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Digital Revolution Holds Bright Promises for Africa

By Editors' Choice

By Eleni Mourdoukoutas — UNITED NATIONS, May 25 2018 (IPS) – Internet penetration is creeping up in Africa, bringing the prospect of digital dividends to a continent long marked by digital divides. “Africa has reached a penetration which has broken the barrier of 15 %, and that’s important,” says Nii Quaynor, a scientist who has played a key role in the introduction and development of the internet throughout Africa. He…

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Salissou Hassane Latifa, the latest Ms Geek Africa winner, has devised an app that promises to help accident victims. Photograph: Courtesy of Kigali Today

Brilliance overtakes beauty as Ms Geek Africa spotlights tech genius

By News & Current Affairs

Long noted for its progressive stance on equality, Rwanda is the birthplace of a contest that champions female tech wizards. By Lauren Gambino, The Guardian — After years of women in evening gowns vying for the title of national beauty queen, glamour is giving way to geekery in Rwanda. A group of female tech entrepreneurs decided it was time to ditch Miss Rwanda for a different kind of competition, one that…

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South African military personnel bring in the coffin at Orlando Stadium in Soweto for the funeral ceremony of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Huge crowds turn out for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral

By News & Current Affairs

Tens of thousands attend emotional service for veteran anti-apartheid activist. By Jason Burke — Tens of thousands of South Africans have filled a stadium in Soweto for the funeral service of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a heroine of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa but also one of its most controversial figures. Shouts of “Long live Comrade Winnie”, “the struggle continues” and “power to the people” rang out around the stadium on Saturday throughout…

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Slave ship diagram, first printed as a broadside in England in 1789

The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism

By Reparations

What is euphemistically referred to as “modernity” is marked with the indelible stain of what might be termed the Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism, with the bloody process of human bondage as the driving and animating force of this abject horror. By Gerald Horne — The years between 1603 and 1714 were perhaps the most decisive in English history. At the onset of the seventeenth…

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Demonstrators carry banners as they march during a protest in Ghana's capital Accra, March 28, 2018

‘Ghana not for sale’: Protesters march in Accra against military deal with US

By Editors' Choice

A controversial pact, in which the US military wants to invest $20 million and get access to Ghana’s runways and communications, set off rallies in the West African nation, with people chanting their country is “not for sale.” Thousands of people flocked to the streets of Accra, the capital of Ghana, to protest a military deal the government recently signed with the US. As part of the agreement, Washington would…

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President Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s Ruling Party Decides to Remove Zuma as President

By News & Current Affairs

By Alexander Winning and James Macharia, (Reuters) — South Africa’s ruling party decided on Tuesday to sack Jacob Zuma as head of state, two sources said, after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid ‘Rainbow Nation’. The decision by the African National Congress’s (ANC) national executive followed 13 hours of tense deliberations and one, short face-to-face exchange between…

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Robert Mugabe

Struggle on my beloved country, Zimbabwe

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Brian T.Kagoro, Political analyst — I wanted to title this article ‘Cry My Beloved Country’. After all we recently had cholera outbreaks and our political parties are competing to demonstrate proximity to the West. It does not seem to matter under what terms and to what end Western support is secured. This flagrant courtship of the West defies logic of a liberation party and a social-democratic opposition formed by…

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