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How humans alter ecosystems

They may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to barren desert Kampala, Uganda | DAVID K WRIGHT | Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe lived there, and large human populations of fishers foraged for food alongside the lakeshores. The “African …

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Pangolins in peril

On the hunt for traffickers of the hard scaled mammal Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | Ugandan conservationists are determined to fight back against a poaching assault on the pangolin, a small, long-nosed mammal with large overlapping keratin scales and the focus of a multi-billion dollar illicit business, fuelled by soaring …

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The Arab wants you

The pleasure and pain of a Middle East job Kampala, Uganda | FLAVIA NASSAKA | Rayan Kaahwa has lost count of the money he has spent chasing a job in Dubai. It started in May when he was lured to abandon his small retail shop to pay $700 to a labour …

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Africa at the World Cup

An opportunity to talk about the identities and unity of a divided continent Kampala, Uganda | MAHFOUD AMARA | Africa is the world’s second most populated continent; it is home to 54 countries. Yet, according to football umbrella body FIFA’s rules, only five African countries can qualify for the World …

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Young women changing the face of African media

Port Louis, Mauritius | AFP | A new generation of 30-somethings with brilliant careers, feminist convictions and, above all, confidence, are spearheading an assault on African media, using social networks as a launchpad. “I do not understand what ‘no’ means,” Peace Hyde, one of the most high-profile members of this …

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