Browsing the "africa" Tag

Mission Congo Reveals Robertson’s Charity Fraud

December 5th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

A gripping documentary, Mission Congo, chronicles how televangelist multi-millionaire Pat Robertson perpetrated massive illegal fraud, diverting most of his christian charity's donations to fund dredges for gem and mineral mines in Africa


What Exactly is This Kwanzaa Thing That You Keep Talking About?

December 25th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Tomorrow is the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of shared values, in which we all strive to become better people and work to build a stronger local community. The holiday has African harvest festival roots; the name is derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", meaning "first fruits", and lasts from December 26th through January 1st. Each new day highlights a different principle upon which we concentrate, such as sustaining our collective Umoja (Unity) and Imani (Faith)


Endangered Baby Hippo Rescued by South African Animal Sanctuary

April 6th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Last week Britain's Daily Mail reported about a South African wildlife sanctuary that is now caring for an orphan baby hippopotamus, who was rejected by its mother shortly after it was born. The hippo has been named Prince Harry, is just a few days old, and will require round the clock care. The eleven pound infant presently needs 125 ml of milk every few hours


Green Renaissance: Helping Nature to Fight Back

March 7th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This inspiring image of a bicycle-powered lawn mower drifted through my social media stream today. The pedal-powered idea is so simple and beautiful, it is utterly genius. The photo came from a South African film production company called Green Renaissance; the organization specializes in working with non-profits and other environmentally conscious businesses interested in promoting nature conservation and sustainability


Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics on the Fourth Day of Kwanzaa

December 29th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

Today is the fourth day of the Kwanzaa season, when we all join to celebrate the principle of Ujamaa, focusing on the important economic benefits garnered from working together. The principle highlighted on today's holiday encourages people to seize the means of production and create our own new innovative community based business models


More Illegally Dumped Radioactive Waste Found on Somalia’s Coast

March 27th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

Yesterday the BBC reported that radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima reactor site are ten million times normal levels. As the oceans near the damaged nuclear plant are becoming contaminated with increasing amounts of nuclear radiation, concerns are growing about how much radioactive poison the planet's seas can withstand. However, although it is not receiving anywhere near as much attention as the unfolding disaster in Japan, the massive amounts of illegally dumped radioactive nuclear waste that are still being thrown into Somalia's oceans potentially could prove to be an even more deadly catastrophe



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