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Congo Contenders: The Key Figures Expected to Run for President

Congo Contenders: The Key Figures Expected to Run for President

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila evoked former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko when he addressed lawmakers anxious to hear whether he’ll run for president again. “I know why there is some tension in the room,” he told the packed chambers of parliament in the capital, Kinshasa, on July 20. “It’s because there are those […]

Xi Urges Fellow BRICS Countries To Reject Go-It-Alone Trade

Xi Urges Fellow BRICS Countries To Reject Go-It-Alone Trade

Chinese President Xi Jinping said there would be no winner in a global trade war, urging fellow developing powers on Wednesday to reject unilateralism in the wake of tariff threats by U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump’s warnings have given Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa fresh impetus to enhance trade cooperation, and their leaders […]

How to Make Clean Up Time Fun for Young Children

How to Make Clean Up Time Fun for Young Children

Even when children are very young, chores and clean up time are massively beneficial for child development. New responsibilities teach kids to use recall, common sense, and basic motor skills. They also teach kids to work alongside their family members, which is critical considering how much of life consists of getting along and going along. It’s also […]

Can You Overdose On Gummy Vitamins?

Can You Overdose On Gummy Vitamins?

Gummy vitamins are delicious AF—and they’re technically for kids, so you can basically just pop ’em as you please, right? Not exactly. I mean, they’re still vitamins after all. “Any kind of chewable vitamin should never be seen as candy,” says Angela Lemond, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and founder of […]

Mozambique’s $49 Billion Gas Plan Stokes Anxiety in North

Mozambique’s $49 Billion Gas Plan Stokes Anxiety in North

A giant refrigerator will replace the village Jonas Alide Saide has called home for 70 years and he’s not happy about it. As Mozambique’s plans to export natural gas gather pace, Saide’s northeastern settlement of Quitupo will make way for a plant planned by companies including Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Located on a site larger than […]

Ethiopia Prime Minister Calls For Multiparty Democracy – Chief of Staff

Ethiopia Prime Minister Calls For Multiparty Democracy – Chief of Staff

  Ethiopia must pursue multiparty democracy, the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Sunday in what could be the latest in a series of momentous changes sweeping the country. The country allows competing parties but all parliamentary seats are held by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which has maintained tight control in the […]

How To Raise Brave Kids Without Bullying Them

How To Raise Brave Kids Without Bullying Them

It’s difficult to tell what will scare a child. Some will tremble at the sight of a dog, others get anxious when trying new things, like Little League or school, and some just roll with the punches. Regardless of a child’s natural proclivities, parents are tasked with helping their kid be brave, which functionally means […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Float Truck

LOUD WHISPERS: The Float Truck

I know that Loud Whispers is very late this week. I sincerely apologise to all my readers who must have kept visiting Above Whispers hoping that something new has been posted. Even though I know you fully understand that I am very busy with the campaign activites, I did promise that I would try and […]

Why the Small Things Matter

Why the Small Things Matter

A few months ago, while shopping in Target, I found myself in the kitchen section. Because I was killing time before I had to pick up my daughter from school, I lingered in the aisles a little longer than I normally would. A large four-cup measuring cup caught my eye. I was reminded that I’ve […]

What’s the Difference Between An STD and An STI?

What’s the Difference Between An STD and An STI?

Think back to when you first heard the term sexually transmitted disease (STD). Middle school, right? Probably in a classroom where giggles and darting eyes abounded, sandwiched between information on where babies come from and the lowdown on your period. But fast-forward a few years (to, like, now) and all of a sudden everyone is […]