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Culture October 2012

Book review – Eurafrique

Even though the European Union has been Africa’s largest trading partner over the last five decades, this is an area in which few African institutions have produced academically rigorous and policy-relevant knowledge. This volume seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the historically difficult relationship between Africa and the EU in the areas of…

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Music – Refugees’ band

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere…

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Cinema – Beauty will save us

  The artistic director of the African film festival of Verona, Fabrizio Colombo – a Comboni Missionary who also is the director of the web based Afriradio – was recently presented with a special prize by the Zanzibar International Film Festival. “Every year the most important festival of African cinema in East Africa – says…

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Cultural shift – Skin exposed

Coming from a background of using hides and skins to cover the bare essentials, it is wrong to argue about garment length based on what is ‘un-African’. This is what a young writer from Kenya says, adding to the debate about proper dress in African society today. Too much time has been spent debating whether…

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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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