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Mongabay, 9:25 am
There’s a mistaken belief that Africa is a continent of empty, freely available land open for development. Companies investing in land in Africa feel they can cut a deal with the government, raze the land, and create vast plantations. “No land is unclaimed,” a stakeholder said. “Uprooting communities without their consent from their lands and traditional livelihoods creates conflicts and social unrest.” Most disputes involving private investments in Africa – 63 percent – relate to local people being displaced off their land. These disputes affect sugarcane and palm oil production, mining for gold, diamonds and coal, and green energy to harvest wind and solar power.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 12:27 pm
Israel is a lucrative travel market for South Africa. The two countries have a poor relationship, but travel-hungry Israelis didn’t seem to mind. Some Jewish organizations are bridging the divide. In an effort to help South Africans understand “the complexity of Israel’s situation on the ground,” eight South African economists, professors and journalists went to Israel on a week-long trip paid for by Zionist organizations. The trip was geared for South Africans who grew up with words like apartheid, racism and segregation and have seen the terms applied to Israel.
Julia Austin, 9:47 am AFKI Original
Ghana stands out for peaceful elections and several transfers of power that didn’t incite riots or protests. The media are allowed at the election polling places, which encourages transparency in the process. Several active civil society groups were formed just to oversee election processes. Political instability is the biggest stumbling block for companies doing business in Africa. Here are 8 of the most peaceful countries in Africa.
Staff, 11:30 am
When Ethiopia completes construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in 2017, it will hold more than the volume of the entire Blue Nile. A potential wild card in the negotiations is Sudan, which sided with Egypt in opposition to the dam, but as the potential benefits to Sudan became clear, it backed Ethiopia. The dam is merely the latest test of countries’ willingness to share water. There may soon be more difficulties. Ethiopia plans to build other dams on the river which could further affect downstream supply.
Keren Mikva, 11:03 am AFKI Original
A University of Cape Town council voted this week to remove a statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes that had become the focus of student protests. Rhodes founded the De Beers diamond empire and was considered an architect of apartheid. The following art elicited strong opinions including anger toward the artists, the subject, or those who sought to suppress them. Check out some of the most controversial works of art in Africa.
Staff, 4:00 am
Africa, which has experienced some of the world’s most impressive economic growth over the past decade, saw arms imports increase 45 percent over the past five years. Part of this is due to windfall revenues earned by oil-producing countries. The surge in conflicts involving non-state actors in Africa is also forcing more countries to stock up, creating more demand for tanks, advanced weapons systems, and especially light arms.
Keren Mikva, 9:29 am AFKI Original
Each year, industry leaders join the Sahrawi people in an Algerian refugee camp for the FiSahara International Film Festival. It provides opportunities for education for the Sahrawi and raises awareness about their struggle, as well as the ongoing humanitarian crises in the refugee camps. The Sahrawi have endured decades of conflict without self determination. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the Sahrawi of Western Sahara.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:35 am
The ‘Africa Rising’ narrative is replete with stories of conflict, disease and poverty all across western media, but these Ghanaian-born Tutu Agyare – managing director at Nubuke Investments – told CNBC are the negative perceptions that overshadowed the good side of the fast growing continent. “A lot of our work when we go out is to try and interest people to invest in Africa rather than saving Africa,” Agyare said.
Keren Mikva, 11:27 am AFKI Original
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit has faced much international attention after assuming the position of his country’s first leader. With continuing hostilities with the North, Kiir faces the difficult task of building South Sudan into a stable, independent nation, while maintaining national security and unification. Here are twelve things you may not have known about President Kiir.
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