Food Security Update-The World Bank

August 15, 2022 – Record high food prices have triggered a global crisis that will drive millions more into extreme poverty, magnifying hunger and malnutrition, while threatening to erase hard-won gains in development. The war in Ukraine, supply chain disruptions, and the continued economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic are reversing years of development gains and pushing food prices to all-time highs. Rising food prices have a greater impact on people in low- and middle-income countries, since they spend a larger share of their income on food than people in high-income countries. This brief looks at rising food insecurity and World Bank responses to date. […]


Salman Rushdie Writing under death threats (DW Documentary)

In 1988, Salman Rushdie’s novel “The Satanic Verses” was published. A year later, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a “fatwah,” or death sentence, against the British-Indian author. Now, Rushdie was critically injured after being attacked at a reading.

[This documentary was originally released in 2018]

For more than a decade, the author was a fugitive. He had to go into hiding, was under police protection, and had constantly changing identities and homes. The reason was the order to kill Rushdie by Ayatollah Khomeini that came after the publication of his novel, The Satanic Verses. Khomeini declared the work blasphemous, and Rushdie a heretic. At the time, Islamic fundamentalism and its violent and deadly consequences were not on the agenda yet. Rushdie lived in constant fear and survived 20 attempts on his life.

The film is a portrait of a man who uses calmness and humor as weapons of resistance. The portrait includes interviews with Rushdie and also features archive footage that show the violent reaction and mood after The Satanic Verses was published. They show how pop singer Cat Stevens called for Rushdie’s execution – which Cat Stevens would later deny. The film also draws attention to those who should have protected Rushdie, but abandoned him – from Jimmy Carter to Prince Charles. But there are examples of instant support too, like Isabelle Adjani, who read from The Satanic Verses at the César award ceremony. In New York, the author looks back on his life and his most famous novel, which has lost none of its importance. He speaks about his life, his childhood in Mumbai, Donald Trump and literature, of course.

Safaricom Ethiopia met with representatives of a recent social media campaign from Oromia.

Dear Safaricom PLC

Diversity is not a treat rather it is an opportunity and your company should respect Ethiopian’s diversity otherwise u will be kicked out of the market in the shortest time.

“Duulli ‘SAFARICOM’irratti taasifamu hanga dhaabbatichi dhiifama gaafatutti itti fuufa”Abdisa Bencha

Free Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries

A new division of the American Library Association

We’re now accepting applications for the Online Course Scholarship for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between September 12, 2022, and December 17, 2022. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.

President-elect Press Briefing, Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi County.

Future Readiness of SMEs: Mobilizing the SME Sector to Drive widespread Sustainability & Prosperity

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