Pambazuka – ‘Africa has lost a Great Daughter’

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Pambazuka – ‘Africa has lost a Great Daughter’.

Wangari Maathai was an amazing person. I first met her in Kampala during the CODESRIA Symposium on Academic Freedom. She arrived a day after the symposium. I was informed of her presence and her need for accommodation. I went looking for her and found her in the lobby of the hotel with a small sack of her belongings she had taken with her. When I made the obvious point that [she was] too late for the symposium, she replied, with that great smile that was her trade mark: ‘I know, but I made it’…

Greece’s debt difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity — but we must plan now | Irish Examiner

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Greece’s debt difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity — but we must plan now | Irish Examiner.

THE countdown has begun. It is a matter of when, not if, the Greek government and creditors will have to reconcile a 50% default on their sovereign debt.

With total loans of €353 billion, their national output of €200bn cannot sustain repayments. More liquidity won’t resolve underlying insolvency. Even if an interim €8bn is sanctioned in coming days, it only postpones the inevitable. IMF, World Bank, G20, US Treasury, markets and now European leaders have begun to drop denial and start planning for fallout on the euro and global economy. Ireland should rethink it’s own strategy



Crystal meth seizure sparks alarm | Irish Examiner

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Crystal meth seizure sparks alarm | Irish Examiner.

DRUG experts have expressed alarm at the first major seizure in Ireland of crystal meth, a highly addictive and destructive drug that has laid waste to many US communities.  Customs and gardaí intercepted 2.5kg of the drug, with an estimated street value of €250,000, at Dublin Airport.

HIV could be ‘minor infection’ with new vaccine – World News – Independent.ie

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HIV could be ‘minor infection’ with new vaccine – World News – Independent.ie.

HIV could be reduced to a “minor chronic infection” akin to herpes, scientists developing a new vaccine have claimed.   Spanish researchers found that 22 out of 24 healthy people developed an immune response to HIV after being given the MVA-B vaccine.

Number of women and children unable to find refuge up 38% in Ireland

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Number of women and children unable to find refuge up 38%.

WOMEN AND children in situations of domestic violence could not access refuges more than 3,000 times last year, a 38 per cent increase on equivalent figures for 2009, a report has found

Africa Center for Strategic Studies – Media Review for September 28, 2011

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Africa Center for Strategic Studies – Media Review for September 28, 2011

The Peace Corps and American Interest in Africa

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The Peace Corps and American Interest in Africa.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps by President John F. Kennedy and his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver. President Kennedy founded the Peace Corps just at the moment that most sub-Saharan African states were moving toward independence, a process that was welcomed by anti-colonial Americans. He also tapped into the American idealism that flourished in the 1960′s, which included dramatic progress toward racial and gender equality in the United States…

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