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  • DRC Still Polarized Even After Deal To Include Opposition In Unitary Government

    By Kevin Mwanza, 4:51 am

    Augustin Ponyo, the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and other cabinet members resigned last week in a deal that is expected to usher in a unitary government and extend President Joseph Kabila’s tenure past his constitutionally-mandated term next month, to April 2018. The position will be occupied by an opposition leader with several others getting ministerial slots

  • Exxon Mobil Tries Wriggling Out Of A Record $74B Fine In Chad

    By Kevin Mwanza, 4:06 am

    Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s biggest oil producer by market value, is negotiating with the government of Chad over a record $74 billion fine, which is about five times the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The country’s High Court slapped the U.S. firm with the fine last month, after a complaint by the Ministry of Finance that the consortium failed to pay taxes and had an outstanding $819 million in overdue royalties.

  • She Beat Out Presidents For The Title: Forbes Africa Person Of The Year 2016

    Thuli Madonsela By Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am

    South Africa’s deputy defense minister called her a spy for the CIA. There was a contract out on her on her life, accusations of being an Israeli sympathizer and she was forced to investigate her boss — the person who hired her, President Jacob Zuma. But former South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s survived her seven-year term, which ended Oct. 14, and last week she was named Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016. Madonsela is the first woman, first South African, first lawyer and sixth recipient.

  • Opinion: Lesson For Africa On The Women’s Vote From The U.S. Election

    By Staff, 7:10 am

    scrutiny continues to mount on the various factors that led to his taking the vote. One of the more poignant factors was the role women played, spurning Hillary Clinton. This, despite allegations of Trump’s sexual misconduct and that, by electing him, women’s and minority’s rights were under threat. Let me start with the minority voters. A much shared YouTube video shows Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, dismantling apologist arguments

  • Samuel Jackson Is Not Moving To Africa. Trump Wife No. 2? Maybe

    moving to Africa By Dana Sanchez, 6:42 pm

    U.S. actor Samuel L. Jackson says he isn’t moving to South Africa despite Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Almost a year ago, during a skit on U.S. late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Jackson said if Trump won the election, he was leaving the country. Trump supporters remembered and asked him about it on social media. Model and actress Marla Maples — Trump’s second wife — may be headed to Africa. She’s hoping for a U.N. ambassador gig and has her eye on an assignment somewhere on the continent, according to a gossip page.

  • First Brexit, Now Trump. Could Julius Malema Be Next South African President?

    next South African president By Dana Sanchez, 5:41 pm

    Populism and a backlash against globalization are being blamed for the British and American choices of Brexit and Donald Trump. Practically no one saw this coming, many people say. The next presidential election in South Africa is scheduled for 2019. There’s a feeling that not everyone benefits from globalization, and South Africans should be asking if Julius Malema will be their next president, a Harvard history professsor said. South Africans have 2-plus years to decide.

  • Planting Trees In Africa: Is That The Solution To The Continent’s Land Management Crises?

    Land Management Crises By Dana Sanchez, 2:40 pm

    Ethiopia is hardly the only recent example of how conflicts over land rights can set the stage for political and humanitarian crises. Competition for arable land contributed to the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Food insecurity stemming from land mismanagement is an important factor driving migrants to Europe. Farmers have always intuitively known what scientists are now confirming: trees and other vegetation can stimulate more rainfall.

  • Are Swiss Banks Really Returning Africa’s Stolen Loot?

    Africa's stolen loot By Dana Sanchez, 12:16 pm

    If you want to know what U.S. President elect Donald Trump thinks of African governance, read his tweets: “Every penny of the $7 billion going to Africa as per Obama will be stolen—corruption is rampant!” Africans criticize Switzerland for not doing more to return stolen money. Switzerland is trying to shake off the stereotype as a safe haven for ill-gotten loot. To some extent it’s succeeding. Tanzania has asked Switzerland to help recover money illegally stashed in Swiss banks. Other world centers are quickly filling the vacuum.

  • Gambia’s Top Wrestler Dies As An Illegal Immigrant In The Mediterranean Sea

    By Kevin Mwanza, 6:44 am

    Gambia’s renowned wrestler, Ali Mbengu, died about a week ago after a boat he was in with other illegal immigrant trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea capsized. His death came only days after Fatim Jawar, Gambia’s women’s football team goalkeeper, died under similar circumstances. Mbengu, popularly called ‘Mille Franc’ (Thousand Franc) was trying to cross into Italy from Libya, two years after settling in the North African nation

  • South Africa’s Zuma Survives Another No-Confidence Vote

    S&P To South Africa By Staff, 11:01 am

    South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has survived yet another vote of no confidence in parliament. The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), presented the motion, arguing that indications Zuma allowed the powerful Gupta family to choose Cabinet members shows he is a threat to the country’s stability.

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