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Early morning catnap, Accra. Photo by Christiane Badgley

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Guangzhou on a Sunday

Mass, Guangzhou Cathedral. Photo by Christiane Badgley

At first glance Sunday in Guangzhou, China, looks like every other day of the week. The place is bustling and open for business. But Sunday does have its rituals — church being one. ┬áThe official Catholic Church (i.e., state supervised, does not answer to Rome) is packed with worshippers. Mass is so well attended that there is not enough room for everyone inside. It’s beyond standing-room only. Chinese, Filipinos and Africans from a number of countries spill out onto the parvis.

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Hong Kong on a Sunday

Sunday shoppers, Hong Kong. Photo by Christiane Badgley

Shopping, socializing and visiting the park: It is Sunday in Hong Kong and everyone seems to be out.

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In search of an African revolution

Many are wondering if the popular uprisings across North Africa will spread south. I’ve posted some thoughts and articles about what may help or hinder peoples’ protests south of the Sahara. I read this article on the Al Jazeera English website. It highlights the role of the media and I thought it was worth reposting.

International media is following protests across the ‘Arab world’ but ignoring those in Africa.
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Good News for Journalists

Here’s some information from Thomson Reuters via the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development:

Thomson Reuters Holding Journalism Workshops in Africa on Tracking Illicit Money

November 4, 2010

By Clark Gascoigne

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is partnering with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) to hold workshops for journalists in African countries to improve their expertise in financial journalism (Full Disclosure: Norad is also a major financial supporter of the Task Force on Financial Integrity & Economic Development). The sessions will have a specific focus on how to track illicit financial flows out of the developing world.

From Thomson Reuters:

About 100 journalists, spread over eight courses in different African locations in the course of the next year, will receive intensive training to hone their financial reporting and analytical skills.

It is the first time the Thomson Reuters Foundation has teamed up directly with a national development aid agency to deliver this kind of training, although it has previously worked with multilateral organisations and local partners to run courses aimed at strengthening financial journalism in Africa.

The article continues:

A special angle in this new series of workshops is the issue of money being illicitly siphoned out of poor countries, often into tax havens. By its nature this is a highly sensitive topic, and a challenge for journalists to uncover.

The first 2 courses will be offered in Dakar (Nov 29-Dec 3, 2010) and Nairobi (Dec 6-10, 2010).

You can apply for the Dakar course here and the Nairobi course here.

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