Victor Matioli’s organic pumpkins are plump, his coriander aromatic and his spinach “very soft, sweet, and tasty”. His half-acre farm is a former rubbish dump in the heart of east Africa’s biggest slum.
So arresting is the sight of tall sunflowers growing amid the rust-coloured shacks and dirt paths of Kibera that Matioli and his fellow growers have had to put up a “No photographing” sign to allow them to work in peace. Their reputations – the farmers are all reformed criminals – mean the warning is seldom ignored. Continue reading Organic Farm Blossoms in Kenya’s Largest Slum→
PORT HARCOURT, 19 September 2008 (IRIN) – Even by the usual violent standards of Nigeria’s conflict-ridden, oil-rich southern Niger Delta region, it has been a bloody seven days, with dozens of civilian casualties and many more wounded or displaced, according to local observers, in clashes in Rivers state between the military and rebel fighters. Continue reading NIGERIA: Bloody week in the Niger Delta→
Obsolete CRT monitors awaiting export from the United States. (Photo credit unknown)
WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2008 (ENS) – U.S. hazardous waste regulations have not stopped exports of toxic used electronics to developing countries, partly because they are not being enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, finds a new report issued Wednesday by the investigative branch of Congress. Continue reading EPA Faulted for Failing to Control E-Waste Exports→
Water privatization has been high on the globalizers’ agenda for the last decade. But privatizers haven’t all found it easy to get their way. Vibrant campaigns by residents, trade unionists and environmental activists have been so successful – and privatization experiments so disastrous – that a push towards the de-privatization of water services is gathering a head of steam. A new website – www.remunicipalisation.org – highlights and celebrates the growing trend of returning failing privately managed water services to public management, which is manifesting itself in parts of South America, North America and Africa. Continue reading Eau de victory→
After months of tense negotiations, Morgan Tsvangirai has settled for much less than his supporters voted for
The agreement reached in Harare on 15 September may not be what Zimbabweans wanted, but it was the best the negotiators could get after various governments had tried to prod President Robert Mugabe into making more concessions. Now Mugabe remains President, with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as Prime Minister and his former colleague Arthur Mutambara as his Deputy. Mugabe’s powers will be whittled down but not radically altered in the new arrangement. It is a weak and ambiguous agreement whose terms include many discretionary provisions – an ideal arena for political obstruction. Continue reading three-legged race→