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AP / Nastasya Tay

Six Dead in Mozambique Bread Riots

Soaring bread prices have sparked riots around Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo, but worse still is the fact that police killed at least six people and used live ammunition because—wait for it—they “ran out of rubber bullets.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Dropping the G-Word

Seven years after a decade-long spate of violence in the Congo, a leaked U.N. draft report on the slaughter of tens of thousands of ethnic Hutus by Rwandan soldiers tepidly says that the horrific mass killings may possibly constitute genocide.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service

When Dmitry Met Bono

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took some time away from the Kremlin on Tuesday to chill at his resort home by the Black Sea, sip tea and talk saving the world and whatnot with U2’s do-gooder frontman Bono.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Saul Loeb

Troubled Times Slash G-8 Aid Pledge

With the scent of the global financial crisis swimming in their nostrils, G-8 leaders pledged a mere $5 billion in aid to reduce deaths among African mothers and infants, a decrease of 90 percent in the funding promised five years ago at the group’s meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Wagner T. Cassimiro "Aranha" (CC-BY)

Save the Trees, Save the Planet

What would the wealthy nations of the West (and their rising rivals in the East) do if they actually wanted to prevent catastrophic warming? Here in Africa, the obvious answer is that they would find the ways and means to discourage deforestation.

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


Soccer: The Year of Africa

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Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


Doctors Without Borders
Michael Coles, Red Floor Pictures

Doctors Without Borders, With a Film Crew

Mark Hopkins, the director of the new documentary “Living in Emergency,” about the international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières—Doctors Without Borders—compares the group to the Special Forces. Not many people get accepted to the program, and of those who are, few go on to do a second mission.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / thaths

Millions at Risk in Africa Drought

With malnutrition already well past dangerous levels, some 10 million Africans will face extreme hunger over the next few months as the threat of famine floats across West Africa amid a drought that killed off last year’s crops and has left the region’s agricultural economy in ruins.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE



DoD photo / SSG Lorie Jewell, U.S. Army

Secret U.S. Plans for Clandestine Mideast Military Activity Brought to Light

The New York Times is calling it a “secret directive,” but it’s not so secret anymore, it would appear: Back in September, Gen. David Petraeus signed an order to expand “clandestine military activity” around the Middle East.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


onyango

Obama’s African Aunt Granted Asylum in U.S.

The third time was the charm for Barack Obama’s African aunt, Zeituni Onyango, when it came to her quest for U.S. political asylum. While some cynical types might sniff about special treatment ... (continued)

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / GaijinSeb

Jailed Gay Couple Ignite Rights Battle

A gay couple in Malawi who made history and controversy when they were wed in a symbolic marriage ceremony in December now face 14 years in prison with hard labor in a country where homosexual acts have been declared illegal.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


The Dictatorship That Cried Wolf

Egypt has officially been in a state of emergency since 1981, allowing the government extraordinary powers such as the ability to arrest and detain someone forever for no reason. The Egyptian government has just extended the emergency powers for two years, using Guantanamo and the Patriot Act as political cover.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / George Osodi

Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua Dies at 58

Speculation about the health of Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua ended Wednesday with the announcement of his death at age 58. Late last year, Yar’Adua’s position was assumed by his second-in-command, acting President Goodluck Jonathan, but not without controversy.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Pan-African News Wire File

Sudan Heads to the Polls

Sudan’s three-day election period begins Sunday, a contest that many see as deeply flawed. Several opposition parties have declined to participate and many of the country’s 2.5 million refugees are not registered to vote.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE


Nigerian women
AP / Jon Gambrell

Nigeria’s Unholy War

You may have heard about the city of Jos, the capital of Plateau state in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, and wondered why it is a flashpoint of unspeakable violence. On Jan. 17, mobs killed about 400 residents of Jos. The second round of attacks, on March 7, was even more vicious.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Supremacist’s Slaying Stirs Racial Divide

A South African white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche, was allegedly murdered by two farmhands in the northwest region of the country, eliciting cries of protest from his far-right followers and a plea for calm from the country’s black president, Jacob Zuma.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE


Yar'Adua and Jonathan
AP / George Osodi

One Nation, Two Presidents

Now, what was the interest of the Saudi authorities in keeping Yar’Adua, the president of a sovereign nation, incommunicado and out of his people’s reach for three months? And if the Saudi authorities had nothing to do with the president being out of reach, who kept him away from his officials and his people?

