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Mali: Iyad Ag Ghali’s Loose Relationship with Salafism

Call me crazy, but even though al-Qaida is supposedly the quintessential “Salafi-jihadi” group, I think that a lot of people in the al-Qaida fold, even fairly prominent leaders, don’t really care about Salafi theology. That is, they’re either unaware or … Continue reading ?

Xoomba, Organic textiles and apparel from Burkina Faso

via Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator: xoomba in action from heather chaplet on Vimeo. Xoomba is a feisty young design company producing organic fabrics, clothing and textile based products in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

The Jihadist Merger in Mali and the Sahara

In early March, three jihadist groups in Mali and the Sahara released a video announcing that they have merged into a new group called Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wa-l-Muslimin (The Group for Supporting Islam and Muslims). The jihadist groups involved are: the northern … Continue reading ?

Building Businesses with 'Kamina Friends' , DRC

via Kapoks: The Enterprise Facilitation program that Kamina Friends founded in Kamina, DRC is thriving. In the 3½ years that the program has been in existence they have facilitated 50 new businesses, expanded 43 businesses and created or retained 632 jobs. Show More Summary

Seeing Haiti: a photo essay

Imagine a nation with a noble and proud history, but a rough last century. It was occupied by a massive, powerful neighbor to the north, who undermined its political system and land ownership to benefit its national commercial interests. Soon … Continue reading ?

On President Trump’s Call with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

On February 13, President Donald Trump spoke by telephone with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Many observers, including me and Nigerian analyst Muktar Usman-Janguza, were impatiently awaiting for the White House to post a readout of the call, which it finally did yesterday. … Continue reading ?

Home Biogas from SolarCities

via Solar Cities Introduction to Solar C³ITIES from Dominik Jais on Vimeo.

The Gambia: What Happens to Yahya Jammeh?

Last week, the Gambia’s post-electoral crisis came to a formal and relatively peaceful end. President Adama Barrow, who won election in December, took the oath of office at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal, on January 19, the constitutionally-mandated transition … Continue reading ?

Without a flashy fully equipped science laboratory can science be taught?

A TEDx talk hightlights the work of the practical education networkHeather Been shares experiences on how materials /tools from our local surroundings can be used to make science more interesting.

It’s Journalism’s Job to Save Civics

In early December, I spoke at the inaugural conference on Constructive Journalism hosted at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The conference is the brainchild of my friend Cathrine Gyldensted, who has been developing the powerful idea that … Continue reading ?

Open Source BioFactory's from BioHack Academy

From the WAAG Academy: The age of personal biotechnology is upon us! Engineers have turned biology in a design discipline and it's now up to us to shape it's applications. After completing the BioHack Academy you can grow your own fuel, food, filaments, farmaceuticals, fragances, fungi and much more funky bio stuff at home. Show More Summary

How to watch Formula E’s first ever race in Morocco this weekend

Sean O'Kane writing in the Verge: All-electric racing series Formula E is back after taking a month off following its season three premiere in Hong Kong. This weekend’s race is in Marrakesh, Morocco, and it’s the first time the series has run a race in Africa. Show More Summary

Sustainable West Africa Palm Oil program

via the Solidaridad Network Sustainable West Africa Palm-oil Programme - Solidaridad from Solidaridad Network on Vimeo. The Sustainable West Africa Palm-oil Programme (SWAPP) is a regional programme aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the Small to Medium Scale Enterprises (SME) in the palm oil sector.

'Naija Beta' - A documenting a competitive robotics camp in #Nigeria

CNN highlights a new film and Makers Academy the work of Obinna Ukwuani founder of Exposure Robotics and : Naija Beta Trailer from Arthur Musah on Vimeo.

Massive National Prison Strike! Maybe. We don’t know. That’s a problem.

Yesterday, prisoners around the US began a strike protesting unpaid, underpaid and forced labor. Maybe. We think. Led by prisoners in Alabama and Texas, incarcerated activists planned a nationwide labor strike yesterday, with prisoners refusing to report for jobs essential … Continue reading ?

Behavioural Complexity; Mobile, Self-Aware and Self-Assemble

Over at Creative Applications, from AADRL Spyropoulos Design Lab: AADRL Spyropoulos Design Lab from Theodore Spyropoulos on Vimeo.

The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems that don’t suck?

I found Shane Snow’s essay on prison reform – “How Soylent and Oculus Could Fix the Prison System” – through hatelinking. Friends of mine hated the piece so much that normally articulate people were at a loss for words. A … Continue reading ?

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