A highway that starts in the town of Puyo has already penetrated dozens of kilometres into the territory of the neighbouring Shuar indigenous group, and it is about to enter Achuar territory. “The road is a poison,” says José, Nantu’s companion. “The road doesn’t respect us. It’s been imposed on us from the city. It’s a very dangerous territory for us.” … [Read more...] about Here comes the sun canoe, as Amazonians take on Big Oil
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For example, Navalayo Osembo resigned from her United Nations (UN) job in New York to move back to Kenya and start Enda: Africa's first running shoe company. Sahar Arrayer left her job in the UK as a doctor to move back to Sudan to start a fashion brand that pays homage to the diversity and beauty of Sudanese women. Nathalie Munyampenda gave up a well-paying job with the Canadian government and moved back to Rwanda to work with the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). … [Read more...] about Stories of Homecoming: The young Africans returning to the continent
To an extent, the regulations formalise requirements that some digital advertisers, such as Facebook, have imposed voluntarily. Political ads on the social network must contain a disclosure marking them as such, and must be linked to a specific named entity. … [Read more...] about New rules may force online political adverts in UK to carry labels
Help Save Live Comedy The line between charity gigs and normal gigs has blurred under lockdown: most online comedy now is fundraising in one way or another. But there’s still a place for the star-studded gig-for-a-cause like these ones beamed to your home from the Clapham Grand. Hosted by Al Murray and Jayde Adams, and featuring (to name only a few) Dane Baptiste, Rachel Parris and Sophie Willan, you’ve got two chances left to see – and contribute. … [Read more...] about Forecast is funny: the best comedy shows to stream this summer
If you've seen Amos perform, you'll agree. If you haven't – well, that's where the problems start. According to Anglo-Nigerian comic Gina Yashere, now living and working in the US: "Unless they see you on TV, or they know you, white crowds won't go to a black comedy night because they think that nothing is going to relate to them." Comedy is, or is perceived to be, an art form rooted in recognition and shared cultural references. Its audiences – far more so than those for music, films or fiction – are wary of artists whose experiences may not resemble their own. This perception persists despite many exceptions that prove the rule: as Le Mar points out, the career of US comic Chris Rock proves that an act with what she describes as "very black material" can appeal to audiences across the racial spectrum. … [Read more...] about Heard the one about the black standups?