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She Who Dares Wins

The women of Zimbabwe stand tall.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Wonder and frustration: living with the animals

Mari Marcel Thekaekara’s home is on the edge of a wildlife sanctuary, which is a pleasure and a pain, as she explains.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Fall of the House of Windsor

It seemed strange that amongst the hundreds of organisations’ stallsringing the inner circle of the World Social Forum stadium in Nairobithere were only two that served food. At eye-watering prices. All theother officially-registered, slightly more reasonably-priced foodvendors, who’d paid to be there, had been firmly placed outside thegates in the so-called ‘food court’ which I didn’t even find til thesecond day, given the total lack of anything resembling signs.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Shack dwellers’ struggle

South Africa’s poor have been battling for the right to stay on their land for decades and continue to do so, despite the Government upping the ante..…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Everything free!

As we arrived this morning at the stadium where the World SocialForum is taking place, the traffic had come to a standstill. Which ispretty normal for Nairobi. But as we got out of the car to walk thefinal distance it became clear that this was no ordinary gridlock.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Anita Roddick

It’s not often I get a pang of grief from the mass media, but I gotone from the news of the sudden, premature death of Anita Roddick. .…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Chapatis against Bush!

With a renewed vigour and fresh intensity, the World Social Forumfeels like it’s beginning to hit its stride. Thanks to the Kenyanactivists’ inspiring agitation, there is a feeling of genuinepossibility in the air. WSF Organizers have made good on some of theirassurances that the Forum will be a more open space and those unable topay will be allowed in.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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First impressions

Indian journalist Sulakshana Gupta arrives in Sierra Leone, from where she will be blogging for NI over the next few months, and begins to familiarize herself with life in Freetown. Indian journalist Sulakshana Gupta arrives in Sierra Leone, from where she will be blogging for NI over the next few months, and begins to familiarize herself with life in Freetown..…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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The price of tourism

Kumar takes a small plaster elephant from the rows displayed on theglass cabinet of his shop. He starts drawing lines on the floor withits foot. 'The government wants to turn this place into a second TajMahal.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Mercury rising

Day 2 of the Forum and the wazungu (white people) are allstarting to turn various shades of pink from sunburns and heatexposure. The drums and singing are a constant thrum in the backgroundas thousands move from workshop to workshop or just wander aroundsluggishly browsing the various stalls. .…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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