Contributors and important voices

Remembering Susan Sontag and the work of Donella Meadows and Molly Ivins

Click on the pictures to read their texts:

Elayne Clift
Grace Lee Boggs
Arundhati Roy
Molly Ivins
Gila Svirsky
In Memory of Monica Sjoo, Starhawk (her website)

Joan Baxter

Canadian journalist, award-winning author, development consultant, and anthropologist, Joan Baxter has lived and worked in Africa for over 30 years. She has reported for the BBC and other international media and researched and written on sustainable natural resource management, agriculture, mining and extractive industries, with an eye to the geo-political and economic drivers that shape our world.

Visit her website:

and learn about (and order!) her latest book (summer 2017):

BBC Focus on Africa interviews Joan Baxter, a former correspondent for the program, about her new book, “Seven Grains of Paradise: A Culinary Journey in Africa”, which celebrates Africa’s food, farms, crops and cuisines.

Listen to the interview here: August 17, 2017 BBC Focus on Africa interviews Joan Baxter

The book is available as an e-publication online from and Rakuten Kobo, and in Canada from It is available in print from many independent bookstores across Canada.

Find her excellent radio reports from West Africa:

In June 2011 a series of reports she co-researched and wrote on land-grabs in Africa was published by the Oakland InstituteUnderstanding Land Investment Deals in Africa: Sierra Leone  reveals that largely unregulated land purchases are resulting in virtually none of the promised benefits for native populations, but instead force millions of small farmers off ancestral lands and small, local food farms to make room for export commodities, including biofuels and cut flowers.

Read about her books here and here:

Joan Baxter's book A Serious Pair of Shoes – an African Journal (2000), won the Evelyn Richardson Award for non-fiction at the 2001 Atlantic Writing Awards.

Dust from our Eyes: An unblinkered look at Africa (second edition 2010) was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. It has been reissued by Pambazuka Press.  "Through the voices of the peoples of Africa and the global South,and Pambazuka News disseminate analysis and debate on the struggle for freedom and justice."

See her 6.45 minute interview about the book here.

In her first contribution to our site, The non-visionary war on hardwoods, in September 2004, Joan commented on local use of the herbicide glyphosate, a Monsanto product also known as Roundup.

See some of her most recent reporting here: