South Sudan: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 9:50 pm
For ambitious young U.S. soldiers seeking leadership, a deployment in Africa is hard to beat. And that means being based in Djibouti. Djibouti’s status as a stable country in an otherwise volatile region is an asset worth millions of dollars in rent. Djibouti enjoys a lucrative role as a landlord. The U.S. pays $63 million a year to rent its base at Camp Lemonnier. China is building a base 8 miles away, and will be paying $100 million for theirs.
Dana Sanchez, 8:52 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso is an Africa success story for press freedom. The recent military coup was accomplished without any major violations of freedom of information. Insulting the president may be decriminalized soon. Both print and broadcast media are more pluralistic and dynamic than most African countries. Transparent governments that respect human rights and the rule of law tend to be good for business and investment. We’ve highlighted 12 countries in Africa that rank highest for press freedom in 2016.
Dana Sanchez, 6:28 pm
Ibrahim got rich on telecommunications, but he has invested millions in good governance. “Power corrupts absolutely,” Ibrahim said. He called for more international outrage over stolen elections. “People are learning how to steal elections because that looks less brutal than saying ‘I’m president for life,'” he said. “There is a limit to how long they can go on stealing elections. More and more of these elections are being subject to the harsh light of … social media.”
Dana Sanchez, 1:57 pm
Africa is short 90,000 doctors, 500,000 nurses, 300,000 community health workers and 500,000 hospital beds — and that was in 2007. With populations among the fastest-growing in the world, the ratios are getting worse. For someone interested in investing in the continent, these numbers could spell opportunity. Here are some market opportunities and investment ideas that could help fill the gap where other medical services are lacking.
Derek Dias, 9:47 am
From 1549 until 1875, Jolof or Wolof, was a powerful kingdom in what is now Senegal and Gambia. In 1875, the theocratic Imamate of Futa Jallon brought jihad upon its neighbor. The kingdom never recovered and the French took over soon after. C’est la vie. The next time you eat Jollof rice, you can thank this kingdom. Not enough people besides history buffs know about the great empires, kingdoms, and sultanates of Africa. Here are some of the great African empires you may never have heard of.
Godfrey Olukya, 10:26 am AFKI Original
Rwandan trader Pierre Ndimwibo exports raw materials and imports electronic devices. Eliminating barriers like roadblocks and weigh stations will help his profits and grow his business, he said. East African Community members agreed on Jan. 14 to no new non-tariff barriers. Now they want all non-tariff barriers removed. It will save up to 20% of the time it take to import and export goods. Cross-border traders are all for it — if it ever actually happens.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:44 am
South Sudan refugees in Uganda are selling their clothes to raise money to buy food as a food rationing crisis bites due to influx of more refugees into the nation, which has strained World Food Program’s (WFP) food provision. The high influx of refugees have forced WFP and the Ugandan government to reduce food rations by nearly a half, driving most of the refugees to get means of supplementing the sorghum and beans rations they receive in the camps.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:23 am
Facebook and Instagram, some of the world’s widely used social media platforms, greatly contributed to a damning report on how South Sudan warring leaders profiteered from an ongoing civil unrest as shown by an investigative report. The report dubbed ‘War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay’, developed by The Sentry revealed how South Sudan President Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and top army generals have benefited from the civil war in the young African nation.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:26 am
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his warring rival and former Deputy President, alongside several top-ranking military generals, have amassed huge amount of wealth in the ongoing civil war that started in December 2013, an investigative report released by a George Clooney-led team has said. Their families lead lavish lives in posh suburbs of Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya and Uganda. Kiir’s wife and several of his sons have shares in several lucrative businesses in the nation.
Staff, 11:14 am
The Twitter hashtag #IfAfricaWasASchool was trending a few weeks back. It’s is a celebration of what makes each country unique in a fun way, says Egyptian-American Malaka Gharib. The funny memes, tweets and one-liners disarm people and cut tension about political strife and interstate rivalries. They also defy backward stereotypes the West may have about people on the continent. And they invite Africans in the diaspora to participate.
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