Tag: africa

Planning to Donate? Know What Your Dollar Buys

When we buy stuff, we want to know we’re getting the most for our money. So why don’t we demand the same thing with our charitable donations? If we can buy twice as much good for the same money — or three times as much, or a thousand — why don’t we? “There’s a very […]

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Back to Africa: Twitter Chief Jack Dorsey Plans to Live in Africa in 2020

Jack Dorsey has designs on The Motherland. The Twitter boss recently embarked on a whirlwind tour of Africa and has plans to live there in the new year. Advertisement “Sad to be leaving the continent…for now,” Dorsey tweeted Wednesday. “Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be […]

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The Masakhane project wants machine translation and AI to transform Africa

English, Arabic, and French dialects can be found on parts of the African continent and are used across tribes, ethnic groups, and national borders, but none is native to Africa. Some estimates put the number of living languages on the continent at 2,000 or more. This can stand in the way of communication, as well […]

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Why smartphone gambling is on the up among African millennials

When one talks about young Africans using smartphones, the dominant narrative is that these gadgets serve mostly as platforms for connection so that users can communicate and share greetings and information via text and images. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Signal take pride of place in that description, despite their murkier side. What has perhaps […]

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Scientists Created Fake Rhino Horn. But Should We Use It?

In Africa, 892 rhinos were poached for their horns in 2018, down from a high of 1,349 killed in 2015. The decline in deaths is encouraging, but conservationists agree that poaching still poses a dire threat to Africa’s rhino population, which hovers around 24,500 animals. Now, in the hopes of driving down the value of […]

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Why mobile access won’t mend our ‘digital divide’ without fixed-line broadband

Mobile services have had an important and positive impact on developing countries where they are the main means of connecting to the internet. However, mobile services have capacity constraints. They use limited radio frequency spectrum, which means that mobile data typically has usage limits. They also have high prices per unit (per gigabyte), which results […]

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Kenyan Teacher Donates 80 Percent Of His Salary To Underprivileged Families

Kenyan teacher Peter Tabichi is on a mission to impact the lives of individuals beyond the classroom. According to People Tabichi—who was recently named the “World’s Best Teacher” by the Varkey Foundation—donates 80 percent of his salary to help underprivileged students and their families. Tabichi, who teaches STEM education at the Keriko Mixed Day School […]

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Africa’s the Future: Why Akon Says That African-Americans Should Invest in the Continent

“When you combine African-Americans and diaspora Africans, that unity itself is what’s gonna make Wakanda actually possible.” —Akon After his his single “Locked Up,” Akon was determined not to be your run-of-the-mill one-hit wonder. The artist and producer had some foresight, understanding that the shelf life of an artist in a super-fickled entertainment industry is […]

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What if All That Flying Is Good for the Planet?

A growing movement known as “flight shame” and popularized by well-meaning climate activists is gaining momentum around the world. Its premise: Flying is bad for the climate, so if you care about life on Earth, don’t fly. The movement, which began in Scandinavia, has ballooned into protests to disrupt flights at London’s Heathrow Airport and […]

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Blind Student’s Violent Treatment at Oxford Debate Prompts Resignations

LONDON — The Oxford Union, a prestigious, nearly 200-year-old British debating society that counts several high-profile politicians among its alumni, has come under fire for the violent treatment of a blind student from Ghana who witnesses say was forcibly expelled from a packed event hall. The incident has ignited outrage around the country, provoking a […]

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Resignations Follow Blind Oxford Student’s Violent Treatment at Debate

LONDON — The Oxford Union, a prestigious, nearly 200-year-old British debating society that counts several high-profile politicians among its alumni, has come under fire for the violent treatment of a blind student from Ghana who witnesses say was forcibly expelled from a packed event hall. The incident has ignited outrage around the country, provoking a […]

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How Russia Meddles Abroad for Profit: Cash, Trolls and a Cult Leader

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — The Russians were hard to miss. They appeared suddenly last year in Madagascar’s traffic-snarled capital, carrying backpacks stuffed with cash and campaign swag decorated with the name of Madagascar’s president. It was one of Russia’s most overt attempts at election interference to date. Working from their headquarters in a resort hotel, the […]

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Attack on Canadian Mining Company in Burkina Faso Kills 37

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso killed 37 people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country. The impoverished and politically fragile country has been struggling to quell a rising jihadist revolt that […]

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Tiny Brains Don’t Stop These Birds From Having a Complex Society

A pack of baldheaded, boldly plumaged birds steps through the grass shoulder to shoulder, red eyes darting around. They look like middle schoolers seeking a cafeteria table at lunchtime. Perhaps they’re not so different. A study published Monday in Current Biology shows that the vulturine guineafowl of eastern Africa, like humans, have many-layered societies. In […]

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Russian Operatives Are Apparently Taking Their Disinformation Campaign on the Road—Moving From African Americans to the African Continent

The Russians targeted African Americans in the run-up to election 2016 with deceptive social media accounts and websites purporting to be legitimate sources of information, and now, it looks like they’ve taken their disinformation campaign across the ocean to Africa. Facebook says it’s shut down accounts linked to a Russian operative that were targeting several […]

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Russia Tests New Disinformation Tactics in Africa to Expand Influence

Russia has been testing new disinformation tactics in an enormous Facebook campaign in parts of Africa, as part of an evolution of its manipulation techniques ahead of the 2020 American presidential election. Facebook said on Wednesday that it removed three Russian-backed influence networks on its site that were aimed at African countries including Mozambique, Cameroon, […]

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Woman claims she escaped from Kuwaiti family holding her captive in Cleveland apartment

Please enable Javascript to watch this video CLEVELAND (WJW) – It is an extraordinary story of human trafficking that starts in Kuwait and ends in Cleveland. A woman told police there she escaped after she was held against her will for four years, according to WJW. Just before 11 p.m. on Oct. 15, Cleveland police […]

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‘A New Message’: Russia Trains Its Propaganda Machine on Africa

SOCHI, Russia — Jose Matemulane said he left his native Mozambique nearly two decades ago, spent years studying in St. Petersburg and saw the Russian soul. Now he’s in the vanguard of Russia’s new foray onto his home continent, where he is spreading the word that working with Moscow to reduce the influence of Americans […]

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How affordable agricultural technology is solving food insecurity in Nigeria

The global population is predicted to grow by 2 billion by 2050 and with more than half of that growth coming from Sub-Saharan Africa, addressing food insecurity has become a matter of urgency. In Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, food insecurity is on the rise; almost 8 percent of the population was found to be undernourished in 2015, compared […]

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How Europe’s Greedy Lending to Africa Is Driving the Migration Wave That Fuels the EU’s Xenophobic Politics

Yves here. The headline may seem screechy, but an ugly fact not often enough described in polite company is that Africa is still being exploited by the first world. For instance, Nicholas Shaxson described in his classic Treasure Islands how so much money was extracted from Africa via “offshore,” meaning via tax havens, on top […]

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