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Resistance rises to Africa’s anti-gay laws

Tough new laws criminalizing Africa’s LGBT community are getting some push back from Africans themselves who argue more important issues are being swept under the rug during this relentless anti-gay crusade. In Uganda, opposition leader Kizza Besigye attacked the new laws signed by President Yoweri Museveni. He disputed the claim that homosexuality was “foreign” and said the issue was being used to divert a ...

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African hearts swell at Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar prize

The chatter on social media sites was off the charts as the Oscar choice for best supporting actress was named — the luminescent Lupita Nyong’o — for her role in the Hollywood feature film “12 Years a Slave.” Nigerian journalist Bim Adewunmi, writing in The Guardian, was one of many Africans covering the long night of prizes and accolades and who witnessed Nyong’o at the moment of her victory and feel the c ...

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Proposed budget cuts won’t slow the militarization of Africa

In a departure from the longstanding tradition of squeezing every possible dime from the Treasury to buy weapons, the White House is asking for significantly less money for the Pentagon budget. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel proposes a 450,000 troop reduction, the elimination of the A-10 “tank killer” aircraft, and the shelving of the U-2 spy plane. ...

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Minister behind bars over massive giveaway of Liberian forests

Two years after learning of the massive giveaway of Liberia’s treasured forests to foreign logging companies, the Liberian government, (the week of Feb. 23), locked up the former head of the Forestry Development Authority. Moses Wogbeh, former head of the forestry authority, was arrested and charged with allegedly defrauding the country of millions of dollars by issuing bogus permits between 2006 and 2012. ...

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Senegalese celeb joins solar power initiative

Senegalese-American hip hop artist Akon and a group of solar business partners have announced a plan to address Africa’s grave shortfall in electric power. Speaking at a press conference in Sierra Leone, Akon said: “Music is an inspiration and as an African I am combining that inspiration with energy to reach out and touch the lives of rural people in Africa.” He said he had visited many rural communities i ...

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Documentary series continues online with ‘War Don Don’ (‘The War Is Over’); remaining weekly episodes run through March 16

“AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange,” the public television series consisting of documentaries about contemporary life, art and culture across the African Diaspora, can now be seen online. The final three episodes, beginning with Rebecca Richman Cohen’s award-winning film “War Don Don” (“The War Is Over”), can be seen at Season six of the series — which is produced by National ...

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South African literary giant and Pan Africanist makes his transition

Friends of scholar and activist Mbuelelo Mzamane, first post-apartheid vice chancellor and rector at the University of Fort Hare, teacher of literature and African studies at universities in Southern Africa, West Africa, the U.S., Europe and Australia, are recalling the accomplishments of their colleague who passed suddenly at the early age of 66. Mzamane was scheduled to chair a panel discussion at a confe ...

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Somalia runs weapons bazaar for clan leaders and warlords

Rifles, rocket launchers, grenades and ammunition purchased by Somali authorities are being secretly supplied to clan leaders and warlords including the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group in violation of a U.N. accord, a confidential U.N. report obtained by the Reuters news agency alleged. Reports of the unofficial arms bazaar operating out of Somali warehouses confirms the worst fears of U.N. Securit ...

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