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Grilled for a Retweet: Press Freedom in Kenya

Monday, May 02, 2016

NAIROBI, May 02 (IPS) - In early January, Judith Akolo, a journalist with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, found herself in unfamiliar territory when she was summoned and grilled by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for retweeting a Twitter message.

Media Freedom in Africa Remains Under Attack

Saturday, April 30, 2016

JOHANNESBURG, Apr 30 (IPS) - Imagine a world without the media, where we have no verified information about what's going on around us. Where everything is hearsay and gossip, where there are no trusted sources of information. It would be hard to operate in a world like that: to make decisions about what to do about the things that affect our lives.

World Farmers’ Organisation Meeting Eyes New Markets, Fresh Investment

Friday, April 29, 2016

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, Apr 29 (IPS) - ‘No Farmer, No Food' is an old slogan that the Zambia National Farmers' Union still uses. Some people consider it a cliché, but it could be regaining its place in history as agriculture is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of the world's critical needs such as nutrition, sustainable jobs and income for the rural poor.

El Nino-Induced Drought in Zimbabwe

Friday, April 29, 2016

BUHERA, Zimbabwe, Apr 29 (IPS) - Emaciated and with their ribs jutting out, Evans Sinyoro's cattle lie on the ground overlooking a dry patch of land while the small earth dam nearby is also dry, thanks to the El Nino-induced drought wreaking havoc across Zimbabwe.

Choose Humanity: Make the Impossible Choice Possible!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

UN, New York, Apr 27 (IPS) - We have arrived at the point of no return. At this very moment the world is witnessing the highest level of humanitarian needs since World War Two. We are experiencing a human catastrophe on a titanic scale: 125 million in dire need of assistance, over 60 million people forcibly displaced, and 218 million people affected by disasters each year for the past two decades.

Musicians Champion LGBT Rights

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 (IPS) - In a recently released music video by a Kenyan artist, a young gay and lesbian couple holds hands on separate dates at a park in Nairobi. The progress of their love from kisses to more graphic bedroom scenes are threaded with past images of anti-gay headlines and protests mainly from Uganda and Kenya.

Abortion Saga: Morality vs Choice

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BLANTYRE, Malawi, Apr 27 (IPS) - Malawi considers itself ‘a god fearing nation' so much that any act ‘out of the ordinary' is said to be either satanic, a sin or demonic. Even a drink or a walk could be satanic in the country if you are not careful!

Mauritian Farmers Go Smart

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, Apr 26 (IPS) - Fifty year-old Prem Kanoosingh rages against his peers who excessively apply chemicals, mostly pesticides and fertilisers, to their crops. "They make cocktails from several products and they use them on their crops. They are criminals", he shouted at a function where the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute launched a bio-farming project in early March 2016.

Any Ways to Combat Extremism?

Monday, April 25, 2016

ROME, Apr 25 (IPS) - "The objective of extremists is for us to turn on each other our unity is the ultimate rebuke for that bankrupt strategy."

Unsung Heroes of Rural Resilience

Friday, April 22, 2016

PEMBA, Southern Zambia, Apr 22 (IPS) - In scorching heat, Ellen Kacha, inspects her almost failed maize crop, which now looks promising after a rare occurrence this season -- normal rainfall for at least two weeks.

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