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Culture March 2012

Book Review – The last two frontiers

Ethiopia stands out in African history. As any proud Ethiopian will tell you, the country has been united since Biblical times. Indeed, there is ample evidence that the Queen of Sheba – who visited King Solomon in Jerusalem – returned home pregnant. She gave birth to a boy who became Menelik I, the first emperor…

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Pokot – AK47

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  Historians and anthropologists have always been fascinated by the conflict between shepherds and farmers. It is a conflict between two cultures, two ways of looking at life and the environment. Both groups need land and water, and their interests clash. Pastoralists want to wander in the land and have access to grazing areas and…

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Cinema – Growing links

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  One key way the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (T&T) is able to grow and remain a vibrant, cutting-edge entity is through its associations with other film festivals. Some of T&T team attend major festivals such as Toronto, Miami and Cannes, and they are in partnerships with other festivals, such as Femi in Guadeloupe and ZIFF in Zanzibar.…

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Theatre – Africa in the body

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  We all are aware that Africa is the birthplace of humanity. Archaeologists keep finding new evidence of this. Now, even the arts remind us of this reality, with an original theatre piece – The Cradle of Humanity – work of South African performer Stephen Cohen. The Cradle of Humanity was first performed in Europe…

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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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