Africa

Egypt court voids block on islands transfer to Saudis

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The ruling invalidates a January decision that blocked the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi… Al Jazeera An Egyptian court ruled on Sunday that a controversial deal to hand over two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia can go forward, voiding an earlier ruling that blocked the… The Court of Urgent Matters ruled against a… Egypt court voids… Read More »

African countries say they support women’s rights. But where’s the money?

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The Maputo Protocol, adopted by the African Union in 2003, was expected to transform the landscape for women’s rights on the continent. Ashwanee Budoo The Conversation Its aim was to set standards and create positive change across a range of areas including violence against women, child marriage, land rights and harmful practices. But 14 years… African countries say… Read More »

The ups and downs of Africa’s online gambling boom

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Gambling is a multitrillion-dollar industry and Africa is one of the newest, most exciting players to sit at the table. The East Africa Monitor Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are the fastest growing markets on the continent, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers, while Uganda and… It’s not only the casinos that are driving Africa’s gambling boom either, but the rise of online sports betting that’s gripping people across the continent. There’s serious money to be made for innovators in the industry and, ... Read More »

How to make an Internet of Intelligent Things work for Africa

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Late in 2016 Senegal’s Banque Regionale De Marches announced the launch of the eCFA Franc; a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau. Martin Hall The Conversation This and similar innovations mark the coming of age of a new generation of applications – an Internet of Intelligent Things – that could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa. The Internet of… How to ... Read More »

Women in 2017 are not content with equal rights. Now we want power

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On March 10, 2017, a coalition of women’s and human rights organisations put together the largest political convention of women in Kenya’s history. Muthoni Kamuru Daily Nation It brought together more than 5,000 women from 20 counties at the historic Bomas of Kenya. Women had come… Women in 2017… Read More »

A negotiated threat to democracy

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The advent of devolution four years ago gave the residents of northern Kenya immense hope of development. Hassan Malik Mohamed Daily Nation The good news is that progress has begun to be felt and smelt in the expansive region through the construction of roads and improved access to health care. However, the misapplication… A negotiated threat to… Read More »

Africa: Before And After Colonialism

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From their plush apartments, over groaning dinner tables, pseudo-intellectuals have the luxury of depicting squalor and sickness as idyllic, primordially peaceful and harmonious. Ilana Mercer The Daily Caller After all, when the affluent relinquish their earthly possessions to return to the simple life, it is always with aid of sophisticated technology and the option to be air-lifted to a hospital if the need arises. Is there any… Africa: Before And… Read More »

The Last 21 km Of Fenceline Between David Pocock And His Wildest Dreams

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The Wallabies star is making a real difference on his sabbatical, as we knew he… Anthony Sharwood HuffPost Last time we spoke to David Pocock, he was just about to take his six month sabbatical from top level rugby and hook up with conservation group WildArk. Well that’s all happening right… His mission? It’s pretty simple. WildArk has acquired its… The Last 21… Read More »

Citizens should demand the type of leader they want

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Many times in the past, we have heard aspirants claim they are running for office in response to popular grass-roots demands. Godwin Murunga Daily Nation Often, it is difficult, even impossible, to verify these claims. In many more instances, those who make the claims end up losing spectacularly in the elections while others do not even make it to the final ballot. In most cases… Citizens should demand… Read More »

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention, says lawyer

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Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on March 24 where he had spent much of the last six years in detention, his lawyer… Hurriyet Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the… “Yes,” his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told… Ousted Egypt president… Read More »

A dangerous protectionism decision

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Economic administrators for G20 countries who gathered in Germany last week have failed to make a significant decision. Cemil Ertem Daily Sabah However, even strategic issues that are not cited in decisive texts in such periods can tell us current trends. Protectionism has become… A dangerous protectionism… Read More »

Mubarak Walks Free, In What Could Be The Final Twist For Egypt’s Former Dictator

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Six years after the Arab Spring, Egypt’s former leader Hosni Mubarak has left a military hospital and is heading home. Bill Chappell npr Mubarak, 88 and ailing, was acquitted by Egypt’s top appeals court of charges that he ordered police to kill anti-government protesters in 2011. Mubarak had ruled… Mubarak Walks Free… Read More »

Investment in Africa: There’s room for everyone

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What African countries want are partners who are in it for the long haul and can deliver the best return on investment. Rosa Whitaker Al Jazeera News China is not “moving relentlessly across Africa”. Despite what Peter… Investment in Africa… Read More »

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

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Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

The sweep of perpetual famine?

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The media is presenting us with images of the mother of all famines, stretching from Yemen to Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and northern Nigeria. Jonathan Power Arab News There have been bad famines in the not-so-distant past, such as the Ethiopian one in 1985 that triggered rock star Bob Geldof to organize a global popular response. In 1974 at… The sweep of… Read More »

The largest humanitarian crisis since the UN’s creation

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UN officials are usually known for their measured and understated approach, even in the face of major crises and upheavals. Yossi Mekelberg Arab News Hence we must take with the utmost gravity the warning by Stephen O’Brien, undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, that “we stand at a critical point in history. Already at the… The largest humanitarian… Read More »