CONNECTING THE DOTS
- Theres an added problem to the latest Ebola outbreak; its in North Kivu Province, a conflict zone where dozens of armed groups operate and decades of fighting have devastated key infrastructure.
Ahead Of July 30 Vote, Can Zimbabwe Finally Get Rid Of Its History Of Violence And Media Repression?Mnangagwa has backtracked from Mugabe's more confrontational rhetoric. Zimbabwe's ruling party now uses cliches like "fresh start", "new dispensation", and "open for business". The talk has been matched by some action.
- 300,000 people died in a 1993-2005 civil war and recent years have been marked by political unrest and violent oppression
- Extreme heat events in Africa like the ones in 2015 and 2009/2010 might be reduced by 10% and 20% respectively under 1.5℃ of global warming level compared to under 2℃ level.
- In Italy in 1990 Cameroon were controversially ousted by England after two arguable calls. It prompted protests and riots in Cameroon by frustrated fans. Cameroon felt robbed again in 1998 in a match agains
Survey Shows 70% Of South Africans Feel Immigrants Pose A Threat To The Country, And That Fuels XenophobiaRemarkably, the most frequently mentioned non-threat explanation for kind of hate crime was envy of the success or ingenuity of foreigners.
- Formula manufacturers have used aggressive and sometimes illegal tactics to encourage the use of formula in poor countries, where it can sometimes be dangerous when combined with unsafe water.
- Off the Horn of Africa, another migrant boat disaster on the perilous route to Yemen and the Gulf states from Somalia early in the month cost at least 60 lives
- It is one element of a wider problem of rampant criminality that is either ignored or encouraged by local politicians
- Blame the spike partly on complacency in the shipping industry, as vessels have cut down on self-protection measures
- Uganda collects taxes equivalent to 14% of GDP - below its neighbours Kenya with 18%, and Rwanda at 16%
- Ebola isnt new to the Democratic Republic of Congo; the latest is the ninth outbreak since 1976
Countries Must Compete For Migrant Workers To Boost Their Economies – The African Nations Getting It Rightn 2017, 74% of all immigrants were of working age. It makes sense that losing this vital demographic can damage a countrys economy and that gaining these workers can help grow anothers
Kenyatta-Raila Famous Handshake Will Only Bring Real Change To Kenya If Promises Are Followed By ActionFollowing the Kenya polls last August, opposition leader Odinga successfully petitioned Kenyattas re-election, but then boycotted a fresh election in October on the basis that it would simply be stolen once again
- The big question now is whether Abiy will pull Ethiopian troops from land around the frontier town of Badme, which an international commission in 2003 determined belonged to Eritrea.
- Mozambiques offshore natural gas discoveries in the Rovuma basin since 2009 have been nothing short of prolific. They are now valued at approximately 50 times the countrys gross domestic product.
Two Million People In 5 African Countries To Be Protected In Largest Cholera Vaccine Drive In HistoryBetween 1997 and 2012, just 1.5 million doses of cholera vaccines were used worldwide. In 2017 almost 11 million were used, from Sierra Leone to Bangladesh. So far in 2018, over 15 million doses have been approved
- There are fears that intensified conflict in southern Libya could lead to a large scale displacement crisis in northern Niger
600 Million Africans Don’t Have Access To Electricity – Yet Most Of Them Live A Stone Throw From A Power Line!In Kenya about 70% of off-grid homes are located within 1.2km of a power line. Corruption among electricity service providers, power theft by customers and electricity cartels also further limit access
Africa’s Worst Crisis In 24 Years: Ahead Of Peace Talks, A Who’s Who In South Sudan’s Splintering Civil WarMore than 4 million people, one third of the population, have fled their homes since South Sudans brutal war began in December 2013
- In Africa Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and the Central African Republic reported happiness levels below that of even war-torn Syria
FROM THE ARCHIVES
- The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.
- Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
- Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has
- Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market
- Some of the 'happiest' countries in Africa also have high FGM rates, they score badly on representation of women in politics, and female folk tend to be treated badly in these countries. A contradiction?