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you mean you know the sex phone operator who works her master's thesis on the potato we're going to be. not going to turn on wrote it it's more ridiculous from where i'm. just really strange and. this is the news africa coming up in the next 15 minutes to kill or not to kill one has lifted a ban on the elephant hunting but not everyone agrees we'll hear the arguments for and against the controversial move. and we'll also hear from the kenyans hoping the country's high court will strike down rules that her make a mistake when receipt of pride if they win kenya will be the 1st east african country to decriminalize gay 6.
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i'm christine wonderwall come to news africa i'm glad you're cheating didn't want to hazard if to a ban on elephant hunting the government says they are too many elephants and farm will struggle to keep them out of the fields with a each crops and can kill people now and then one has the largest innocent population in africa conservationists say it's home 213-0000 elephants but the government says that number is much higher the ban on in if attempting was introduced in the southern african country in $24.00 by then president and comma a teen environmentalist but many of which one is in offense roam across borders into the movie and zimbabwe all 4 countries have called for a global ban on elephant ivory trade to be rid. my 1st guest today has written on elephant poaching and the ivory trade in africa some of ill
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from the university of canton england joins me now welcome to the africa professor do you think his government has made the right call here i think it has for a number of reasons the 1st is that had not decided to lift the ban on hunting i think it would have faced a really serious problem with the people who live in areas adjacent to large numbers of wildlife particularly elephants but also lions hyenas wild dogs and other predators because the problem rose when the hunting ban was instituted was that local people lost a huge amount of income from selling hunting quotas to safari hunting companies this could be as much as $600000.00 for a small village and that would be directing money for health clinics goals water pumps and that sort of thing all right if you were very angry when they lost that
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ok so who are the people who are opposed to the lifting off the ban and what cases are they making. well the for president in karma who is the one who instituted the ban in 2014 he argues that killing elephants is bad for botswana's image will damage the tourist industry and one must say that he personally has large investments in the tourist industry so he definitely has an axe to grind there he's very influenced to buy some western n.g.o.s animal rights groups who say the hunting is wrong and shouldn't happen under any circumstances and also the well known filmmaker derek your bear who is based in botswana who is strongly against hunting who argues that hunting doesn't do any economic good for local communities and damages elephants but all the people who argue against it don't seem to grapple
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with the basic problem that in some areas if you don't have hunting then the wildlife would disappear because there is no other way of gaining income a lot of these areas are not suitable for eco tourism tourists won't go there because there aren't the facilities and so it will go to poor farming and wildlife would just disappear completely ok so how can this be done in a way. that is allowing this idea how can it be done in a way that ensures that the elephants are not going to be killed to extinction. well when you look at the history of thoughts one has conservation policies from independence in 1966 to the hunting down in 2014 the elephant population went up from under 50000 elephants to somewhere in the region of 132160000 elephants and that was while hunting was taking place so hunting far from damaging
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the elephant population create conditions in which local people tolerated elegance there was less there was still human elephant conflict but less local people were opposed to poaching because if they were selling the hunting quotas they didn't want poachers coming in killing their wildlife and so the system worked and this is a return to a system where local people benefit from the presence of animals through the money they'll get from selling hunting quotas then you might actually get an improvement in the situation. all right professor keep some of the oil from the university of kent thank you for that but it's to kenya where the high court is due to issue a ruling that could strike down colonial era rolls that criminalize homosexuality in 2016 gay rights organizations filed petitions asking the court to declare sections of the penal code and constitutional the organizations argue the laws
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violate rights including the right to human dignity and the right to freedom from discrimination as it stands anyone convicted of gay sex in kenya can spend years behind bars. the rainbow flag is a symbol of gay pride across the world but in kenya it's rarely seen flying. the national gay and lesbian human rights commission is one of the few places that displease it proudly and it's here that the fight to repeal an anti homosexuals law in kenya is being fought the law it is somewhat vague given that it was taken from very very old laws which were previously formed from canon law so the law is very vague in its wording however what it into me it's that carnal knowledge against the order of nature that it seems that activities specifically between males is criminal and shall be punished with up to 14 years in prison. the
