Pambazuka News 269: Ivory Coast: Dynamics of mediation

Thirty poets from thirteen countries will descend on Johannesburg and Durban for a groundbreaking experience of words and rhythms at the 10th Poetry Africa international poetry festival in early October.The festival showcases a diversity of poetic styles that bring together the traditional and the cutting edge.

In recent years, the US, Europe and other industrialised powers have been stepping up their efforts to sign bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs). This increased attention to bilateral deals goes hand in hand with the deadlock in global trade talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).