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Archive November 2012

The Price of Ignoring the Sexuality of Kenya’s HIV-Positive Youth

It all started with a fight, one that would change his life forever. It was in that moment of fighting with another teenage boy that Cedric Owino from the sprawling Mathare slum, one of Kenya’s biggest informal settlements, accidentally discovered that he was HIV positive.

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BRICS bloc’s rising ‘sub-imperialism’

The heads of state of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) network of governments are coming to Durban, South Africa, in four months, meeting on March 26-27 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Africa’s largest venue. Given their recent performance, it is reasonable to expect another “1%” summit, wreaking socioeconomic and ecological havoc. And that means it is time for the first BRICS countersummit, to critique top-down “sub-imperialist” bloc formation, and to offer bottom-up alternatives.
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South Sudan Oiling Up for Self-Reliance

As South Sudan continues negotiations with Sudan regarding the resumption of oil production and transit, the South Sudanese government says that it is developing its own industry and will start producing fuel for domestic consumption within the next eight months in order to avoid continued reliance on its neighbour.

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Climate funds must help integrate climate into policy

At last year’s conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), countries decided that “comprehensive, iterative assessments of development needs and climate vulnerabilities” should form the basis for national climate adaptation programmes. [1]

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European Commission Signs Pact to Protect Traditional African Agricultural Products

The European Commission signed a cooperation agreement with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) on November 26 inZanzibar-Tanzania. The move is aimed at improving the protection of traditional agricultural products (geographical indications or “GIs”) inAfrica.

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Taking the Knowledge of Doha Back to Kenya’s Rural Communities

The skyscraper Qatari capital city of Doha is a far cry from Cecilia Kibe’s home in Turkana district, a remote area in Kenya inhabited by mostly nomadic communities and pastoralists hit hard by the effects of climate change. But the agriculturalist-cum-sociologist has come here to the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), thanks to funding from the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice (MRFCJ), to sit and listen as scientists, researchers, top government officials and activists argue their case.

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