Thailand destroys ivory stockpile amid junta crackdown

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Thailand destroyed more than two tons of ivory on Aug. 26 – a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks. Hurriyet - BANGKOK – Agence France-Presse The ceremony, in which 2,155 kilograms of raw tusks and carved trinkets were fed into an industrial rock crusher before being ... Read More »

South African team may have solved solar puzzle even Google couldn’t crack

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Pioneering technology to deliver the cheapest, small-scale concentrated solar power plants in the world could revolutionise the renewable energy market The Guardian – Jeffrey Barbee in Stellenbosch It is a problem that has so far stumped even Google’s brainy engineers – how to generate cheap solar electricity using a small-scale array of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy. Now a ... Read More »

Why Al Jazeera will not say Mediterranean ‘migrants’

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The word migrant has become a largely inaccurate umbrella term for this complex story. Source: Al Jazeera – About the Author: Barry Malone Imagine waking your children in the morning. Imagine feeding and dressing them. Imagine pulling a little girl’s hair into a ponytail, arguing with a little boy about which pair of shoes he wants to wear. ””” There is no ... Read More »

Powers exasperated by broken ceasefires in South Sudan

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Uganda told South Sudan’s warring factions on Tuesday to put their egos aside and make peace, a day after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a deal to end a 20-month-old conflict. – (Reuters) - The Irish Times The blunt words from a regional power underlined growing exasperation among African and global leaders over a string of broken ceasefires and ... Read More »

Mauritania anti-slavery law welcomed by campaigners

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BBC - Campaigners have welcomed Mauritania’s new anti-slavery law which makes the offence a “crime against humanity”. It has also doubled the prison term for offenders to 20 years. Activists hope the law will encourage more slaves to take legal action to secure their freedom and will encourage the courts to punish slave owners. Mauritania abolished slavery in 1981, but ... Read More »

Can SADC Facilitate a Sustainable Solution to Lesotho’s Crisis?

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How the 17-18 August summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) handles the complex situation in Lesotho will matter well beyond the borders of that small enclave state of less than two million inhabitants entirely surrounded by South Africa, because it will say much about the regional organisation’s ability not just to manage explosive crises but to resolve them. ... Read More »

Revealed: Russia’s Mighty Pivot to Africa

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From 1961 to 1992, one of Moscow’s most prestigious schools bore the name of Patrice Lumumba, the Soviet-supported Congolese independence leader brutally executed in 1961. The National Interest – Eugene Steinberg Patrice Lumumba University recruited and educated generations of foreign leaders, especially African leaders, and was just one of the many ways in which the Soviet Union cultivated ties with Africa. Then with ... Read More »

Libya UN envoy Leon urges unity government within weeks

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BBC – The United Nations special envoy to Libya has called on the country’s rival governments to reconcile this month. Speaking at the start of two days of peace talks in Geneva, Bernardino Leon said a national unity government should be formed by the end of August. Libya’s internationally recognised government was last year driven from the capital Tripoli by ... Read More »

Cameron ‘shares Philip Hammond’s concerns’ about migrant threat

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Downing Street backs foreign secretary’s warning that Europe cannot cope with influx from Africa, but will not comment on ‘marauding’ rhetoric The Guardian - Rowena Mason and Frances Perraudin David Cameron shares the foreign secretary’s concerns about millions of African migrants threatening the UK’s standards of living, Downing Street has said. The prime minister’s official spokeswoman on Monday backed Philip ... Read More »