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Culture March 2014

Music – Aynur Dogan

It is not easy to fit Aynur Dogan’s music into a scheme, and not only because she mostly sings in a language the majority of people cannot understand, Kurdish. Let’s take, for instance, her 2010 album Rewend: the first two tracks, had fast, almost hypnotic rhythms; then, Xewn (Ruya) and Kocere (Gocer Kizi) mark a…

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Book Review – Land Grabbing

When addressing the issue of land deals in Africa, numbers are all that seems to matter to the media. Higher figures mean bigger headlines, and longer reports: but are they accurate? And, most importantly, is the exact amount of land purchased the only relevant issue when talking about the so-called ‘land-grabbing’? In his book The…

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Maasai – Animals used for Peace ceremony

The Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania are all cattle keepers. The economy of the Maasai is based on their cattle and all the social aspects of the community are based on livestock. During drought or famine the Maasai exchange livestock with other communities such as the Kikuyu, Okiek or Kamba. They give butter in an…

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Mexico – Communality as a way of life and resistance

The indigenous Zapotec cultural system of living in harmony with nature coincides with the Andean concept of Good Living. In Sierra Juárez, state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, people live the experience of communality. “We are communality, the opposite of individuality, we are communal territory, not private property; we are cooperating, not competing; we are…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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