Africa

Ethiopia’s coffee farmers eye more fair trade amid rising share in global market

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When you enjoy a warm cup of coffee from a cafe run by an international chain like Starbucks, you may hardly realize that the unique flavor may be coming out of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa Daily Sabah You are also unlikely to hear the refrain of millions of coffee farmers in the eastern Africa nation, the majority of who do not reap the benefits of their hard-earned produce. For every kilogram of… Ethiopia’s coffee farmers eye more… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

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Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »

Total’s Cyprus Block 11 could rival Egypt’s Zohr discovery, IHS Markit says

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HOUSTON — Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to new analysis from IHS Markit. Total’s announcement that… World Oil “The Zohr gas discovery in… Total’s Cyprus Block… Read More »

Why Saudi Arabia and Egypt are competing for influence in Africa

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CAIRO — Some Middle Eastern countries are showing a great deal of interest in Africa these days, and although Africa seems to welcome the attention, it can do without the drama. Ayah Aman Al Monitor Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in particular, have extended their drive for influence in the Mideast by competing in some African countries. Their differences over… Why Saudi Arabia and… Read More »

Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism and the Gondar protests

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An analysis on what the rising ethnic nationalism among the historically powerful Amhara means for the country’s future. Kalkidan Yibeltal Al Jazeera News Amba Giorgis, Ethiopia – Etenesh* sits alone on a worn cow skin in her mud-walled home in Amba Giorgis, a small Ethiopian market town in the northerly Amhara region. Her husband, a merchant… Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism… Read More »

Mutinous soldiers free Ivory Coast defense minister after reaching deal

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Mutinous soldiers released Ivory Coast’s Defense Minister Alain Richard Donwahi late Jan. 7 after detaining him for two hours in a tense standoff over pay. Hurriyet BOUAKE, Ivory Coast Donwahi, who flew into the west African country’s second city Bouake earlier in the day in a bid to defuse an… Mutinous soldiers free… Read More »

Liberia: ‘Big Boy 1’ Arrested But…

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A former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon has been arrested by Criminal Court “C” for his alleged involvement in the Global Witness bribery scandal but later released. By Ames K. Kadi,Jr allAfrica Shannon’s arrest on Thursday comes barely a… Liberia: ‘Big Boy… Read More »

South Africa: Countdown for Matric Results

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Pretoria — The wait is almost over for the Class of 2016 as Matric learners will tomorrow find out their fate as the National Senior Certificate Examination (NSC) results are set to be released. AllAfrica This evening, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the… South Africa: Countdown… Read More »

Volunteerism: A prerequisite for Africa’s progress

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The continent’s future lies in the hands of the youth who can successfully harness agriculture and clean energy. Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi Al Jazeera News “Africa will write its own history and, both north and south of the Sahara, it will be a history full of glory and dignity.” These profound words of… Volunteerism: A prerequisite for… Read More »

Can France hold corrupt African leaders to account?

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The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president is on trial in France for misusing state funds. Al Jazeera The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president has been accused of widespread corruption and money laundering, but he is not being tried for it in his home country of Equatorial Guinea. Instead, Vice President Teodoro… Can France hold corrupt… Read More »

The hidden impediment to political change in Sudan

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Even if the majority of the Sudanese prefer democracy, they will choose it with subdued enthusiasm. Ali Abu Maryam Al Jazeera News There is something conspicuously selfish about the generational behaviour of people. On the atomic… The hidden impediment… Read More »

End these ethnic clashes

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The deadly traditional rivalry between neighbouring communities in the northwest of the country, which is often manifested in cattle rustling, has wreaked havoc for too long. Daily Nation There have been heavy casualties in terms of lives lost and homes razed as the raiders drive away cattle. People have been… End these ethnic… Read More »

Don’t Get Mired in Failed States

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There are many forces out there in the world, based in failed states, who want to destroy the United States. They can’t. David A. Bell The National Interest THE MOST predictable crises the new administration will face will involve failed states, mired in Don’t Get Mired… Read More »

War on elephant poachers is front line to halt extinction

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It is no coincidence that the demand for ivory has soared along with the rising wealth of Asia, particularly in China Asia Times Nicolas Delaunay It was one of the most momentous events in the battle against poaching: 11 giant pyres of elephant tusks going up in flames in Kenya as the world looked on. The largest destruction of… War on elephant poachers is… Read More »

Nigeria rice ‘contaminated, not plastic’ – NAFDAC

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Lab tests on a consignment of rice seized by Nigerian customs officials show that the product is “contaminated” but not plastic, the National Agency For Food and Drugs (Nafdac) says. BBC News The rice contained bacteria “above permissible limits”, a senior Nafdac official said. Customs officials’ claims… Nigeria rice ‘contaminated… Read More »

Mauritius: Marine Spatial Plan to Be Elaborated for the Exclusive Economic Zone of Mauritius

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A Marine Spatial Plan for the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Mauritius will be elaborated in view of the increasing demand for marine space in the EEZ for various purposes, particularly, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, tourism and leisure. AllAfrica The main purpose of marine spatial planning is to identify the… Mauritius: Marine Spatial… Read More »