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


Jonathan
AP / George Osodi

Nigerian Leader to Assemble New Cabinet

Nigeria’s interim President Goodluck Jonathan will hopefully live up to his name after sacking his entire Cabinet on Wednesday. Given that he’s got less than a year before the next national election, Jonathan has to work fast to pick a new lineup, and many members may be familiar faces.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Martin Beek

Gadhafi’s Personal Holy War

Moammar Gadhafi has had it up to here with Switzerland. First they arrest his son on charges of beating up two servants at a luxury hotel. Then they pass a pretty horrible law banning mosque’s minarets. Now, Gadhafi has called for a holy war against the country, a move which has received almost universal denouncement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


AIDS ribbon
Flickr / chatirygirl

Epidemiologist Sees a Way to Curb Spread of HIV/AIDS

Going after HIV with antiretroviral drugs as soon after infection as possible could significantly slow the spread of the virus, according to epidemiologist Brian Williams. One familiar challenge in implementing this strategy, however, lies in getting people to agree to be tested.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Niger Hit by Military Coup

A military junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy, captured Niger’s President Mamadou Tandja and his Cabinet on Thursday in a coup d’etat welcomed by opposition leaders and potentially by a population frustrated with the government, which critics say has stayed in power past its legal term.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


The ‘Cross-Dressing Cannibals’ of Liberia

Whether strung together to inform or shock or possibly both, this Vice TV take on Liberia’s civil war is just horrifying—and fascinating. Warning: graphic content.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE



ethiopianairlines.com

90 Feared Dead in Lebanon Plane Crash

An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 90 passengers and crew crashed off the coast of Lebanon on Monday. The aircraft, which took off in a severe storm, was seen on fire before it went down. The cause of the crash is officially unknown, but Lebanese officials discounted the possibility of sabotage.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


Nigerian-American demonstrators
AP / Paul Sancya

The Mutallab Challenge

Christmas 2009 was not particularly cheery in Nigeria. A poor economic climate, an epileptic power supply and scarcity of petroleum products ensured that the celebrations were low-key. As if these challenges were not enough, news of an attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner by a Nigerian filtered in on Christmas Day. The nation’s heart sank.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Adriana Sapone

Italian Town Aims Wrath at Migrant Workers

Tensions over immigration in a small Italian town have erupted in violent attacks on African farmworkers, leading police to remove 300 migrants from the community and send them to holding centers—accompanied by cheers from the townsfolk.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE


AK-47s for All

The carnage taking place in the Congo has escaped media attention in the U.S.—but not in The Onion, which produced this satirical Congolese news report on the Congo’s version of a stimulus package.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


Gay Marriage Prompts Arrest in Malawi

Two Malawian men could spend the next 14 years in jail after taking part in an unofficial marriage ceremony in the southeast African country. Under the guise of the law, the couple have been subjected to beatings, they say, as well as other indignities, such as the threat of a medical examination to determine whether they’ve had sex.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


iRape

The dirty little secret of the consumer electronics boom is that a lot of the sexy little gadgets you use every day are made from minerals that help fund what this video says is “the deadliest conflict in the world since the holocaust.”

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Eritrean Team Seeks Asylum in Kenya

You know things are bad when your national soccer team flees the country. That’s what happened to Eritrea, whose national team absconded while in Kenya for a regional soccer tournament. The athletes later reappeared in the capital city of Nairobi, seeking asylum.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


digital dump
AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

Digital Dumping and the Global ‘E-Cycling’ Scam

The port of Lagos in Nigeria receives about 400,000 used computers every month, out of which only one in four is useful. The rest end up in landfills, garbage dumps and, in a curious twist, as resources for scammers.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE



securingpharma.com

Massive Malaria Vaccine Trial Begins

A new vaccine trial is underway in Africa in an attempt to control malaria, a disease that not only kills 1 million people every year, but also makes 300 million seriously sick. If the trial results come back positive, a worldwide vaccine could be available as soon as 2012.

Posted on Nov 7, 2009 READ MORE



armybase.us

40,000 Flee New Fighting in Congo

A recent upsurge in fighting between the Lord’s Resistance Army and soldiers of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced 40,000 people, adding to the nearly half a million persons already uprooted by the conflict.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


global hunger
wfp.org

United Nations: 1 Billion Going Hungry Worldwide

Global hunger is a “world emergency” now, if it wasn’t before, with the number of hungry people rising to a record 1 billion, according to the United Nations. Given this scary statistic, it’s not looking good for a goal, set in 2000, to reduce the number of people going hungry worldwide by half by 2015.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Widespread Rape, 157 Dead in Guinea ‘Hell’

A human rights organization reported 157 dead after Guinean troops fired on protesters Tuesday. Widespread rape has also been reported by witnesses. The country’s opposition leader was quoted by the BBC as saying, “I don’t know whether I’m on earth or in hell.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