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kind of high court was expected to give a ruling on decriminalizing homosexuality in february but the judgment was pushed back it's very tense as one would expect it to be we've been waiting for this for a long time and with the postponement in february where obviously we really hope that the courts will read a judgment and of course it will be in our favor. the l.g.b. to community is actually reaching the ruling and the public's reaction to it the latter is a big unknown can public opinion on this issue is really anyone's guess and that's because here in this country conversations about homosexuality or the queer community don't happen openly and one person is saying that violence is part of the problem. that person is telling what she wrote he hopes the upcoming court's ruling will encourage constructive dialogue it would set a precedent for other countries that are trying to do to go down the do can i say should. and i strongly believe it's the right thing to be in the right people can i
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ask him what it would mean to him personally if the courts ruled to repeal the law . what does he need it would mean that would be free to be yourselves. and i hope we'll be able as as a community in kenya as a community in kenya to be free to carry. on minorities in the last who are still fighting to be recognized. by the national gay and lesbian human rights commission they're preparing for any outcome and they promise to keep fighting if this friday doesn't end in celebration. in zimbabwe a 5 human rights campaign is have appeared in court on accusation off crossing to overthrow the government the men deny their charges and their lawyers accuse authorities of targeting human rights campaigners after protests in january
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triggered by a few i can feel prices are holding 100 percent president emerson and i will warrant that all 4 teams would target rights groups deemed to be anti government. privilege my friend he has been following the case he joins me now from zimbabwe's capital high privilege good to see you tell us more about the challenges these men are facing. there 5 activists facing charges of protein suffrage petition the elected government of zimbabwe the allegations are that there are 5 true motives on the 13th of may and that ended that which will for a few weeks the s.a.t. have been. being taught how to. put it back to see who will be going to the government and they were trained in the use of small arms according to the state this is watching their fight being charged and you just
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notice that this. crime it's one of the serious crimes according to this about when or if convicted while he's bound to be given a sentence of between 20 years all a life sentence ok talk to us about the timing of all of this it comes as there i had intentions in the country. is coming at a time when yes the attention's in the country because of their continued melting down of the economy our people are going through. you know difficult challenges and difficult times in terms of the economy. their cost of living keeps on going high particularly this week when government increased the price of fuel. this is the 2nd time after. the increase that happened in january of this year when
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. violent demonstrations erupted throughout the country saw the timing is that you know you see that there is this wanted list being pretty good. with suspicions that the government is just victim that they may be uprising because of the disgruntlement that is within the book collision the price what is going with the economy ok privilege very quickly how wasn't bobby ins reacting to their arrest selfies if human rights activists. the way it is being taken is that due to being taken as just one of those cases that used to have been what we were witnessing in during the former president robert mugabe you know with activists and rights. defenders with being arrested on trumped up charges for protein are going to the state so you few speak to some rights of the captive is the actually saying that it is this data that is afraid of the people this shows that the state is afraid of
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the people there for the that's why this is happening and they're also saying that you know it shows also the coverage of the government that nothing much has changed from the era that was there in the past ok did obvious provisional shine you did reporting for us in how to thank you. and that is it for now from day to every news africa as always you can catch allows stories on our website and facebook page on the news of lifting a ban on elephant typing we'll leave you with some pictures of africa's great giant see you next time 5 right.
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sure a big idea but what's become of it and what will it look like tomorrow. d.w. gets ready for an in-depth look at the european elections asking the questions that matter. for european voters hopes for the parliament what challenges lie ahead from way too long the closer sense of the people in power have come their way with not doing anything to fight the kind of crisis. you know much of the rest of.
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expert discussion. is or more it's voters 1st hand. as in all. the european elections on may 26th on. yes it's time for some cultural hello welcome i'm coming up on today's show. fantastical images from multimedia office meo who will join me here in the studio. and a whole italian town as a backdrop for a festival of lights. in. the box we begin with
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a look back at the life of british writer and illustrator of children's books judith who's died aged 95 she was actually born here in berlin but fled the nazis with her parents in the early 1930 s. a most famous book remains the tiger who came to tea there were many witty and lovingly illustrated books like the whole series on monk the cat was always getting into difficult situations is mole. judith kerr's career as an award winning author started with a bedtime story she invented for her daughter she didn't wrote down and illustrated the tiger who came to teen which was published in 1968 and has since sold millions of copies worldwide but it was a less whimsical book for young adults that really launched her career when hitler still pink rabbit is a semi autobiographical book based on her own childhood experiences.

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