Relegated to irrelevance by UN and the West, Western Sahara people are forced into servitude by international apathy

Relegated to irrelevance by UN and the West, Western Sahara people are forced into servitude by international apathy

Fresh fruit and vegetables, sold commercially in the camps’ markets, are largely unaffordable for most Western Sahara refugees. Cheaper, processed food is available, but that has contributed to a “double burden of malnutrition”, which includes obesity among women and under-nutrition in children. Thirty-one-year-old Fatimalo Mustapha Sayed manages a community vegetable...

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Double standards: Western Sahara’s ‘frozen conflict’ boiling up again as world is hooked to war in Ukraine

Double standards: Western Sahara’s ‘frozen conflict’ boiling up again as world is hooked to war in Ukraine

Najla Mohamed-Lamin was at home with her new-born son when she received a call that her youngest brother, Hamdi*, had been hit in a Moroccan drone strike in Western Sahara, a war the international community has effectively chosen to ignore. “There were eight of them. They were just making tea...

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Analysts identify complex mixtures of botanical resins, other materials used to embalm Egyptian mummies

Analysts identify complex mixtures of botanical resins, other materials used to embalm Egyptian mummies

Labelled pots found in a 2,500-year-old embalming workshop have revealed the plant and animal extracts used to prepare ancient Egyptian mummies – including ingredients originating hundreds and even thousands of kilometres away. Chemical analysis of the pots’ contents has identified complex mixtures of botanical resins and other substances, some of...

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Why a river in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is on its ‘deathbed’ as informal settlements take up empty spaces

Why a river in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is on its ‘deathbed’ as informal settlements take up empty spaces

Vultures scavenge for dead animals along a river-turned-sewer conduit in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Its waters turn from clear to black as it traverses informal settlements and industrial hubs. The river and its tributaries cross Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum with close to 200,000 residents, and other informal settlements. It skirts dozens...

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Vaunted cryptocurrency runs into a storm as economies fight money laundering, black market crimes

Vaunted cryptocurrency runs into a storm as economies fight money laundering, black market crimes

For years, the cryptocurrency economy has been rife with black market sales, theft, ransomware and money laundering – despite the strange fact that in that economy, practically every transaction is written into a blockchain’s permanent, unchangeable ledger. New evidence suggests that years of advancements in blockchain tracing and crackdowns on...

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How writing became my refuge as a woman escaping atrocities of South Sudan’s civil war

How writing became my refuge as a woman escaping atrocities of South Sudan’s civil war

It was only a few days after I had arrived at a Ugandan refugee camp with my family in mid-2016 that I received the devastating news: Our house back home in South Sudan had been broken into, burgled, and destroyed. I had just endured a terrifying few weeks. Our hometown...

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Scientists mystified by how Africa rode waves of Covid, ignored publicised data on high risks of infection

Scientists mystified by how Africa rode waves of Covid, ignored publicised data on high risks of infection

In a video recorded and posted online by Dr John Campbell – a retired nurse educator – the contradictions between the World Health Organization’s directives regarding the need for Covid-19 shots in Africa and the actual situation on the ground are astonishing. As of December 12, 2022, WHO was still...

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Mandela prison guard: Despite Mandela’s occupation with greater good, he selflessly helped people around him

Mandela prison guard: Despite Mandela’s occupation with greater good, he selflessly helped people around him

“Nelson Mandela – I’d never heard the name before in my life,” a former prison guard to the South African icon recalls. Christo Brand casts his mind back to 1978, and his first night guarding one of the most influential people of the past century. He was just 19 years...

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Vandama Shiva: Public money is used to create infrastructure for greed, not the infrastructure of life, care and of solidarity

Vandama Shiva: Public money is used to create infrastructure for greed, not the infrastructure of life, care and of solidarity

As noted by Shiva, the industrial revolution shifted our mindset to one where we thought of nature as dead. The result was ecological destruction and the fragmentation of society. The coming economic reset is basically part of an effort to further manipulate and shift our mental framework toward something wholly...

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How philanthropy carves out new colonies Big Pharma, Big Tech exploit in form of investment

How philanthropy carves out new colonies Big Pharma, Big Tech exploit in form of investment

India recently eliminated all labour laws and currently, it is in the process of removing or amending the Farmers’ Rights Act, as well as environmental laws to ease access to food. This is what allows for the transfer of wealth to happen, social justice and anti-genetically modified organism (GMO) advocate,...

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