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Ghanaian journalist who inspired younger writers is remembered

An accomplished and much-admired news writer from Ghana was recently recalled as “the face and voice of Africa — a new young, enterprising, internationally-connected, ambitious Africa, with a can-do attitude.” Komla Afeke Dumor passed unexpectedly this week at age 41 from cardiac arrest at his London home. ...

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Military service still risky, destructive and bad for Africa

In 2005, bewildered U.S. Army recruiters scratched their heads because the number of Black enlistees had plummeted by 40 percent over the preceding five years. The Army’s own research eventually showed young people of African descent listened to pastors, teachers and other community leaders who admonished them to have no part in the Iraq War. At the time, one would-be Black soldier told a reporter: “Until t ...

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African ‘ghettos’ in Israel

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The streets of South Tel Aviv were teeming with people. We first saw a very large wedding party heading toward a park. We then saw hundreds of young men hanging out, socializing, walking, and sometimes just looking for something to do. The shops were closed on this Jewish Sabbath and this multitude had time on their hands. You would not have believed that this was Tel ...

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Intolerance hardens toward gays across Africa

Governments across Africa are decreeing new punitive laws against gay nationals just as displays of tolerance and acceptance are being seen around the world. Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda in the last few months all tightened existing laws that target the homosexual community, their organizations, meeting places and anyone working within or for gay rights in Africa. ...

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US troops boost forces in Nigeria, Somalia

U.S. forces, winding down in Afghanistan, are finding new battle fronts in Africa. According to published reports, a small team of U.S. advisors was sent “secretly” to Somalia to assist with operations against militants. Somalia has been at war with religious fundamentalists, called al-Shabab, but has made little headway against the group which still controls a large swath of the country. ...

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New cardinals from Africa and Haiti help Pope serve the poor

In a further step away from old traditions at the Vatican, Pope Francis named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa, the Philippines and Latin America including the developing nations of Haiti and Burkina Faso. The selection affirms his belief the church must pay more attention to the poor. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had chosen cardinals mostly from Western countries. ...

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South Sudan, a US creation, in chaos again

South Sudan may be barely on the radar screen for most Americans but a bitter split in the ruling coalition threatens to make it one of the worst humanitarian disasters in Africa. Over 1,000 people have been killed and 200,000 displaced in fighting by rival militia with reports of ethnically motivated atrocities by both sides. It is feared South Sudan could become another black mark for American policy on t ...

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Senegal cracks down on foreign ships

Senegal’s minister of fisheries has ordered the detention of a Russian trawler observed illegally catching fish in Senegalese waters. The move immediately won high praise from bloggers on the Internet. “Keep the fish, Charge a BIG FINE. If the Russians don’t pay, KEEP THE BOAT and sell it,” wrote “Bob” on the Yahoo comments page. Michael B wrote: “Good for the Senegal government for taking this action again ...

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‘Democracy has disappeared’ say officials in mass resignation

Some 75 officials in the West African nation of Burkina Faso resigned this week in mass to protest efforts by President Blaise Compaore to give himself an additional five-year term. According to critics, Compaore is planning to extend his time in office by changing the rule that limits presidents to two five-year terms. Compaore has been in power since 1987 and under the current rule would not be able to ru ...

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