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In Kenya, U.S. aid groups focus their efforts

June 19, 2012

Tess Vigeland: Drought and war in the Horn of Africa have left a wide swath of the population there homeless and hungry. The United Nations says some 11 million people need aid to survive. Many of those displaced have headed to Kenya, which itself has deep economic problems. But for all the international aid Kenya has received over the last 30 years, life expectancy there has actually shortened and poverty rates are unchanged.

Mary Stucky reports.

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On the Run in the Sahara, for 153 Miles

Jacqueline Kantor and Kirsten Kortebein, two students on the Round Earth Media/SIT Study Abroad journalism program in Morocco,  published this story and photographs in The New York Times. Kortebein also published her photographs, along with captions by Kantor, in Outside Magazine and Runners World.

Read the The New York Times story here. 

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Bolivian President Caught in the Middle

June 18, 2012

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Bruce Gellerman: It’s Living on Earth, I’m Bruce Gellerman.

[SOUNDS OF PROTESTS IN BOLIVIA]

Gellerman: In Bolivia, the people spoke and the government listened. For three months, a thousand people marched across the Andes Mountains, closing roads, enduring police crackdown and arrest. They were protesting the government’s plan to build a highway through indigenous lands and Amazon forest.

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Rape Victim’s Death Sparks Protest Against Marriage Law in Morocco

In Morocco, a man who has sex with an under-aged girl can escape prosecution by marrying her. Some judges even allow a man accused of raping a girl to go free as long as he marries her. That’s what happened in the case of 16-year-old Amina Filali.

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Kenyan Singer Nina Ogot Inspired by Nairobi Youth

Kenyan singer Nina Ogot tells reporter Mary Stucky about her new musical inspiration: working with young people who live on the streets of Nairobi.

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What does it mean to be an American?

June 9, 2012

Sara Mansfield Taber is out to answer this question in her powerful, provocative and insightful new memoir, Born Under an Assumed Name.   The daughter of a CIA agent, Taber composes her family’s haunting story, stroke by exquisitely beautiful stroke. This vibrant family portrait of love and heart-ache reveals much about America—our passion, confusion, contradictions, and especially, the tragedy we bring upon the world despite our very best intentions.

For those of you in the Twin Cities, Sara Mansfield Taber will be reading from her book this coming Sunday,

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Famine and Press Freedom

June 6, 2012

Imraan Buccus, my colleague and Academic Director for an SIT-Study Abroad program in South Africa, just published a fascinating golumn in the Mercury, Durban’s morning newspaper.  Buccus refers to the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Indian economist, Amartya Sen, who found that there has never been a famine in recent times in any country that has press freedom.  Here’s Imraan’s column:

Here in Mozambique, where I’m attending a conference on participatory democracy hosted by Frelimo,

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Former Round Earth Media Intern on Argentina's "Stubborn Past" in Foreign Policy Magazine

May 15, 2012

Alex Gibson worked as an intern at Round Earth Media a few summers ago and then struck out for Argentina where he ended up riveted to the proceedings in a courtroom.  Alex takes it from there: Today, 35 years after the fall of the most brutal dictatorship in the country’s history, Argentina is still grappling with the legacy of violence it left behind. In the provincial Argentine university city of Bahía Blanca, 17 former soldiers and police officers are standing trial on more than a hundred counts of murder,

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Moroccan & American Students in First-Ever Journalism Partnership

May 6, 2012

At Round Earth Media (REM), we’re all about partnership. Too often, American journalists parachute into a country for just a few weeks of reporting, failing to grasp the nuances and complexities of what is, for them, a foreign country.  Round Earth Media journalists work differently.  REM’s American journalists collaborate with the most promising young journalists in the countries where REM is reporting.  Together, in equal partnership, they produce stories for top-tier media in the U.S. and abroad.  It’s a new model for producing original, reliable,

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From Music to Migration in Morocco

April 29, 2012

We are partnering in Morocco with some brilliant academics —  two with whom we’re working most closely are Said Graiouid and Taieb Belghazi. They invited me to participate in a fascinating conference recently at the University Mohammed V in Rabat.  Researchers came from around the world to discuss topics ranging from Moroccan hip hop, to racism against Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco, to the importance of Moroccan music festivals.

Here’s just a taste.

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