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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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US holds CONFAB in Nigerian capital while attacks escape in the North

As Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Bureau of African Affairs, makes her third trip to Nigeria since assuming her post in August, a bloodbath is occurring in northern Nigeria where a state of emergency was imposed almost nine months ago. Thomas-Greenfield led a U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission meeting Feb. 17-18 in Abuja. In northern Borno State, meanwhile, susp ...

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‘Stolen children’ seek justice from France

he week of Feb. 17, the French national assembly addressed the country’s role in the “forced migration” of children from the island of Reunion from the 1960s to the 1980s. The policy was designed to provide French farmers with cheap workers, servants and maids. From 1963 to 1982 a total of 1,615 children were forcibly removed from the island just west of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa. The mo ...

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SMUG fights for equality in Uganda

On Monday Feb. 24, in spite of international pressure, Ugandan President Yoweni Museveni signed into law a controversial anti-gay bill drafted first in 2009. The new law makes homosexuality, already criminal in Uganda, punishable by life imprisonment. Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda has been leading the fight against this and other homophobi ...

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