It’s 2018! A chance for another fresh start. The previous year has been quite eventful creating both happy and sad memories. But bygones are bygones. We now look ahead, ready to take on what the day presents. 2017 set the stage for Africa in 2018. Many unsettled scores have been carried over to the new year. The never-ceasing political and social drama is patiently waiting to once again explode in our faces after the festivities come to an end. That said, here are the expectations and wishes we have for Africa in 2018. Read more
Let’s talk about elephant poaching in Africa. First of all, there is not a single African country where you won’t find a footprint of China. Over the last two decades, China has been expanding its territory to Africa in small but sure steps. In the past, Africa would have easily pass as a United States or European Union playground. For instance, the USA has had several army bases in Africa which ‘collaborate’ with local armies to fight terrorists or restore order in times of war. One of the largest is Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti which oversees the Horn of Africa. Likewise, the EU has been a major trade partner.
Louie Psihoyos is an avid film director and photographer best known for his contributions to National Geographic. Being an environmental activist himself, Louie works alongside activists and artists that go undercover and beyond, sometimes risking their well-being to capture the important truth on issues that can easily be overlooked without the right media attention.
The largest island in Asia is Borneo. Exactly 73% of its territory belongs to Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer and consumer, and the rest of it is Malaysian and Bruneian. Up until the 1960s, Borneo was covered in rainforest. However, when the overpopulation on Java started to become worse and worse, the poor part of the population – farmers and peasants, were shipped off to Borneo to farm the logged areas, converting a large part of the land from forest to agricultural land with a practice called Slash and Burn. The region experienced rapid growth in its economy and industry and proceeded to mindlessly exploit the rainforest.