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Culture October 2011

Obituary – Daughter of a leopard

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Ihithe is a small village near Nyeri, on the slopes of the Aberdare Mountains. The forests that grace these high mountains use to reach down in the valley. Today the trees are gone. Farming has taken their place. When Wangari Maathai was growing up in Ihithe in the 1940, she had to come to know…

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Music – My way

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Insecurity, in South Africa, knows no barrier. All are at risk. Lucky Dube, the most successful African reggae artiste of his generation, was killed by thugs in a Johannesburg suburb in 2007. The killers wanted a few hundred bucks, and had no qualm in pulling the trigger and break a life, just for that. Today,…

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Notting Hill Carnival – Back to the roots

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Every year, the last weekend of August, Notting Hill – an upmarket neighbourhood of London – becomes alive with the Carnival organized by the Caribbean community. For two days, floats parade through the streets, while revellers can sing, dance, and eat traditional food. The carnival is rooted in the presence of a large Caribbean community,…

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Book Review – Africa’s moment

Is Africa a cursed continent? If history is a teacher, it would seem so. The very name of Africa seems to derive from a Semitic root for slave. The Latin saying ‘ex Africa simper aliquid novi’ (always something new from Africa) is a translation of a Greek adage, which was meant to be derogatory. Many…

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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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