Chefchaouen, a small town in northern Morocco, has a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture, but what it’s most famous for are the striking and vivid blue walls of many of the buildings in its “old town” sector, or medina.
The maze-like medina sector, like those of most of the other towns in the area, features white-washed buildings with a fusion of Spanish and Moorish architecture. The brilliantly blue walls, however, seem to be unique to Chefchaouen. They are said to have been introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven. The color caught on, and now many also believe that the blue walls serve to repel mosquitoes as well (mosquitoes dislike clear and moving water).
Whatever the reason, the town’s blue walls attract visitors who love to wander the town’s narrow streets and snap some beautiful photos.
World’s top Ebola specialists question why only US aid workers given experimental drug while Africans die without it
Not old news, but important news. If the world could put their colonial-imperial bullshit aside, and stabilize this idea that is “nationalism,” electricity generation, and the resulting climate change wouldn’t be any issue.
Oh, you mean “we” didn’t civilize “them?”
Africa - The First Place of Mankind
Thousands of people in South Sudan have been killed in violence and more than one million people have been forced to leave their homes since December when pro-Kiir troops and those loyal to Machar began to fight along ethnic lines.
The UN’s mission in South Sudan said on Monday hundreds of civilians were killed or wounded after rebel forces took control of the capital of the oil-producing Unity state last week.
Toby Lanzer, the UN’s top humanitarian official in South Sudan, said in Twitter posts late on Sunday that there were shocking scenes of atrocities, with “bodies of people executed” lying in Bentiu’s streets.
Lanzer told Al Jazeera on Monday that people “associated with the opposition” had used an FM radio station to broadcast hate speech in the town.
"With hate speech and violence continuing as they are, we’re going to have an even greater catastrophe on our hands at the end of this year," Lanzer said.
“I think the saddest testament to the current situation is that we have had members of all communities, even those accused of perpetrating these crimes, fleeing to the UN base,” he said.
"We had 5,000 civilians a week ago in our base, now we have 22,000 people. We have just one litre of portable water per person for today."
South Sudan… The next Rwanda?
In Somalia’s breadbasket, many welcome al-Shabab’s move to expel foreign aid groups and build canals.
Regardless of al-Shabab’s motives for banning NGOs and building canals, many locals have welcomed the developments. "Before, I was a beggar. Now what I produce with my two hands in my farm is sold in the markets of Mogadishu. God sent us al-Shabab to chase [out] the NGOs," said Qarawi, the sesame farmer.
This is what Imperialism looks like. And, on a somewhat less dramatic scale, it’s what neoimperialism and capitalism do every day.
What Really Happened in the Congo: Belgium’s ‘Heart of Darkness’
Leopold famously said when he was forced to hand over the Congo Free State to the Belgian nation: “I will give them my Congo but they have no right to know what I have done there,” and proceeded to burn archives.
Did y’all know about this?
I hate this man with every fibre of my being.
I CANT DEAL WITH THIS.
The most powerful country in the world is today experiencing the erosion of its hegemony. When faced with a similar situation in the past, the U.S reacted by attacking a small country. How might it respond today?
There were and are two possible reactions, then and now, said Ernesto Domínguez, from the University of Havana’s Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies (CEHSEU), speaking with Granma: “Assume the decline and attempt to manage it in such a way to preserve a privileged position, or try to detain the process by resorting to the use of force, with several concrete objectives, such as giving a show of power, reaffirming geo-strategic positions, controlling key resources or stimulating the economy with military spending.”"
"I know you will sentence me to death but do not forget that by killing me you will not only assassinate freedom in your country but you will not prevent Algeria from becoming free and independent." —Algerian FLN freedom fighter Djamila Bouhired, on trial by French colonial authorities in 1957. She was tortured, but later released, despite her death sentence.