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Exhibiting Africans like animals in Norway’s Human Zoo
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Politics and Society Exhibiting Africans like animals in Norway’s Human Zoo

Next month in Norway a ‘human zoo’ will open, a re-enactment of the voyeurist exhibitions of Africans that took place during the colonial era. The organizers aim to spark discussions on the legacy of racism and colonialism, but have they overlooked the pain and humiliation this may bring to Africans worldwide, and the danger of the resurgence of racial stereotyping?

Bad Aid: How a World Bank private financing scheme is bleeding Lesotho dry
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Politics and Society Bad Aid: How a World Bank private financing scheme is bleeding Lesotho dry

Last week the organization I work for – the Consumers Protection Association – published a joint report with Oxfam that shows how a health public–private partnership (PPP) is draining the budget of the Ministry of Health and diverting scarce resources away from primary healthcare services in rural areas, where death rates are rising and where three-quarters of the population live.