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Midweek News is Fallin’

What’s been happening in your world? I’m settling into fall, and the world is falling into…well, the spiral it has always been in.

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News Appetizers for All Your Weekend Needs

Here’s the news to keep you in-the-loop for all those dinner parties Tumblr arguments this weekend.

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News in Africa: 02/21/2013

It’s Thursday, Persephoneers, and I’m back with another round of news from Africa! After the jump, we’ve got updates on the Pistorius case in South Africa and a whole lot more.

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News in Africa: 02/14/2013

This week brings us tragedy, hope, and justice – not in that order. Without further ado, let’s jump in…

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News in Africa: 12/20/2012

This week’s update on Africa is the bee’s knees with some encouraging and heartwarming news amidst updates on the political scene.

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News in Africa: 12/06/2012

It’s another week, and Africa’s been hopping. From conflict development to genomes to billionaires, there’s a bunch to cover, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

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News in Africa: 11/15/2012

Various diplomats are urging Morocco and Western Sahara to enter serious negotiations to avoid outright conflict. Because of continuing unrest in Mali, there are fears that this instability will spread, igniting smoldering hostilities between Morocco and Western Sahara.

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News in Africa: 10/18/12

News from Africa for the past week is a bit of a mixed bag. Highlights include a change in imperialistic attitudes from Europe toward Africa and a woman being elected to a prestigious office for the first time. Lowlights include a war criminal and unstable governments. More details after the jump.

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Travel

Being a TCK: “Saudade”

Saudade is a unique Portuguese word with no immediate translation into English. It describes an emotional state of longing or deep nostalgia for something or someone that is not immediately present or may even be unattainable. Tied up in this is the idea that there can be no thorough resolution of this state, that the […]

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Kenya’s Last Cowboys

“Now, please, you must believe me when I tell you this,” Roger said, leaning in close off his rickety bar stool. His breath was choked with smoke and his shirt, unbuttoned halfway down his tan, graying chest, billowed in the evening breeze. “However,” he paused for a moment, his face getting somber as he took […]

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News Appetizers! To get you through the mid-day news cravings.

First and foremost: don’t forget to have set your clocks back yesterday! I know, you didn’t forget, and if you did, you’ve already had a hilarious mixup and realized your mistake. But I needed an excuse to complain about the fact that I only got 23 hours’ worth of birthday this year. Boo. Hiss.

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International Women's Issues

Defining Exploitation: New Trends in Sex Tourism

Ida, a German woman in her mid-fifties, strolls down Diani beach on the coast of Kenya. Her hair is dyed blonde, her bikini is blue and she’s eagerly waiting for her new boyfriend to join her for drinks. “He just has a way about him,” she says, and her smile brightens as Faridi, a tall […]

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Thar She Goes: A Lady in Nairobi

There’s been enough of poetic prose spilt on the languid art of vagabonding. Hemingway, Kerouac, and Frost have the grit, beauty and mystique of the road firmly covered. So without even attempting to add my name to that pile let me just say this: sometimes a lady needs to get the fuck out of town. 

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International Women's Issues

International Women’s Issues: Wangari Maathai and Environmentalism in Kenya

On September 26, 2011, the world lost a great force for good: Wangari Maathai passed away. I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay homage to the work of this amazing woman. She was a professor, an environmentalist, a scientist, an activist for democracy and human rights, a parlimentarian, a peacemaker, and so much more. She’s […]