Katie has contributed to IPSIRINThe Journal, and the Sunday Sun, and HotShoePEN Canada, the Toronto Star's Africa Without Maps, and the crees Foundation blogs.  


THE ROAD INTO MANU (I): HOW WILL IT AFFECT LOCAL HUMAN COMMUNITIES?CREES FOUNDATION

PERU, 18 Nov 2015 - “The trucks won’t come today,” says shop owner, Irma Apaza, as she rearranges what few tomatoes and onions remain on the near-empty shelves where fresh produce should be. She lifts her eyes to the door of her shop one last time in hopeful anticipation of hearing the familiar roar of a long-distance delivery truck, but resumes the task at hand when all that sounds is a rooster from across the road.

Located more than 200km from Cusco, the small town of Salvación is an entire day’s journey along a single, windy road over the Andes mountain range and down into the neo-tropical buffer zone of Manu National   Park ...

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NEVER-ENDING CASE ARISES AGAINIPS

ISTANBUL, 23 Jan 2013 - Pınar Selek, a Turkish sociologist who has on three occasions been tried and acquitted over a fatal explosion in Istanbul more than 14 years ago, is being taken to court again Jan. 24.

On Jul. 9, 1998, seven people were killed and more than 120 injured in an explosion at the historical Spice Bazaar in Istanbul. Selek was implicated as having organised the explosion ...

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KURDISH PRISONERS HUNGRY FOR FREEDOMIPS

DIYARBAKIR, 13 Nov 2012 - Five MPs from Turkey’s main Kurdish political party, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), and the Mayor of Diyarbakır have gone on hunger strike to support a protest by more than 700 Kurdish prison inmates. The prisoners’ hunger strike has now lasted 63 days, and spans dozens of prisons across Turkey.

This comes after fellow MPs Özdal Üçer and Emine Ayna pledged their support to the protest, stating that “the demands of the hunger strikers are our demands as well and we will die for these demands too” ...

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Pinar Selek’s case is not only a case about a woman searching for justice - it is also a case which indicates a search for justice in a society.
— Erol Katırcıoğlu, Professor of Economics, Marmara University (Istanbul)

MALAWI: FARM SUBSIDY PROGRAMME SHRINKSIRIN

LILONGWE, 13 Oct 2011- More than 200,000 Malawian farmers who depend on government subsidies to grow enough food to feed their families will have to go it alone when the agricultural subsidy programme is pruned. 

President Bingu wa Mutharika introduced the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) in 2005 to improve national food security and lift the productivity of smallholder farmers after several years of drought brought poor harvests ...

 

STONE 'BABIES' AND FERTILITY SHAMEAFRICA WITHOUT MAPS

BLANTYRE, 22 Mar 2011 - On a cool July evening in Malawi two summers ago, 20-year-old Agnes Musolo went into labor. She was only 24 weeks pregnant and, after having already suffered four stillbirths, she feared the worst for her unborn child. 

But she was struck by another surprise—the “baby” was, in fact, a    stone ...

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Mexican wrestling hits Newcastle in Vamos festival, THE JOURNAL [see pDF]

NEWCASTLE, 15 Jul 2010 - WITHIN five minutes of arriving at the Star and Shadow Cinema in Byker, I managed to unmask the supposedly unmaskable.

Golden rule No 1 of lucha libre: never reveal your identity...

 

TIM HETHERINGTON PHOTO EXHIBITION LONG STORY BIT BY BIT: LIBERIA RETOLD TOURS UKHOTSHOE

NEWCASTLE, 28 Apr 2010 - In a simple exhibition, which demands attention through its seamless display of frameless prints, film maker, image maker and documentarian, Tim Hetherington, shares an honest profile of war-torn Liberia – as he witnessed it – in his collection of images titled, Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold ...

#rainforestlive: making a case for regenerating forestscrees Foundation

PERU, 19 May 2015 - Conservation Intern, Jack Mortimer, twirls a butterfly net in his right hand as he marches along the trail on his way to a transect – then he stops abruptly and concentrates on the loud rustling of leaves in the distance.

He had heard rumors back at the research base that woolly monkeys had been spotted just a few hundred meters into the reserve. Could it be them? ...

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We need to think about moving on from that concern about only protecting primary forest areas and start thinking about how we can manage disturbed habitats.
— Jaime Villacampa, Field Research Coordinator, crees Foundation (Manu)

TACKLING MALAWI'S DOCTOR DEFICITIPS

BLANTYRE, 23 Apr 2013 - In Malawi, where the healthcare system frequently makes headlines for its shortages of drugs and medical workers, a fact that is often overlooked is that two out of four central hospitals do not have a specialist physician in attendance.

“A lot of conditions are not appropriately diagnosed because they are seen by clinicians who are not aware of the greater spectrum of diagnoses that are possible,” explains Dr. Theresa Allain, associate professor and head of Internal Medicine at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine in Blantyre. “When things are not diagnosed appropriately, they’re not treated appropriately” ...

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TIBET'S BURNING QUESTIONSPEN CANADA

CANADA, 20 Dec 2012 - On June 10, 1963, a Buddhist monk positioned himself in a meditative pose on a stretch of hot tarmac in the Vietnamese capital of Saigon [now Ho Chi Minh]. Moments later, he was engulfed in flames.

Thích Quảng Đức’s extreme action was captured by an American photographer, and worldwide circulation of this iconic image  subsequently brought about the collapse of the oppressive regime he was protesting against ...

 

SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVISM TAKES ROOT IN MALAWIIPS

MALAWI,  13 Apr 2012 - As Malawians celebrate Joyce Banda’s appointment as president on sites, like Facebook and Twitter, the increased use of social media in Malawi comes full circle as her new government takes office.

For it was during the country’s civil society mobilisation against the former government that social media first gained popularity as a platform for airing grievances here ...

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Social media has created a socially free and more politically aware population, which the government is helpless to control.
— Arnold Munthali, New Media Editor, Blantyre Newspapers Limited (Blantyre)

MALAWI’S VICE PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ABOUT PROTESTSAFRICA WITHOUT MAPS

BLANTYRE, 22 Aug 2011 - Seated on the porch of her state residence in Blantyre, Malawi’s first female Vice President, Joyce Banda, wraps a thick, white shawl around her shoulders and clasps her hands together, indicating that she’s ready to be interviewed.

There is a calmness about Mudi State Residence, with its towering trees and extensive gardens. In such a setting, it is difficult to imagine the starkly different atmosphere that engulfed Malawi’s commercial capital just one month ago ...

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SHOWING A SECRET SIDE OF A VIBRANT CITYTHE JOURNAL

NEWCASTLE, 10 Jul 2010 - SHE may be softly spoken, but Ines Goncalves’s work is loud – and it’s packing the colours and culture of Angola into Newcastle’s grey Guildhall as part of the nine-day ¡VAMOS! Festival.

In her latest project, Agora Luanda (Luanda Now), Goncalves has collaborated with Angolan filmmaker Kiluanje Liberdade to produce a series of captivating photographic portraits of a city, a people and a life far from Tyneside ...