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‘The Destiny of Man is Man’: How Yet Another Famine Threatens the Lives of Millions in East Africa

‘The Destiny of Man is Man’: How Yet Another Famine Threatens the Lives of Millions in East Africa

In this very moment, twelve million human beings in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan are starving. The UN has announced that around 100,000 of them are on the edge of dying from hunger. This dramatic situation raises some hard, yet obvious questions: why does it take the declaration of ‘famine,’ a flood of charity...
African Democracy on the Rise? The End of Authoritarianism in Gambia

African Democracy on the Rise? The End of Authoritarianism in Gambia

‘Gambia has decided’ – the motto of the revolution is omnipresent on the streets of Banjul, the capital of the small West African country that is almost completely encompassed by neighbouring Senegal. For the first time in its history, free and fair presidential elections were held in Gambia on 1 December 2016. In a surprising...
Quo vadis Venezuela? The chronicles of a crisis

Quo vadis Venezuela? The chronicles of a crisis

The atmosphere in the streets of Caracas must be tense: people queue for hours at supermarkets to buy basic needs such as oil or medicine. Mothers are desperately looking for milk powder, as the food shortage makes it impossible for many to feed a baby. Even the maize flour for arepas, the country’s favourite dish,...
Segregation 2.0: How Walls Manifest Social Inequality In Latin America

Segregation 2.0: How Walls Manifest Social Inequality In Latin America

Non-resident visitors of the Santa Fé district in Mexico City are often surprised when strolling through the area. While large parts of Santa Fé seem to be copied and pasted from downtown Los Angeles, one suddenly stands in front of a graffiti-covered, grey barrier: a wall, almost four metres tall, made of solid concrete and...