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Letter of Recommendation Schleich Figurines
the same name — “Schleich” — in minuscule lettering. Just below were the words “Schwäbisch Gmünd,” a little town in southern Germany, I soon learned, where the 83-year-old company makes many of these beguilingly lifelike beings
toy  moi  animal  africa  childhood  model  daily  table  home  decoration 
march 2018 by aries1988
The Interpreter: A British crime drama bleeds into the real world
The researchers concluded that popular television shows’ portrayals of family life led to these changes by shifting public perceptions about the appropriate role of women.
Television isn’t new to Britain, of course. But in a world where media consumption is increasingly fragmented, popular shows are one of the few mass experiences left. That kind of shared understanding is rare, and it can be a powerful thing for politicians to take advantage of.
tv  africa  mentality  family  female  crime  uk  2018 
february 2018 by aries1988
Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer
The "marshmallow test" is a famous experiment for studying kids' self-control. For the first time, a psychologist gave the test to kids outside Western culture. And they crushed it.
moi  children  comparison  psychology  germany  africa  cameroon 
july 2017 by aries1988
Le boum de l’aquaculture et des farines de poisson aux dépens de l’alimentation des pays du sud
L’ONG écologiste Bloom alerte sur les méfaits de la surexploitation des petits poissons, réduits en farine alors qu’ils étaient autrefois consommés.
fishing  africa 
february 2017 by aries1988
Afrique du Sud: la découverte homo Naledi - RFI
Retour un événement important en Afrique du Sud. La découverte d’un nouvel ancêtre de l’homme, baptisé homo Naledi, qui a été présenté à grand public il y a quelques...
paleo  human  origin  discovery  africa 
january 2016 by aries1988
The dirty delta: Nigeria, oil and Saro-Wiwa
“Lord rest my soul, but the struggle continues,” Ken Saro-Wiwa said as he was hanged following a peaceful uprising against Shell’s operations in the Niger Delta. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the execution of the author and activist by the then military authorities, but most people in Nigeria’s oil-rich region still live in poverty, amid catastrophic pollution. Shell and Eni, another big oil company, documented over 550 spills last year alone. Such investors blame militancy and vandalism for the environmental disaster—both are indeed problems—but many of their pipelines are rotting and the clean-up contracts are widely criticised. A recent Amnesty International report accused Shell of making “false claims” about restoring polluted sites (which it denies); UN plans for a serious mop-up are gathering dust. An amnesty ended an insurgency in the Delta in 2009, but it expires next month. Frustrated youths may resort to more violent means than the charismatic and revered Saro-Wiwa.
africa  oil&gas 
november 2015 by aries1988
The Voyages Issue: Six Photographers on Their Dream Journeys
Photo essays from around the world by Bieke Depoorter, George Georgiou, Glenna Gordon, Alec Soth, George Steinmetz and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
world  photo  africa  travel 
november 2015 by aries1988
In France, kids of African descent are forbidden from practicing a cultural code at school
We all know that sound and speech is how we communicate our thoughts and sentiments, but not all sounds are pillars of good communication. The ‘tchip’ or ‘kissing of teeth’, for example, rooted firmly in African and Afro-Caribbean culture, expresses disapproval, contempt, disagreement, anger or as French minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira explained it: a...
africa  france 
june 2015 by aries1988
Prince de Merode's Last Stand in Virunga, Africa's Most Dangerous Park -
One obstacle remained: As de Merode was prepped for surgery, it became apparent that his team of surgeons — local Congolese assisted by Indians from a nearby UN base — shared no language. The former spoke French but no English; the latter, English but no French. And so the patient, fluent in both, translated the beginning of his own surgery: "Le scalpel."
story  animal  africa  european 
may 2015 by aries1988
The next failed state
And the poison in Libya is seeping out across a great swathe of the Sahel, Africa’s scrublands south of the Sahara desert, from Mali in the west, through Niger and northern Nigeria, eastwards on to Sudan and Somalia, and even as far as Egypt’s Sinai desert abutting Israel. Arab tribes and other ethnic groups in the country’s rugged south are running amok, smuggling arms, trafficking people and providing havens and succour to assorted ne’er-do-wells and jihadists pledging allegiance to al-Qaeda and even to the murderous Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

In the end, it is for the Libyans to save Libya. Their task should be far easier than it is for, say, the Syrians, Iraqis or Yemenis, because Libya is a rich country with a small population that is fairly homogeneous in terms of religion, class and ethnicity. But they still need help. A chaotic Libya is too dangerous to the world to be left alone.
today  africa  crisis 
february 2015 by aries1988
From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard
But of course, he is not. He is an example of the potential buried even in humanity’s most hopeless haunts, and a sobering reminder of how seldom it is mined.

“People work hard for everything,” he said. “They do things fast, and they move fast. They tell you the truth; they tell you their experiences and their reservations. In Rwanda, we have a different way of talking to adults. We don’t shout. We don’t be rowdy. But here, you think independently.”
story  usa  africa 
january 2015 by aries1988

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