Democratic Republic of Congo: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 12:02 am
If you own a mobile phone, chances are it has tantalum in it from Africa and you have small amounts of the rare metal within inches of your brain. U.S.-based AB Minerals claims to have invented a new disruptive tantalite processing technology that it says will enable tantalum-producing countries to add value to the ore themselves rather than exporting raw ore to China. The company hopes to sell this technology all over Africa. The first African plant is expected to begin operating in Rwanda in 2017. Here’s part of an interview with AB Minerals founder and CEO Frank Balestra.
Dana Sanchez, 11:00 am
Africa is a paradise for birdwatchers with almost 2,500 bird species. Topping the list is Democratic Republic of the Congo with 1,139 species, followed by Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon and Ethiopia. An African eagle, the bateleur is the national emblem of Zimbabwe. Endemic to Africa, it’s one of the most colorful birds of prey with jet black plumage, a scarlet face and orange feathers down the back. In 2009, this bird was listed as “near threatened” due to a drop in population. The bateleur spends as much as 80% of the day in flight, covering up to 300 miles in search of food.
Kurt Davis Jr., 4:29 pm AFKI Original
A sense of what Zimbabwe can expect post-Mugabe. Partnership in the fight against terror for Tunisia. Better strategies combating poverty and HIV in Swaziland. 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 2016 gives way to 2017.
Kurt Davis Jr., 11:34 am AFKI Original
Businessman Trump knows better than anyone that you must have the right friends to survive. Tunisia could be the surprise special relationship. A successful democracy there would boost the fight against terror. Nigeria could go either way with Trump. He wants to help oil in the U.S. This could hurt Nigeria. Political and financial engagement with Egypt, South Sudan, and South Africa will see some rebalancing. Trade that benefits the U.S. is low-hanging fruit for Trump, but how does he view AGOA? He promised to re-evaluate all trade agreements.
Dana Sanchez, 2:47 pm
Trump is tribal. His campaign to make America great became a motto for a return to an America dominated by white Christian men. This appeal to ethnic rather than civic nationalism has a long history in Africa’s failed democratic experiments. Trump doesn’t accept criticism, whether in the media or from human rights groups. Repression of both has a long history in Africa. Trump’s example should alarm those in Africa who advocate for greater government transparency and accountability.
Dana Sanchez, 5:24 pm
Fidel Castro was no angel. He ran Cuba with “a strong arm and dodgy economic policies,” but for many in Africa, the Cuban leader was a friend in need. Castro is credited with helping pit Russia against the U.S. in a war in Angola that brought about the beginning of the end of apartheid. It wasn’t just about independence from colonialists but also from the perceived injustices of capitalism. “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating,” Castro said.
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
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:21 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying continued this past weekend, with the 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to Africa in action across the continent. This is how the 10 African World Cup qualifying matches turned out for the participating nations looking to earn their ticket to Russia in two years’ time.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying continues this coming weekend, as the second set of matches see 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to the African continent. This weekend 10 fixtures will be played around the continent in the group stages. Here are 10 African World Cup qualifying matches to look out for this coming weekend.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:08 am AFKI Original
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced years of civil war mainly due to fights for political power and control of the country’s vast mineral deposits. The Central African nation was set to hold its presidential election in November, this year, but the poll was postponed to next year, a move that has led to wide-spread violence across the country.
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