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Unheralded by Press, African Efforts Upgrade Food’s Value

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Gambian women cultivate nutritional food crops in a communal kitchen garden.

UNNOTICED GLOBAL developments are something of an obsession with me. I had my attention stirred recently by a lot of media attention that focused on the whole continent of Africa being officially expected to lower its economic growth-rate this year. But I was stirred even more (with angry disappointment) by how few media outlets stressed how phenomenally high the continent’s growth-rate has been over the past twenty years.    Continue reading “Unheralded by Press, African Efforts Upgrade Food’s Value” »

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SXSW Post-Script: Technology & Warm-Blooded Humanity, Integrated

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Mr Robot FerrisTHE SOUTH BY SOUTH-WEST Festival of 2016 finally finished this week. In the end it seemed, more sprawlingly than ever, to take over the city of Austin for even longer than I previously remember – and I’ve now been an attendee for a dozen years or so.

Maybe the (literally) biggest sign of how the Festival – or festivals, if we count the divisions of Film, Music and Interactive as separate entities – held gaudy sway over the entire Texan capital was the gigantic fairground Ferris wheel prominently erected for the events’ duration on Congress Avenue … suddenly an extra anchor for that main drag, second only to the great domed State Capitol at its northern end.     Continue reading “SXSW Post-Script: Technology & Warm-Blooded Humanity, Integrated” »

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At South By South West (Film), Emotional Wreckage in a High-Finance Setting

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