Rwanda’s booming agricultural cooperative culture (with audio story)

Twenty years after the well-known 1994 genocide, Rwanda is looking like a reformed country – one built on pre-colonial ideals of strong governmental accountability, social justice and grassroots organization. There are now more than 6,000 registered social or industrial cooperatives in Rwanda, many of which are in agriculture, according to the Rwandan Cooperative Agency, the…

High school students discover power and self-interest at Model UN conference this weekend

High school students learned how to tackle the most troubling issues in the world today at the University of Denver Model UN Conference.  But more importantly, they had the chance to experience the dynamic power relationships between countries and self-interests.   Pressing issues such as Myanmar’s ethnic conflict and Venezuela’s drug trafficking occupied a a…

How has the globalization of hip-hop affected East African Youth?

The spread of hip-hop onto the global sphere can present somewhat of a paradox. On the one hand, hip-hop is a symbolic fight by the weak against oppressive forces; forces who have dominated social, economic, and political wealth throughout time.  On the other hand, hip-hop has become such a global phenomenon that the “invisible hand”…