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Archive June 2012

Treatment of Gays No Better in South Africa

Cape Town – When Junior Mayema boarded a plane to South Africa from his native Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010, he cried tears of joy because he was finally heading to a country where he could live openly as a gay man.

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Rio+20: Food at the heart of sustainable development debate

Rio de Janeiro – Food was in two ways central to discussions, last week at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development ‘Rio+20’. First, nearly a billion people still go hungry today, which calls for lasting solutions to make sure all people have access to sufficient food. Second, what we eat, as well as how and where we produce it, determines to a considerable extent how much pressure we put on the environment and natural resources.

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Ethiopia: Safe water – a glass half full

ADDIS ABABA – More than half of all Ethiopians have access to an improved source of drinking water, but the country still has much work to do if it hopes to achieve its goal of providing access to safe water and sanitation for its 83 million people by 2015, experts say.
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Africa: Euro Crisis – a Threat to African Airlines

The European economic crisis poses a serious threat to African airlines and is causing a dramatic decrease in the number of air passengers.

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Conflict heats up in the Sahara

TINDOUF, Algeria – “We’ve been building a lot of new walls lately,” says Polisario Front commander Ahmed Salem as he drives his 4 X 4 across Tindouf in Western Algeria. But the newly introduced security measures may not be enough to ensure the survival of the Western Sahrawis.

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How Swiss bank accounts are killing off Africa’s lions

Last Wednesday and Thursday, two seemingly unrelated stories broke.

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