Why the World Needs to Know About Western Sahara’s Seemingly Endless Struggle for Independence

An interview with a Sahrawi Journalist and Activist.By Amira Ali. In 1975, Morocco, under King Hassan II, invaded Western Sahara; and since, the Sahrawi people — female-dominated society of Arab and Berber descent — have been in an unflagging resistance struggle, committed to self-determination without exception. Today, Western Sahara remains the African continent’s (overtly) occupied…

Afriturist with Hector Peterssen

  “That I’m alive today proves the power of the photo and that the only viable and sustainable challenge to oppression is through art and beauty.Photography for me is not a hobby or a profession, it’s a toolI spend most of my life living in fantasy, dreaming of a better world.” Hector Peterssen, Photographer Hectors…

Becoming an adult in today’s world

What does it mean to be an adult these days? What are some of the challenges facing emerging adults? The transition from adolescence to adulthood, or “emerging adulthood”, is estimated to occur approximately between the ages of 18 and 25. This is a time greatly characterised by experimentation and exploration, as people try to make…

How Mental Illness Fed My Creativity by Dirye Osman

There's no romance to mental illness. Whether you're suffering from psychosis or schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression, the realities of mental ill-health often mean a life disrupted by isolation, harrowing symptoms, hospitalizations, discrimination and despair. At a time when the government seems hell-bent on slashing away at the budgets of mental health services across the…

A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis By Christian Parenti

Several strands of green thinking maintain that capitalism is incapable of a sustainable relationship with non-human nature because, as an economic system, capitalism has a growth imperative while the earth is finite. One finds versions of this argument in the literature of eco-socialism, deep ecology, eco-anarchism, and even among many mainstream greens who, though typically…

German university honors Kenyan writer

Ngugi’s literary works, like "The devil crucified" and "Matigari," pointed mostly to shortcomings within the Kenyan state. Now, Germany’s University of Bayreuth is awarding him an honorary doctorate. The University of Bayreuth in Southern Germany awarded Kenyan writer and literary scholar Ngugi wa Thiong’o an honorary doctorate on Monday (05.05.2014). According to the college, Ngugi’s…