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News April 2017

Morocco. Rejoins the African Union in a surprise move.

In February, the Moroccan government surprised the international community after withdrawing its troops from the disputed Guerguerat border area with Mauritania. The realpolitik of Mohammed VI. Possible negotiations between Rabat and el-Ayoun (the capital of Western Sahara). Guerguerat has effectively served as a buffer zone monitored by UN military observers. The border demarcates the division…

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Latin America.War on the environmentalists.

A long list of ecologists who paid with their lives for their defense of the environment. Isidro Baldenegro, defender of the forests and indigenous Tarahumara leader, was assassinated last January in northern Mexico as was his father in 1986. His fight on behalfof the Sierra Madre ecosystem made him the winner of the Goldman award,…

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Kenya. Street Children. Operation Cleaning Up.

Street children in Kenya are often a nuisance to pedestrians and shopkeepers. They are also disliked by local administrators because they are a sore sight in touristic areas. They should not be there, full stop. That’s why, once and again, local politicians state their will to clean up the scene. Safety of the public, propriety…

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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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