The Canadian Progressive: The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?

Some critics argue that the neo-liberal policies advanced by powerful non-governmental organizations, NGOs, limit states’ influence and sovereignty while benefiting NGOs. In Africa, NGOs also place Africans at the mercy of donors. The post The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Canadian Dimension: Returning to the Home that is No More There

Photo by Daniel A. Anderson/University Co/Random House Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (b. 1938), a Kenyan writer, is one of the most prominent African anti-colonial authors. He lived during the British colonial rule in Kenya, and was very young when he experienced the destruction of the village in which he was born, destroyed by the British colonizers. ...

Things Are Good: Renewables Had a Record Year in 2016

Renewable energy production is growing more every year and 2016 was no exception to that growth. In 2016 capacity of renewables increased by 8.7% and for the first time solar growth outpaced wind energy. Unsurprisingly the majority of the growth occurred in Asia seeing 58% of global growth happening in that one continent. Africa saw ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will BC’s climate plan be BC’s latest fudge-it budget?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 BC’s Climate Leadership Plan is missing in action.  Originally planned for release in December 2015, at the Paris Climate Talks, its release has been repeatedly delayed, with recent speculation pointing towards a dead-of-summer, don’t look now, release. BC’s Climate Leadership Plan is missing in action.  Originally planned for release in December ...

Things Are Good: AU Passport Launches for Government Workers

The African Union has announced that a significant step has been made to creating free movement between borders. That significant step is a special passport for government officials and head of state who need to travel between countries. The passport is only useful for a small group of people but it shows that the AU ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Does Kenya’s Climate Change Act lead the way for climate lawsuits?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 It might seem a bit odd for Environmental Law Alert (based in BC, Canada) to be reporting on developments in Kenyan environmental law, but Kenya’s new Climate Change Act, 2014, brought into force in May 2016, contains a provision that is worth talking about around the world – one which provides ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disaster, as Canadians have been deployed state-side ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disaster, as Canadians have been deployed state-side ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: South Africa helping Fort McMurray: A new chapter in diplomatic relations? #ymmfire

By the time Fort McMurray was evacuated this spring, Canada had suffered its worst wildfire in generations. Images of the small Canadian city engulfed in flames went viral, as frightened city residents fled for their lives. Despite boasting first rate infrastructure, first world resources and a multi-provincial firefighting brigade, the wildfire still burns out of ...

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: South Africa helping Fort McMurray: A new chapter in diplomatic relations? #ymmfire

By the time Fort McMurray was evacuated this spring, Canada had suffered its worst wildfire in generations. Images of the small Canadian city engulfed in flames went viral, as frightened city residents fled for their lives. Despite boasting first rate infrastructure, first world resources and a multi-provincial firefighting brigade, the wildfire still burns out of ...

Canadian Dimension: The SACP sold out

Photo from Public Domain Address by Zwelinzima Vavi to the NUMSA National Bargaining Conference, Boksburg, 23/4/16 Comrade, President Andrew Chirwa, National Office Bearers, Members of the Central Executive Committee one and all, I am very pleased to be able to address the Collective Bargaining Congress of the mighty NUMSA (National Union of Metalworkers of South ...

Things Are Good: Meningitis Outbreak in Africa Will Not Happen

Meningitis has killed a lot of people, most of them in Africa in what is referred to as “the meningitis belt”. Every couple of years a meningitis outbreak flares up and ravages many countries, but not this year. This year meningitis was beaten by a cadre of countries and organizations. Many lives will be saved ...

The Disaffected Lib: How’s This For a Script? Warning – It’s a Tough Read.

Young men and women, conscripts, manning the ramparts at Festung (fortress) Europa as legions of desperate migrants approach seeking safety. As the steely commander shouts the order the young defenders reluctantly open fire on the horde knowing they have no other choice – the migrants carry among them a highly infectious strain of cholera. Sounds ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: With Millions To Spare, Here’s How to Save Thousands of Lives

This rich couple is doing good with their money. Regina caught sight of a jacket in the water during the cruise, and when she asked about it, she was told it might belong to a dead migrant who was trying to find safety in Europe. While some Europeans criticize the rescue operation, saying it draws ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Lethally Inadequate Response to the Ebola Epidemic

We are still awaiting our first case of Ebola.And even though the risk of a major outbreak in Canada is almost negligible, in the emergency rooms of the nation, doctors, and nurses, are already struggling to contain an epidemic of fear.Not just the irrational fears of their patients, but legitimate fears over their own safety. Linda Haslam-Stroud, ...

Canadian Dimension: Hotel Propaganda

Photo by Fanny Schertzer On the evening of April 6, 1994 a plane carrying the Hutu leaders of both Rwanda and Burundi was shot down as it approached Kanombe airport.1 The assassins had little trouble targeting the flight as only one of the two runways was open, the other having been closed two months earlier ...

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Hotel Propaganda

On the evening of April 6, 1994 a plane carrying the Hutu leaders of both Rwanda and Burundi was shot down as it approached Kanombe airport.1 The assassins had little trouble targeting the flight as only one of the two runways was open, the other having been closed two months earlier on the orders of ...

bastard.logic: How An Algorithim Caught The Ebola Outbreak

Science: this is why we keep you around: Nine days before the World Health Organization announced the African Ebola outbreak now making headlines, an algorithm had already spotted it. HealthMap, a data-driven mapping tool developed out of Boston Children’s Hospital, detected a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” after mining thousands of web-based data sources for clues. “We’ve ...

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Wow. Don’t try this at home! * Man Tries To Hug A Wild Lion, You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!

Things Are Good: Ethiopia Opens Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

Ethiopia is looking to massively expand their energy infrastructure and renewable sustainable energy is a key part of their strategy. This is great to see new energy installations focus on the long-term effectiveness and viability of projects. “Various studies have proved that there is potential to harness abundant wind energy resources in every region of ...

The Disaffected Lib: New Research Reveals How Quickly Climate Change Impacts Set In

The Sahara desert is about the driest spot in the world.  It wasn’t always that way.  It wasn’t always a desert.  About 10,000 years ago it looked like the grasslands of other parts of Africa today.  Then it changed and new research from the Horn of Africa shows it likely changed in a geological heartbeat.  ...

The Canadian Progressive: Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic

Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic. The post Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Refuge #StopURdeportations

It’s been a year since a Regina Walmart illegally hired two foreign students, and triggered a drama with them confined to churches granting them sanctuary from the Harper Government’s punitive mean streak. For Immediate Release June 18, 2013 One Year Anniversary: University Students Still in Hiding This week marks one year since two University of ...

Things Are Good: Brazil Restructures Debt With African Countries

Brazil has announced that they will essentially “write off” about $90 million in debt from African nations. This is for helping the countries alleviate their huge levels of debt while helping create stronger economic ties between Brazil and their indebted partner nations. “To maintain a special relationship with Africa is strategic for Brazil’s foreign policy.” ...

drive-by planet: Harper’s screwed up priorities