Why South Africa, Burundi Moves To Quit ICC Don’t Matter: Africa Is Just Angry At Its Global ImpotenceThere there is no evidence at all that membership in ICC has induced good behaviour in any African government
- Could the gross domestic product in Africa, a continent of 55 recognised states, be only as much as that of one country?
Numbers Of The Week: Central Lagos Has Only One Ambulance…And Uber Has Sold Over One Million Rides ThereLagos is Africa’s biggest city, with a population of nearly 22 million people
- South Sudan is a country held to ransom by the “gun class”. It’s a zero-sum game for who will be king of the hill in Juba
- An overloaded boat, carrying around 500 migrants destined for Italy, capsized. The tragedy has put the spotlight on a worrying trend - the increasing numbers of unaccompanied children
Hacking A Continent
- Over the past 50 years, Uganda has received close to eight million refugees
- Drones have already been used to deliver blood and stool samples in Madagascar, and in a Red Cross initiative to monitor a refugee camp in Uganda, though not commercially
- When the Congo war broke out, the crisis that had been predicted did not materialise. The residents of Brazzaville quietly went back to their village homes until it was safe enough to come back
By 2020 Several African Nations Will Kick Out Malaria, As One Billion Bednets Go Out, But The War Is Not OverBy the end of the decade, in Africa, Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, South Africa, and Swaziland could also be free of the disease
- Africa, which imports nearly 83% of the food it consumes, has a real chicken and egg problem
- Inspiration from African music, Mandela, African cities, and the beauty of a continent’s people
- In Niger, 76% of young women are married before they turn 18, and one in five teenage girls give birth every year on average
Life And Death In Africa: People Living Longer But Lifestyle Diseases Are Leaving A New Trail Of DestructionJust over 8 million people died in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015
- A plague near the entrance to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Cathedral in Asmara, Eritrea, lists Benito Mussolini as a donor.
- There's such a taboo against revealing one's HIV-positive status that many young people don't realise how common their situation is
Myth & Reality
- How come Tunisia, the happy child of the Arab Spring, has higher numbers of its citizens joining ISIS than Algeria?
There’s Hunger And Pain In Zimbabwe, But It’s Complicated. Mugabe’s Land Seizures Didn’t Cause It AllLand reform was chaotic, and impacted the broader economy, but Zimbabwe’s resettled small-scale farmers in general benefitted
- In countries where education is "free", someone still pays for it - the taxpayers. The poor and middle class are paying for the rich to study
Support for term limits is the majority view in the 29 countries surveyed, including those that have never had term limits, and (surprisingly) even in those that have removed them from their constitutions.
The data shows that although Kenyans downplay ethnicity when portraying themselves, ‘other’ Kenyans are the ones who are tribal. The result is that people tend to vote defensively in ethnic blocs.
If a country has a high HIV prevalence, it is correlated with a higher percentage of girls having comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS. For boys, however, their knowledge has a weaker correlation with national prevalence
- In apartheid South Africa, the “pencil test” - inserting a pencil into hair and testing whether it would hold or fall out - was used to determine proximity to whiteness, and access to political, social and economic privileges
- Ngugi wa Thiong'o was the bookies’ favourite for the second year to win the Nobel prize in literature
- In 2012 in Tanzania more than 600 people, most of whom were old women, were accused of witchcraft and murdered. In 2013 the number rose to over 750
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- Without making the absolute claim, the authors suggest that violence, corruption or a combination of the two are part of what is holding back
- His is a two-fold horror: first, that this could be happening to South Africa, of all countries; and second, is that it is becoming an “African country”
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