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Why do all the covers on books about Africa look the same? – Washington Post (blog)

Why do all the covers on books about Africa look the same? – Washington Post (blog)

A cliche grows in Botswana. (AP Photo/Rick Sammon) Often, cliches are cliches because they carry a kernel of truth. But sometimes cliches are cliches because they are lazy and pernicious. A meme triggered this week by the Africa Is a Country blog exposes the latter. A reader of the blog posted on Twitter a collage of […]

The Secret US Military Operation Underway in Africa – Mother Jones

The Secret US Military Operation Underway in Africa – Mother Jones

US Army/Flickr This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. What is Operation New Normal? It’s a question without an answer, a riddle the US military refuses to solve. It’s a secret operation in Africa that no one knows anything about. Except that someone does. His name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee Magee. He […]

Pressure, Tension Grow in South Africa Miners’ Strike – Voice of America

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s largest platinum producer tried, and failed, to break the nation’s longest-ever strike this week, with an attempt to lure miners back after 16 weeks.  The head of the union leading the strike urged workers to stay firm as tensions rose in the mining town of Marikana. The thousands of […]

The ruling party’s clear win will not make governing easier – The Economist

The ruling party’s clear win will not make governing easier – The Economist

THE result of South Africa’s elections showed that the support base of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) was “rock solid”, said Gwede Mantashe, the party’s general-secretary, shortly after it had been announced. His party got 62% of all votes cast on May 7th. The Democratic Alliance (DA), the main opposition, trailed with 22%, up […]

South Africa platinum producer Lonmin considers court action to end strike – Reuters

MARIKANA, South Africa (Reuters) – South African platinum producer Lonmin said on Thursday it might go to court in a bid to stop a 16-week strike because of the levels of violence faced by workers who want to return to work. The company also said some miners had turned up for work at its operations, […]

China Inc. moves factory floor to Africa – MarketWatch

By Peter Wonacott CAPE TOWN, South Africa–Each sparkly green television motherboard that rolls off the Hisense Co. factory line here moves China a tiny step toward a new global manufacturing base. […]

Stevenson students return after being robbed in South Africa – Baltimore Sun

Julia Eshmont and Tara Shriver said they sat petrified as four men on motorcycles surrounded their South African coach bus and one climbed aboard and cocked a handgun. They were among the 30 Stevenson University students who watched as their chaperones passed wallets, cellphones, passports and valuables to the man while he waved his weapon […]

Stop the scramble: Africa rewards patient investors – Financial Times

Stop the scramble: Africa rewards patient investors – Financial Times

UN condemns killing of French journalist in Central African Republic – CNN

UN condemns killing of French journalist in Central African Republic – CNN

(CNN) — The U.N. Security Council has condemned the killing of a French journalist who was reporting from the violence-racked Central African Republic. French troops found the body of Camille Lepage during the search of a vigilante group’s vehicle in a western region of the country, French authorities said Tuesday. “All necessary means will be […]

BTN LiveBIG: Water for Good helping Africa – Big Ten Network

It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and it sits in the middle of a crisis that sees attacks on entire villages, forcing people to flee with little or nothing from their homes when armed militants arrive at their doorstep. Human rights watchers estimate that a million people are displaced from their homes; that […]