The F Word — Artist Afuwa Granger | Feminine Moments
Peeking “Behind the Kitchen Door”: The struggle for food justice in America’s restaurant industry | The Feminist Wire
While Wal-Mart MAY led to great access to organic foods or fresh fruits and vegetables in some communities, it also contributes to the very conditions that make “healthy living” difficult. Stacy Mitchell notes the deleterious impact of Wal-Mart and other members of the food industry’s 1%:
Pambazuka – BRICS grab African land and sovereignty
RICS states, except Russia, are enhancing and facilitating land grabs abroad in a way that is inconsistent with their proclamations of sustainable development, cooperation solidarity, and respect of national sovereignty.
Chasing Cholera in Haiti – Medium for Haiti – Medium
Since the first case of cholera was documented in October of 2010, the disease has killed over 8,000 people and infected 649,000 others – over 5% of the population. When I was in Haiti in the spring of 2011, there had already been 4,672 cholera deaths. Health organizations were circulating information about the disease in hopes that simple awareness would curb it. Cartoon figures on concrete fences smiled patronizingly at pedestrians walking along rubble-littered streets, explaining how to properly wash one’s hands. There were rumors of advice whispered amongst the bourgeois: “Don’t eat the salad at such-and-such place, someone got sick because they washed the lettuce with contaminated water.” “Stay away from seafood, because, you know.”
Chinua Achebe: Without the story we are blind | Arts and Culture | Books | Mail & Guardian
The ‘father’ of African literature set the template for the darker peoples of the world to tell their own stories, writes Percy Zvomuya.
‘Father of modern African literature’ Achebe, 82, dies after short illness – News – Books – The Independent
Achebe was born in 1930, in Igboland, a region in south east Nigeria. He discovered the power of fiction at University College, Ibadan, where he read the novel Mister Johnson by Joyce Cary, which depicted Africans as “jealous savages”. He set about challenging the literary trope that painted the Africans as “unhuman”.
Novelist Chinua Achebe dies, aged 82 | Books | The Guardian
A novelist, poet and essayist, Achebe was perhaps best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart, which was published in 1958. The story of the Igbo warrior Okonkwo and the colonial era, it has sold more than 10m copies around the world and has been published in 50 languages. Achebe depicts an Igbo village as the white men arrive at the end of the 19th century, taking its title from the WB Yeats poem, which continues: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.”
Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Writer, Dies at 82 – NYTimes.com
The story, a brisk 215 pages, was inspired by the history of his own family, part of the Ibo nation of southeastern Nigeria, a people victimized by the racism of British colonial administrators and then by the brutality of military dictators from other Nigerian ethnic groups.
“Things Fall Apart” gave expression to Mr. Achebe’s first stirrings of anti-colonialism and a desire to use literature as a weapon against Western biases. As if to sharpen it with irony, he borrowed from the Western canon itself in using as its title a line from Yeats’s apocalyptic poem “The Second Coming.”