New US Africa strategy takes aim at China, Russia

(13 Dec 2018) The Trump administration announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, which it says are aggressively targeting investments in the region to gain competitive advantage. (Dec. 13)

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Russia’s young creators search for the thread of history

They are young designers but the techniques they use to create their fabrics come from Russia’s distant past. In her small workshop in the rooftops of Moscow, Maria Andrianova focuses on making a sewing point learned from grandmothers in Karelia, in northwestern Russia. Youkhan Nikadimus decided to devote himself to the creation of “kokochniki”, traditional headdresses from Russian folklore. These young Russian creators are trying “to bring pieces of history back to the modern world.”