Archive August 2012

Farming Among the Waste in Cameroon

Cameroonian urban famer Juliana Numfor has six plots of land where she grows maize, cassava, sweet potatoes and leafy vegetables, including cabbages, wild okra and greens. The soil in which her crops grow is moist and visibly marshy, and a stream of water runs near it. But if you take a closer look you will notice that the water is dark and smells unpleasant.

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Angola: Elections and Beyond

At the weekend the country’s National Electoral Commission (CNE) rejected opposition parties’ complaints and requests to postpone the elections for a month. The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), under the leadership of Isaias Samakuva, criticised the CNE as being incompetent and biased in favour of the ruling party, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

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Post-feminist never

“I’ll Be A Post-Feminist In A Post-Patriarchy”. This slogan sums up my most generous attitude towards ‘post-feminism.’ But even if we get to a post-patriarchy we’ll still need to be feminists to make sure we stay there. So actually I’ll be a post-feminist never.

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Intervention in Eastern Congo a Rising Priority for Activists

As the situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to deteriorate in the wake of an armed rebellion that began in April, some activists have strengthened calls for foreign military intervention.

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South Africa: Nation at a tipping point or democracy in action?

The Marikana massacre earlier this month evoked many memories of South Africa’s violent past and aroused fears that civil unrest and community frustrations with delivery backlogs were about to boil over. Is South Africa heading for a (as yet) leaderless revolution, or is it just an extremely engaged but angry society? So far, the ANC appears to fear more the political scavengers than the mass discontent.

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Public libraries — an underused resource for development

There are more than 230,000 public libraries in developing countries. Known and trusted in their communities, staffed by trained librarians, and increasingly connected to the Internet, they are uniquely positioned to change lives and build strong communities.

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Direttore Responsabile Giuseppe Frangi