Kenya
EPA / Stephen Morrison

Kenyan Poverty Tourism

Poverty has apparently become a kind of spectacle: Places such as Brazil’s favela slums and India’s shantytowns have become part of a “poverty tour” industry. Now Kenya has jumped on the bandwagon, with several organizations selling guided trips through the wretched Kibera slum in Nairobi.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 READ MORE


UN Sudan
fresh.co.il

War Is Over! (If You Say So)

The U.N. military commander in Sudan has announced that the war in Darfur—which has killed more than 300,000 people—is over. Three million Sudanese remain displaced as the conflict ostensibly shifts from full-blown war to mere “security issues.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


Nollywood
localworlds.org

Nollywood Rising

The Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood (a play on Hollywood in the manner of Bollywood), has grown from an accidental discovery into a mega-industry of over 2,000 titles and $200M annually.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


yusuf
bbc.co.uk

Nigerian Sect Leader Killed in Police Custody

According to Nigerian officials, Boko Haram leader Mohammed Yusuf was shot dead hours after his capture on Thursday—one of hundreds killed over five days of fighting between members of the Islamic group and local police forces.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Africa
blackplanet.com

Obama to Seek to End Africa’s Conflicts

It seems that President Obama has finally taken Africa seriously—and in a way that doesn’t look like Bush-era health funding that reeks of an infomercial for Christian charity. In a speech on Saturday, Obama is expected to focus on the importance of democratic governance on the continent and will make the ending of conflicts a key diplomatic initiative.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 READ MORE


Stadium Strike
cbsnews.com

S. African Strike Threatens World Cup

Talk about a trump card. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is set to be a momentous occasion for the country to show itself off to the world. But a strike by 70,000 construction workers demanding pay increases has halted work on the stadiums being built for the tournament.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE



Collage: eonline.com / andrewbostom.org / drrobertrey.com

Designer Vaginas: Is Female Circumcision Coming Out of the Closet?

As a circumcised and sexually fulfilled African woman who has been lectured for years by Western NGOs about the moral implications of my genitalia, you can imagine my surprise learning about the the wind of labiaplasties and genital rejuvenations currently sweeping across Europe and America.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


Dream Center
flickr.com

Privatizing Health Care in the Third World

For only $5 a month, you too can undermine a developing country’s health infrastructure. Since 1990, foreign funding for “development assistance” has quadrupled, offering medical resources to the poor but also luring local health care workers away from government hospitals and toward more lucrative private companies.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


Charles Taylor
abcnews.com

Charles Taylor Finds Yahweh

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has found a new religion, reports say. The one-time African dictator, on trial at The Hague accused of crimes against humanity, has decided to convert to Judaism. According to one of his wives, after arriving in the Netherlands “he got to know that he really, really wanted to be a Jew.”

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE


Cholera
time.com

Cholera Plagues Zimbabwe

Cholera, the scourge of centuries past, has infected 100,000 people in Zimbabwe, dwarfing the body count of the much better publicized swine flu and demonstrating once again the dramatic and tragic inequality of health care in many parts of the developing world.

Posted on May 27, 2009 READ MORE


Wenger
blackartstudio.com

Austrian Artist Becomes Nigerian Ancestor

How did an Austrian girl who was born into a Christian family end up as high priestess of a Yoruba goddess in Nigeria? Suzanne Wenger’s life demonstrates that people are just people after all, that is, when they put aside race, values, beliefs and the other things that divide us.

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


Zuma Zuma
ning.com

ANC Celebrates Early in South Africa

With official results expected Saturday, South Africa’s presidency and a two-thirds majority in parliament will go to Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress, making Zuma the third president in the country’s short democratic history.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 READ MORE


Piracy of Africa [A Cartoon From Jordan]

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Posted on Apr 15, 2009 READ MORE


Mogae
AP photo / Mustafa Quraishi

Who is Mogae?

Almost everyone in the United States or indeed anywhere else in the world knows about Zimbabwe’s sit-tight president, Robert Mugabe. But who is Mogae? Who is Chissano? Who is Kikwete? And who is Kufuor? Sadly, very few people outside Africa recognize these names.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009 READ MORE


Dylan
thelineofbestfit.com

Dylan: Obama’s ‘Like a Fictional Character, but He’s Real’

Bob Dylan, seasoned troubadour and chronicler of a-changin’ times, recognizes a story-worthy character when he sees one, and he certainly sees one in Barack Obama, judging by his description of the president in an interview with the U.K.’s Times Online.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE


Darfur Food Rations
Los Angeles Times / Lynsey Addario

Darfur Food Disaster Looms

Aid agencies fear that more than a million people in the African region of Darfur may not be getting humanitarian food rations starting in May. The worries come weeks after the Sudanese government expelled more than a dozen foreign aid groups after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE


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