Tag: africa

Ross Douthat Has a Vision of America. It’s Grim.

THE DECADENT SOCIETY How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success By Ross Douthat “Since Apollo,” the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat writes in his clever and stimulating new book, “we have entered into decadence.” He is not referring to the son of Zeus — though he might have. The ancient Greek poet […]

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To Survive Disaster, Plan for the Worst

Disaster relief works like this: There is a flood, a drought, an earthquake, a famine, an exodus of refugees. Reporters swarm in, broadcasting images of suffering. Humanitarian workers on the ground analyze who needs what relief and draw up plans. The government asks for help. The United Nations coordinates international pledges. Relief comes in — […]

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Africa, a Thunder and Lightning Hot Spot, May See Even More Storms

Africa is experiencing bigger and more frequent thunderstorms as global temperatures rise, according to researchers at Tel Aviv University. The continent already has many of the world’s lightning hot spots, with storms that can be extremely destructive and, sometimes, deadly. This month, for example, a conservation group reported that four rare mountain gorillas had been […]

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Audit Finds Suspicious Financial Dealings in African Soccer

An audit of the governing body for soccer in Africa has uncovered millions of dollars of financial irregularities, a development that threatens to bring down its leadership after more than a year of turmoil at the troubled organization. The board of the governing body, the Confederation of African Football, or C.A.F., agreed last year to […]

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Trump Posts Another ‘Keep Out’ Sign for Immigrants

On Friday, with Americans focused on President Trump’s impeachment trial, the coronavirus and the upcoming Iowa caucuses, the Trump administration announced it was adding six more countries to the list of those whose citizens face travel restrictions to the United States. The given reason was that those nations were not sufficiently screening people who sought […]

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Public Health Officials Offer Scant Details On U.S. Coronavirus Patients

Yves here. I’ve kept the original headline to this Kaiser Health News piece even though it focuses attention away from issues that the article raises that seem more important. It is important to protect patient privacy to the extent possible. It’s a generally accepted principle of care plus having the identity of coronavirus victims get […]

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‘Mad Mike’ Hoare, Irish Mercenary Leader in Africa, Dies at 100

Image“Mad Mike” Hoare, in his trademark black beret, training mercenaries in Katanga province in 1964. The Richard Burton character in the movie “The Wild Geese” was modeled on Mr. Hoare.Credit… INTERFOTO, via Alamy Mike Hoare, an Irish soldier of fortune who led white mercenary forces in civil wars in Congo in the 1960s and a […]

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New U.S. Travel Ban Shuts Door on Africa’s Biggest Economy, Nigeria

The newlyweds had already been apart for half their yearlong marriage. Miriam Nwegbe was in Nigeria. Her husband was in Baltimore, and until she could join him, everything was on hold: finding a home together, trying for their first baby, becoming an American family. Then, on Friday, their lives were thrown into disarray by the […]

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HBCU To House $50 Million Amistad Paintings

An Alabama-based historically Black college (HBCU) has taken the necessary steps to ensure that pieces of historic Black art are preserved. According to the Associated Press, Talladega College opened a new museum that will house paintings that visually capture the story surrounding the Amistad slave ship. A historically black college in Alabama is unveiling a […]

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Neanderthal Genes Hint at Much Earlier Human Migration From Africa

In recent years, millions of people have been astonished, even thrilled, to learn from those popular genetic tests that their DNA is laced with Neanderthal genes. Those genes were first discovered in 2010, in a study of Neanderthal fossils. From DNA recovered from the bones, researchers deduced that modern humans interbred with Neanderthals some 60,000 […]

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Leila Janah, Entrepreneur Who Hired the Poor, Dies at 37

Leila Janah, a social entrepreneur who employed thousands of desperately poor people in Africa and India in the fervent belief that jobs, not handouts, offered the best escape from poverty, died on Jan. 24 in Manhattan. She was 37. Samasource, one of her companies, said the cause was epithelioid sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. A […]

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Russia Exerts Growing Influence in Africa, Worrying Many in the West

WASHINGTON — Nearly 200 Russian mercenaries have deployed in recent months to Mozambique to combat a growing Islamic State offshoot there, even as Moscow is taking initial steps toward building a military port in the Horn of Africa that could become Russia’s first permanent base on the continent. Russia is steadily expanding its military influence […]

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We Made the Coronavirus Epidemic

The latest scary new virus that has captured the world’s horrified attention, caused a lockdown of 56 million people in China, disrupted travel plans around the globe and sparked a run on medical masks from Wuhan, Hubei Province, to Bryan, Texas, is known provisionally as “nCoV-2019.” It’s a clunky moniker for a lurid threat. The […]

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Another Great Depression or Tax Justice and Transparency? The Tax Justice Network January 2020 Podcast

Yver here. Lots of meaty topics this time at the TaxCast….like whether Brexit will usher in a buccaneer tax/finance regime, is depression just around the corner, and the looting of Angola. By Naomi Fowler. Originally published at Tax Justice Network The Taxcast kicks off the new decade with: the French strikes – tax justice and […]

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Africa’s Richest Woman Set to Face Charges in Angola Over Embezzlement

LUANDA, Angola — Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and the daughter of Angola’s former president, is set to be charged with committing crimes to enrich herself, after an investigation into embezzlement of millions of dollars from the state oil company, which she once headed, Angolan officials said. Angola’s attorney general, Hélder Pitta Grós, said […]

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Ancient DNA from West Africa Adds to Picture of Humans’ Rise

In October 2015, scientists reconstructed the genome of a 4,500-year-old man who lived in Ethiopia. It was the first time that anyone had created a complete genetic snapshot of an African from an ancient skeleton. Since then, other researchers have recovered DNA from skeletons unearthed in other regions of the continent. Now researchers have found […]

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Hiding in the Grass: Fear and Confusion as Fighters Overran a U.S. Airfield

WASHINGTON — Armed with rifles and explosives, about a dozen Shabab fighters destroyed an American surveillance plane as it was taking off and ignited an hourslong gunfight earlier this month on a sprawling military base in Kenya that houses United States troops. By the time the Shabab were done, portions of the airfield were burning […]

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How U.S. Firms Helped Africa’s Richest Woman Exploit Her Country’s Wealth

LISBON — It was the party to be seen at during the Cannes Film Festival, where being seen was the whole point. A Swiss jewelry company had rented out the opulent Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, drawing celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Campbell and Antonio Banderas. The theme: “Love on the Rocks.” Posing for photos at the […]

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