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Where Is the Empathy for Somalia?

Over the weekend, a massive truck bomb exploded in Mogadishu, the sprawling, once lovely capital of Somalia. The explosives went off on a Saturday afternoon, in a busy intersection, during a traffic jam, and killed an estimated three hundred people, at least, and injured hundreds of others. First …

Somalia

Harvey Weinstein a sad, sick man - Woody Allen

<b>Woody Allen has described Harvey Weinstein as a "sad, sick man", as the producer faces sexual assault claims.</b><p>His remarks came as he clarified comments to the BBC that the story was tragic for the women involved but also sad for Weinstein as his life was "so messed up".<p>The film-maker added he had …

Woody Allen

'Black Panther' and Wakanda: A Guide to Marvel's Fictional African Nation

So you've watched the "Black Panther" trailer and you're curious about this Wakanda place. We've got you.

Superheroes

United States Imperialism Continues War in Afghanistan and the Destabilization of Africa

<i>In just one week the United States government will commemorate its 16th anniversary in the bombing and occupation of Afghanistan.</i><i>This war did not</i> …

United States

America's shadow war in Africa

The U.S. has deployed at least 1,500 troops to the Sahel and sub-Saharan regions, with little public debate and what experts call an unclear strategy.<p>America’s little-known war on terrorists in Africa is becoming more perilous as the U.S. deploys growing numbers of troops to the continent’s most …

War

Remembering Jaco Pastorius: A Tribute to His Favorite Gear

It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since the world lost Jaco Pastorius. His influence is both undeniable and unmistakable. From his …

Guitar

Electric car prototype is built for Africa's rural roads

With a few exceptions, most electric cars are delicate, expensive creatures designed for paved streets and well-heeled early adopters. And that makes them ill-suited to rural Africa -- many roads away from the cities aren't paved at all, and just about any EV would be out of reach. That's where the …

Electric Vehicles

Leaders waver over 'US of Africa'

Nana Rosine Ngangoue<p>Contonou - Although some African leaders support Libya's idea to form a confederation of African states, many remain skeptical of …

British Doctor- ‘Donald Trump May Not Live Through His Tenure’, How True?

Dr Patrick Heck can’t help contradicting Trump’s medical report, which was released earlier in the year, expressing that the president-elect is far …

Donald Trump

Is Africa's population boom a problem? | CNBC International

With new Managing Director, Ghana’s MEST scales as Pan-African incubator

The MEST incubator has appointed Aaron Fu as its new Managing Director. This comes as the Accra based innovation hub scales up its presence across Africa.<p>Founded in 2008, MEST operates as a training program and seed fund for African innovators to build successful commercial tech companies.<p>Fu takes …

Africa

Is China Really Helping Africa?

The past three decades have seen a marked step change in Africa’s international relations. While geography historically favoured a European focus – …

Obama's struggling ancestral Kenya village misses him — and cashing in on his presidency

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article misstated Kogelo's location from Nairobi.</i><p>KOGELO, Kenya — Barack Obama’s ancestral village here laments his exit from the White House — because that also caused an exit of tourists and financing for a community now wringing its hands …

Africa

Harlem to Havana: Langston Hughes Helped a Nation Connect to Its African Roots

American poet Langston Hughes was driven by a curiosity to explore the culture of African peoples.<p>Such curiosity took Hughes across the world. Three times, it took him to the breezy island nation of Cuba: the summer of 1927, the winter of 1930, and the spring of 1931.<p>On his third visit, as noted in …

Cuba

OPEN LETTER: Do not allow Africans to be used as guinea pigs for untested high-risk new GM technology

TO AFRICAN BIOSAFETY REGULATORS<p>22 August 2017<p>The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a pan-African civil society platform championing …

South Asia bureau chief for the New York Times, author of the new memoir, Love, Africa, and Pulitzer winner in 2012.

The Shadow Society That Controls Female Bodies in Liberia

The nation of Liberia has an intricate court system — comparable to that of the United States — but when 16-year-old Zaye Doe and a friend used …

Gender

Why Hawaii Isn't Rich Like Texas

There is a big difference between living in a state with rich people and living in a rich state.<p>Hawaii is definitely one of the former. Tech billionaires build vacation homes here. Residents whisper about which celebrity they glimpsed at dinner the other night.<p>But ask the average family about what …

Equality

China has officially opened its first military base in Africa

China has officially opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa. In a flag raising ceremony today (Aug.1), Chinese officials unveiled the base that Beijing insists is purely a support center for Chinese peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts in the region.<p>“The …

China

The African Community Reacts to Emmanuel Macron's Comments on Birth Rates in Africa

E. Macron visiting Mali – Screenshot via YouTubeJuly 11, 1987 marks the Day of 5 Billion, or the approximate date when the world reached a population …

France

Africa 'the richest continent on Earth is the poorest' – AU envoy to US

The African Union (A.U.) envoy to the United States (U.S.) has said despite being the richest continent, Africa was the poorest. She puts the …

Africa’s Youth Could Transform Governance on the Continent

As August begins and many Washingtonians leave the city’s notorious humidity, a remarkable group of people will be arriving. Next week, one thousand …

Africa

Tanzania has hit a British mining company with a fine worth two centuries of revenue

The future of the largest mining company operating in Tanzania has been thrown into doubt following a hefty $190 billion fine.<p>Acacia, the London-based gold mining firm, was hit with the extraordinary fine by Tanzania’s government for allegedly operating in the country illegally and also for failing …

Mining

100 African Cities Destroyed By Europeans: WHY there are seldom historical buildings and monuments in sub-Saharian Africa!

When tourists visit sub-Saharan Africa, they often wonder “Why there are no historical buildings or monuments?”<p>The reason is simple. Europeans have …

Liberia: The Politics of Forgetting - the United States of Africa

opinion<p>It was almost 98 years ago in 1919 that Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., under his United Negro Improvement Association and African Communities …

Africa

Keith Baird, Linguist Who Fought the Use of ‘Negro,’ Dies at 94

Keith Baird, a linguist from Barbados who rose to prominence in the 1960s arguing persuasively against the use of the word Negro and in favor of the term Afro-American, died on July 13 in Atlanta. He was 94.<p>His daughter Marcia Baird Burris said the cause was myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of …

Black History

This Video Of Africans Finding Harvested Black Body Parts In Egypt Has Gone Viral

A very disturbing video posted on Kalsan TV, YouTube and Facebook shows the patched-up remains of 9 Somalis found on an Alexandria coastal …

#AfricaDay2017 – The Rise of a United States of Africa

After a whirlwind of recent travel across Southern Africa, the realities of the continent hit home and pretty much keep me awake at night, but also …

Africa

Meghan Markle Secretly Engaged To Prince Harry, Afraid To Go Public For Fear Of Comparisons To Kate Middleton

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been secretly engaged for close to six months, but the couple is reportedly wary of going public as Markle fears …