered with small bamboo canes tied…

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Advocacy

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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Baobab

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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