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The Wonchi Experiment – Can Tablets be Teachers?

In Ethiopia over 2,000,000 children of school age do not go to school. Most of them never will. A few of them have tablets – and miraculously taught themselves how to read and write. MIT professor and technology nerd Nicholas Negroponte wanted to see what would happen if you handed a tablet computer, equipped with educational apps, to a group ... Read More »

The Worldwide Symbol of Rebellion

Ever since the end of World War 2, the AK-47, or popularly named Kalashnikov after its designer, has been a recurring phenomenon in international conflicts. The rifle is for many more than just an instrument of death, it is a symbol for their struggle against the Western world.  Cheap, easy to use, will not break down. The characteristics speak for ... Read More »

Mission Morocco: Not Aborted

When people make up a story about a military exercise and then lock up a port just to keep you from entering a country, you are probably not their favourite person. Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch activist and doctor, is one of those nuisances. In this case, to Morocco.  In early October she and her colleagues from the Dutch NGO “Women ... Read More »

Recurring Problems in South Africa

From the 18th until the 26th of September, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu visited the Netherlands. Tutu became world-known in the 1980s during the apartheid regime in South Africa, and as an outspoken critic of this regime, he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. On the 20th of September, Tutu was invited to the Dutch television programme College Tour (see Uitzending ... Read More »

‘Democratically’ elected Somali President

On 10 September Somalia elected its new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. It was said to be the first democratic elections since civil war broke out in 1991. The UN representative to Somalia spoke of “the end of a transitional period, and the beginning of a new era”. Some journalists and professors however are not convinced. Hassan Seikh Mohamud was born ... Read More »