Blood on our hands – ‘Conflict diamonds’ are still leaking out of the Central African Republic via Cameroon

  ‘Conflict diamonds’ are still being funnelled out of the Central African Republic (CAR) via Cameroon despite a short-lived international embargo, where they have helped fund a genocidal war that has killed thousands of people since 2013.            By Simone West This article was written on November 7, 2017 Diamonds marked #RCA [CAR] #diamond on … Continue reading Blood on our hands – ‘Conflict diamonds’ are still leaking out of the Central African Republic via Cameroon

Romania to reduce brain drain

By Simone West and Rebecca Birch Romania is struggling with a shortage of doctors and nurses migrating West to work. Now the European Commission and Romanian Government are trying to solve the problem by building new hospitals and improving living conditions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=154&v=L65hwbcI_4Q Between 2009-2015, Romania lost 50% of its doctors.  10% of the population also reported … Continue reading Romania to reduce brain drain

SCENES

I walk towards a busy intersection, judging seemingly ubiquitous conversations. An exceedingly organised woman clutches a 2017 diary and divulges her plans for next year to a friend. An energised man assertively heads in the right direction, muttering, “left!” over and over again to his trailing companions. High-rise buildings surround us on the corner of … Continue reading SCENES

CRITIQUE – Gay Talese’s ‘Frank Sinatra has a Cold’

Gay Talese succeeds in finding a balance between superb hyperbole and realism in his colourful and microscopic 36-page profile on the musical legend, Frank Sinatra, for Esquire magazine. In 1965, Sinatra was struck with a cold. Singing was his livelihood and the ailment was enough to ‘plunge him into a state of anguish’. Unable to … Continue reading CRITIQUE – Gay Talese’s ‘Frank Sinatra has a Cold’