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What would Earth look like without humans? Hint, it’s a lot like Africa.

The human mark on planet Earth has manifested itself in skyscrapers, in highways, in power lines, in sprawling cities. Evidence of the homo sapiens …

Sub-Saharan Africa

What will Africa’s future libraries look like?

South African librarians were shocked in 2013 when one of the top researchers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology claimed that he no …

Makerspaces

Five ways China's economic crisis will affect Africa

<b>Signs of an economic slowdown in China have led to fears of a global recession, including Africa, given the close ties it has built up with China in recent years.</b><p>BBC Africa Business Report's Lerato Mbele looks at five ways the continent could be affected:<p>The rand<p>South Africa's currency has taken …

Africa

Capitalism stinks: Something is rotten in Lebanon - and it's not just the garbage

For people like me, who have been making films and writing about those countless uprisings and destabilization campaigns, from Egypt to Syria, all …

The New Oil Order: in charts

The Financial Times has been investigating what the plunge in the oil price since the summer of 2014 has meant for the industry, consumers and …

Oil

See list of illegal universities in Nigeria as declared by NUC

The National Universities Commission recently released a list of illegal degree awarding institutions operating in Nigeria.<p>The list of these illegal …

This year a slave: 3 out of every 1,000 humans are still trafficked. Let's fix that

Modern-day slavery is a vicious cycle, with poor enforcement in the US and EU. If it takes the Oscars to wake us up, so be it<p>Just the other night, in the year 2014, Steve McQueen got up there on stage, accepted the trophy for Best Picture, and closed the Oscars with these simple words:<p>Everyone …

Massive military drills in Venezuela as govt stands up to perceived US threat (VIDEO)

Nearly 100,000 soldiers are taking part in massive 10-day military exercises across Venezuela, which were staged to counter an alleged US threat. It …

China's $10 billion railway across South America is either bold or insane

China has just agreed on feasibility studies with Brazil and Peru for a 3,300-mile rail link connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, Reuters reported recently.<p>The planned railway would connect Brazil's Atlantic coast and Peru's Pacific coast and would "reduce the cost of shipping grain and …

South America

Diversity in children’s apps: ‘Gender depictions tend to be very stereotyped’

But a growing number of developers are thinking hard about how they present gender, race and socio-economic differences<p>A growing number of children’s app makers are upping their efforts to ensure their products do a better job of reflecting the diversity of their young audiences.<p>This was the …

Apps

Why the Confederate flag started trending after the Charleston shooting

<b>UPDATE:</b> It was reported later that suspect Dylann Roof drove a car with Confederate flag licence plates.<p><b>In the wake of the mass shooting in South Carolina, the image of the Confederate flag started trending online - driven by liberals who blame it for stoking racism in America.</b><p>As news broke of a …

Social Media

Jeb Bush's 'anchor babies' remark distracts from real reform, advocates say

Asian-American advocacy groups criticize the Republican presidential candidate for ‘making law-abiding Asians a target for xenophobic attitudes’<p>Asian American advocacy groups are criticizing Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush after he singled them out in reviving the controversial term …

Immigration

Huckabee Says China, Not Mexico, Is Number One Source Of Undocumented Immigrants

Mexico is in fact the number one source of undocumented immigrants in America. One demographer told BuzzFeed News Huckabee is mixing up legal and illegal immigration.<p>Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said on the radio Tuesday that China, not Mexico, is the largest source of illegal immigration …

Many Silicon Valley workers are 'anchor babies'

"We want the best and the brightest to be able to come to this country," said Todd Schulte, executive director of tech lobbying firm FWD.us, in an interview with TPM. "So how does it make sense for the tech community or our country to tell people 'please create jobs, please pay taxes, please grow …

Immigration

We deride them as ‘migrants’. Why not call them people?

The term is badly tarnished after years of abuse by those who seek to strip refugees of their humanity<p>What do the following people have in common: Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England; the former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen; Nigel Farage’s wife, Kirsten; Chelsea’s new striker, Pedro; …

North Africa

Water Inequality Photos Put Privilege Into Perspective

Over the past 25 years, more underserved communities have gained greater access to clean water, but the disparities still remain vast between rich and poor areas.<p>Across the globe, 663 million people are living without potable water, an injustice that has serious consequences, particularly for young …

Impact | HuffPost

Seventy Dead Migrants Found in Chicken Truck

Thursday’s grim discovery on an Austrian highway is just the latest in a series of horrifying tragedies as thousands journey to supposed safety in …

Urging end to 'delaying' tactics, UN rights experts call for fairness in Guatemala's genocide trial

United Nations experts on genocide prevention and transitional justice today called on Guatemalan judicial authorities to “prevent any further …

Obstruction of Justice

Discovering the real Haiti

Haiti is like nowhere else in the Caribbean, fashioned by revolutionary slaves, vodou worship and artistic flair. Recent times have been tough, but – …

Dominican Republic