- Tough times: term limits have been overturned; Africa had many disputed elections. In the US, a racist was elected president, and in the Philippines they voted in a fouled-mouthed vigilante
Gambia Opposition Does The ‘Impossible’, Beats Strongman Jammeh After 22-Year Rule – He Surprises By ‘Conceding’ DefeatEqually stunning, Jammeh conceded defeat. The unseating of an incumbent president is not the usual way politics plays out in Africa
NUMBER OF THE WEEK: Over 105,000 Africans – Most From Ethiopia – Have Shipped To War-torn Yemen So Far This YearThis year’s record crossings compare to just 25,898 in 2006 – when Yemen was not at war and would therefore have been a more "attractive" destination
‘Fideri’ Castro, Liberation, And A Strange Affair: How African Anti-Communists Too Came To Love The Cuban Leader (Part 2)The Battle of Cuito Canavale was easily the biggest military confrontation in modern Africa since World War II. Both apartheid South Africa, and Cuba and Angola, claimed victory
Fidel Castro, Liberation, And An Old Affair: How Even African Anti-Communists Came To Love The Cuban Leader (Part 1)Sections of the African political elite were suspicious and even hostile to Cuba (and the Soviet Union) for years – a series of surprised events in the 1980s conspired to change that
Hacking A Continent
With Rwanda’s Kaberuka Out, The Race For Next AU Chief Heads For Big Regional Face-Off In January (UPDATED)Nov. 25 UPDATE: Kenya's Foreign minister enters the fray, and for the next vote West Africa has a candidate the region has rallied around
- E-fraud is an obstacle to drawing those who don’t have bank accounts into the formal financial system. In Nigeria only 53% of the population is in the banking system
- Mozambique remains poor. But it is now approaching the living standard levels of other low income African countries, like Tanzania
- In South Africa there is more than a 25% chance of dying prematurely from non-communicable diseases. This compares to the average of less than 15% for the US and Europe
- Cutting edge science based on indigenous knowledge could lead to the development of drought-tolerant crops or new medicines for the future
Trump Likely To Be Nightmare For Democrats In Africa – And The American Leader Its Big Men Have Been Praying ForTrump has demonstrated a disregard for conflicts of interest. If America’s president can profit from public service, why should Africa’s strongmen not seize such opportunities?
- Tanzanian Maasai hair braiders are in high demand in Zambia, while Congolese, Kenyan, and Ugandan hairdressers are sought after by Tanzanian women
- Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate in the world. In 2015 about 28% of people between the ages of 15 and 49 in the country were HIV positive
- In the Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem, between 1977 and 2014 the number of Thomson’s gazelles declined by over 70%, impalas by more than 86% and others, including giraffes, by at least 64% - 84%
- What was once a bowl of dust on which residents played football by day and got robbed by night is now nothing short of a marvel
Myth & Reality
As America Says Goodbye To Michelle Obama, Its Mom-in-Chief, The White-Black Feminist Divide Over Her Dies DownWhile white feminists worried about the sexist implications of Obama’s maternal stance, black feminists pointed out that African-American women have rarely had the opportunity to prioritise motherhood. Economic necessity has meant that generations of black women have had to work outside the home
Giant Arch, Taller Than Egypt’s Red Pyramid, Moved Over Chernobyl Nuclear Site – Done For Next 100 Years (PHOTOS)Even with the new arch, the surrounding zone, which is larger than the African island nation of Comoros, will remain largely uninhabitable and closed to most visitors
- Women with makeup were viewed as more promiscuous, and more attractive to men, and were also more likely to make women jealous
Sovereign debt is being watched carefully across Africa as a prolonged commodity markets slump and a stronger dollar makes it more difficult for governments to keep up with their repayments.
Former French colonies are by far the most likely to see the colonial power as most influential, a legacy of the policy of Françafrique. Zimbabwe’s sees China, its friend in need, as most influential
Cuba is a small island nation that has had a huge impact on post-colonial Africa, and possibly no other figure would have as towering an influence on Africa’s revolutionary imagination than Fidel Castro.
‘It All Started Innocently…Then He Hit Me In The Face’: The Scandal Of Sexual Abuse In The Aid Sector“During a party at my compound a senior manager grabbed me by the arms and stuck his tongue down my throat"
Hasn’t Been This Bad Since 1967-70 Biafra War: Africa’s Richest Country Needs Help In Boko Haram-Fuelled Food CrisisAs though the problems posed by the shortages are not bad enough, the distribution of relief material is fraught with allegations of corruption, mismanagement, fraud, and outright theft by government officials.
The Internet Has Been Blocked, It’s Election Time In Africa: A Continent’s New Political War In CyberspaceIn Africa many times it is not the voters who decide the winner, but those who count and announce the results. Expect the fight to control the internet, which can define who the victor is, to be even more furious in future
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- ‘It All Started Innocently…Then He Hit Me In The Face’: The Scandal Of Sexual Abuse In The Aid Sector
- The Battle Between Man And Nature: In The Lands South Of Nairobi, Wildlife Suffers Deadly Blows
- It is hard to imagine that mathematics, a subject that many people dread, can be an interesting story
- How did a country of that size and with a population of 7.1 million people come to embody cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship?
- 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”
- Sadat was not of Egypt’s traditional Oriental-European ruling elite stock, and the snobbish upper classes always viewed him as an outsider.