Gambia: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 3:09 pm
What African leaders say about the ICC is making headlines. Regular Africans get less press. A.U members resolved to consider a mass withdrawal from the ICC at a recent summit. “It’s like only African leaders have been arraigned before the ICC,” said Ghana’s president. That’s right, said Gambian ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. “All of our cases right now are in Africa.” Withdrawing from the ICC would be an abuse of justice and a sign that the government only cares about the accused, not the victims, a Kenyan educator said.
Jeanette Wall, 9:37 am
You’re probably familiar with the incredible walking and hiking opportunities in eastern and southern Africa, but did you know there are also spectacular possibilities in West Africa? Complete with verdant hillsides, rocky escarpments, snow, active volcanoes, and even the occasional elephant? Here’s a list of some of them, from short day walks to more full-on experienced treks.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:05 am AFKI Original
Carrying a South African passport means you can travel to 97 countries without a visa, making it one of the top three countries in Africa whose citizens have broad freedom to travel. Certain countries have more freedom than others when it comes to travelling without a visa. Check out 8 of the most useful African passports to have.
Staff, 12:05 am
The asylum-seeking models, age 19-to-27, are from Mali and Gambia. They’ve worked in farming, construction and waiting tables. Organized by the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, the event showcased the fall 2016 collections of four African labels. “We wanted to offer a different view of the problem of asylum seekers in Europe today and a practical solution,” the founder said.
Kevin Mwanza, 2:23 am
It is not clear what the impact of this statement has been on the country’s vibrant tourism sector, but saying this at a time when the rest of the world is grappling with the terrorism problem posed by Islamic State (IS) tourists are bound to be repulsed. Gambia has joined other African nations including Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, in the to become an Islamic state.
Staff, 12:08 am
A former fisherman who sells sandwiches in a Cameroonian town on the West African coast says he and his colleagues were forced to abandon their jobs three years ago to Chinese fishermen who have taken over all fishing areas. The government has allowed foreigners to do jobs Cameroonians should be doing. Officials from 24 African countries met in Cameroon last month and called for China to stop illegal fishing off the West African coast.
Dana Sanchez, 6:40 pm
While its expansion to Africa is a welcome development, the U.S. company could face challenges due to the high cost of Internet mobile data and lack of quality broadband. Africans are already fans of most Netflix content. Netflix could oust Naspers-owned digital satellite TV service, whose users complain about its fees. However, Netflix isn’t cheap either. Still, the U.S.-based company has 65 million streaming customers worldwide.
Dana Sanchez, 11:37 am
Ethiopia has has become notorious for labeling critics of the essentially one-party state as terrorists. A quarter of the 199 journalists in jail globally in 2015 for doing their jobs were in three African countries — Egypt, Eritrea and Ethiopia. Another quarter were in China. Journalists expose corruption, promote good governance, and give voice to a country’s most vulnerable citizens, CPJ says. They should be allowed to do their jobs.
Julia Austin, 7:00 am AFKI Original
Facebook has gone the distance to promote itself in Africa. How far? To infinity and beyond. Well, maybe that’s overstating it, but it works through satellites in space beaming the Internet down on sub-Sahara. To combat the issue of expensive data on mobile phones in Africa, Facebook is offering Internet.org, a system that gives mobile Facebook users free airtime, specifically while on the social media site. Here’s how badly Facebook wants to be in Africa.
Kurt Davis Jr., 8:00 am AFKI Original
Fewer traffic jams for Kenya. Rebounding copper prices for Zambia. A less tarnished international image for Sudan that reaches beyond civil conflict — because there are investment opportunities in the country. These are just a few of the wishes that a U.S. investment banker visualizes for African countries as the old year winds down and 2015 makes way for 2016.
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