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Obama taps Democrat Party activist as envoy to South Africa

Patrick Gaspard, a campaign operative for President Obama, former union chief with the Service Employees International Union and campaign aide to NYC Mayor David Dinkins, is President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to South Africa. Gaspard, with long Democratic Party credentials, including executive director of the Democratic National Committee, was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haitian parent ...

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Black consciousness roots in new party seeking to oust ANC

On the heels of a State of the Union address by ANC President Jacob Zuma that critics felt was devoid of new ideas and uninspiring, a longtime anti-apartheid activist has come from the wings determined to unseat the ANC establishment, presenting fresh ideas and a new party. Mamphela Ramphele, informal wife of the late Black consciousness leader Steve Biko, lost no time in criticizing the incumbents. “Our so ...

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Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in clash with Namibian values

The much-awaited swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated magazine has waded into a public relations nightmare with its display of white, bikini-clad models prancing alongside Africans carrying spears or Chinese paddling rafts in cone-shaped hats. A panorama of the “seven continents” was promised in this year’s issue, but what readers actually got was an odd juxtaposition of scantily clad women vamping it up ne ...

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Obama taps Democratic Party activist as envoy to South Africa

Patrick Gaspard, a campaign operative for President Obama, former union chief with the Service Employees International Union and campaign aide to New York City Mayor David Dinkins, is President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to South Africa, it was announced last week. Gaspard, with long Democratic Party credentials, including executive director of the Democratic National Committee, was born in the Democrat ...

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Eight hopefuls turn up election heat in first-ever American-style debate

Eight contenders for the Kenyan presidency took off the gloves and dazzled TV viewers with their knowledge on a wide range of issues — from tribalism, health and education — as the crucial national election on March 4 nears. In the first-ever American-style TV debate, all condemned the ethnic feuding that tore the nation apart in 2007, leaving some 1,200 dead more than 300,000 displaced. Land disputes conti ...

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Zuma unveils Madiba statue

South African President Jacob Zuma unveiled a 23-foot statue Dec. 13 of former S.A. president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, affectionately called “Madiba,” for his African Xhosa tribe name. The erection of the statue, which stands above the landscape overlooking Mangaung, forms part of government’s programs to honor the country’s heroes and heroines in the struggle for liberation. ...

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