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Gorillas, baboons and the wildilfe tourist ‘You’ in Uganda

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‘Our cousins’ A furry face with a long snout and inquisitive eyes. He was not looking at us, the viewers – his attention was focused on the lush green jungle. The photo was taken in Uganda. ‘This is the baboon, our cousin,’ explained Dr. Busulwa, from the Makerere University [1]. Later I was to learn […]

Fair Trade – insights from Africa and the UK

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Fairtrade – the global success story Fairtrade celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2014. Growing from an obscure niche market to a globally recognized phenomenon, today the label is an established part of the UK commercial industry. Fairtrade International (or ‘FI’ – formally known as Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International or ‘FLO’) is the international body made up of the […]

‘No pity oh’ for the agaba of Nigeria

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‘Dis rugged life I wan fash e oh’ [I want to leave] Ukanafun Base Boys, 2012, (Pratten, 2007: 94) [1] Audio file: Ukanafun Base Boys, 2012, courtesy of Dr. David Pratten   Nigeria – ‘the Giant of Africa’ Nigeria the “Giant of Africa” is the most populous country of the continent and also the one with […]

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‘European ways’ threaten a shy forest giant in Uganda

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  The giant forest hog, a once abundant species in Uganda, now faces an uncertain future. ‘The giant forest hogs, they live in Uganda with us…,’ states Dr. Busulwa, a visiting scientist at Cambridge, from the Makerere University [1] . His ethical stance indicates attitude, different from the traditional conservation approaches, in which the goal has been […]

God and the Godfather – Bulgaria’s ‘perfect storms’

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Bulgaria was just shaken by two different storms – environmental and banking. Torrential rains have now washed the Bulgarian seaside, hitting particularly harshly the Black sea port city of Varna.  Varna’s district “Asparuhovo” suffered the most severe impacts – the flooding caused the death of at least 11 people.  The ground floors of the houses, […]

National Consensus – the Missing Link in Bulgaria’s Elections

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Tina Schivatcheva National consensus – these words are missing from Bulgaria’s political vocabulary.  In the midst of bitter political contentions, Bulgaria’s political scene is once again marred by open confrontations, and the bad-blood of back stabbing.  Today, Saturday 11th of May, is the day before the early Bulgarian elections.  In theory, this day should allow […]

Self-Immolations in Bulgaria – an Intertwined Personal and Social Trauma

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Tina Schivatcheva On the 1st of May another Bulgarian victim of self-immolation passed away. Since the beginning of 2013 six people self-immolated inBulgaria, and their desperate acts further ’enflamed our sleeping society’ [1].  Traumatic events demand a response that recognizes their impact rather than one that moves rapidly to forgetting the trauma or incorporating it […]

Bavarian politicians, Bulgarian politics

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‘We will put an end to the populism of the Left’ – with this firm promise Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former Bulgarian Minister of the Interior, and current deputy-president of the party ‘Citizens of European Development for Bulgaria’ (abbreviated in Bulgarian as GERB), addressed the Brussels politicians [1].

The Political Pantheon of the Bulgarian Spring

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Late January, 2013 marked the onset of the ‘Bulgarian spring,’ as the ‘art of government‘ collided with the force of the public will. Tumultuous events were ignited when post-socialist, post-EU accession Bulgaria was hit by dauntingly high energy bills.

‘Bulgaria’s Spring’ – the Struggle for Social Rights

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Tina Schivatcheva Bulgaria’s constitution includes a wide range of social rights. However, the ‘democratic, law-governed and social state’ has been characterized as ‘chronically incapable of coping with its social problems or improving its level of economic prosperity’.  Moreover, the Bulgarian ‘minimal state’ often cannot provide its citizens even with basic necessities, such as food, electricity, […]

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