West Weighs In on Obama’s Nobel Prize
In the days following Barack Obama’s unexpected awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, reaction has been mixed among the public. The President’s latest accomplishment was topic of conversation for Dr. Cornel West, a longtime supporter of Obama, who addressed the situation while promoting his new memoir, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.” Although he expressed his joy over Obama receiving the Prize, the activist was left wondering what factors contributed to his friend receiving the honor. (Continue Reading…)

Africa Wants Polluters to Pay for Climate Change
Africa will demand billions of dollars in compensation from rich polluting nations at a UN climate summit for the harm caused by global warming on the continent, African officials said Sunday. With just two months to go before the UN summit in Copenhagen, officials met at a special forum in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou where they underscored the need for compensation for the natural disasters caused by climate change. “For the first time Africa will have a common position,” African Union commission chairman Jean Ping told the seventh World Forum on Sustainable Development. (Continue Reading…)

‘SoleRebels,’ Ethiopian Answer to ‘Nike’
Ethiopian shoemaker Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu sees her eco-friendly “SoleRebels” brand of footwear, made of recycled tyres and traditional woven fabric, as Africa’s answer to Nike. In her workshop in Addis Ababa’s Zenabework neighbourhood, a constant patter and the stench of glue fill the air as 40 cobblers hammer, trim tyres and stitch fabric to make the zero carbon emission footwear. Launched in 2005, the SoleRebels brand features trainers, sandals and other trendy open shoes which are sold in the United States and Europe. It also provides livelihoods to at least 75 suppliers. “For a long time, used tyres have been used here to make traditional sandals, so I decided to take the idea and develop it in Ethiopian traditional factories using organic cotton and local leather,” the 30 year-old entrepreneur said. (Continue Reading…)

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