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News June 2019

Africa: The Motorbike Boom.

Set to become the main mode of transport in Africa, motorcycle taxis invade roads and streets of cities, towns and villages. They are called by different names, boda boda, okada, and moto, and have come to define African city and village life in a fundamental way. The explosion of motorcycles in Africa is projected to…

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Iran. Poker Game

Trump’s anti-Iranian Efforts Are Backfiring, But the Threat of Another Middle East War Looms Large There are two winners from U.S. President Trump’s ‘diplomacy’ in the Middle East, and Iran in particular: the U.S. military industrial complex (which thrives from threats of imminent wars even more than it does from wars themselves) and the pro-Supreme…

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Eastern Africa. Tensions between Kigali and Kampala.

Tension is escalating between Uganda and Rwanda. A crisis is developing that is affecting the entire region. Tension between Uganda and Rwanda, but also at Rwandan borders with Burundi and Congo is rising.  By end April, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France and Australia told their nationals to move cautiously in particular in the border areas. On…

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Ethiopia. A Grain of Hope.

Bonga is one of the capitals of Ethiopian coffee. At the corner of every alleyway, one of those tiny coffee shops known as ‘buna bets’ is inevitably found. We start our journey to the deep heart of Ethiopia from this small town. It may be a small, plain, rural sort of town but Bonga has…

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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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