CONNECTING THE DOTS
- WHEN in November UNESCO announced that the reggae music of Jamaica had been added to its list of cultural products considered worthy of recognition, it was a reflection on the fact that reggae, which grew from its roots in the backstreets and dance halls of Jamaica, is more than just …
In DR Congo, UN Accused Of Bowing To Pressure To Cook The Books And Downplay Numbers Of People In CrisisAid groups say overlooking three million displaced people will dramatically impact their ability to respond to needs.
To The Music Of ‘Democracy Is Dying’, 12 African Countries Head To The Polls In 2019: How Will It End?There is proliferation of progressive forces at all levels of African politics. They are exposing and combating corruption and other abuses of power.
FGM In Africa Sees ‘Huge And Significant’ Decline, With Dramatic Fall From 71% To 8% In East Africa Over 20 YearsThe number of women predicted to be face genital mutilation in the world each year could rise to 4.6 million by 2030.
- The Mnangagwa regime could try to take ill-gotten gains away from Mugabe and Grace Mugabe, as Malaysias new government is doing to its previous kleptocratic prime minister and his wife.
South Sudan War Enters 6th Year, With A Tragic Count Of 40,000 People Dead And 4.5 Million DisplacedAs the war enters its sixth year only the most optimistic of observers is voicing much hope that the revitalised peace agreement.
Brutal Attacks Against Women And Girls In South Sudan Reported, As Strife-Torn Country’s Levels Of Sexual Violence ContinueMore than 150 women and girls were raped, beaten, and brutalised over a 10-day period at the end of November.
- The audit also found stockpiled goods, more lying idle than had been distributed in the previous 12 months, including 288,000 blankets and 50,000 wheelbarrows.
- An estimated 219 million malaria cases were reported globally in 2017.
- Eight countries including several in crisis such as Chad, Sudan, and South Sudan are in debt distress and a further 18 are at high risk.
US Kills 60 Al-Shabaab In Deadliest Attacks On The Somali Militants, But The Cycle Of Violence ContinuesAl-Shabaab has lost large swathes of territory to the Somali army this year, bolstered by US and African Union peacekeeping troops, AMISOM.
Inequality And Child Hunger: Angola, Rwanda, Ethiopia Make Progress, But Full Stomachs Still Belong To The RicherStunting rates range between 10% in prosperous areas of southern Nigeria to over 50% in parts of the north.
Two Deserving Winners: Nadia Murad And Denis Mukwege Awarded 2018 Nobel Peace For Campaigns Against Sexual ViolenceThe US and UK dominate the countries of the prize's winners. Mukwege is the 11th recipient from Africa.
Central African Republic Just Scored The Most Negative Feelings Of Any Nation In 10 Years Of A Global SurveyThe survey didnt cover some countries facing serious political and humanitarian problems, including Burundi, Somalia, and Sudan.
Mali’s Spoilers: Fighting Among Armed Groups Intensifies, Leaving Hundreds Dead, Thousands DisplacedIslamist militants, once confined to the north, have slowly expanded their presence in the region since 2015, inflaming tensions.
- "Since parliament has failed to come to the ghetto, then we shall bring the ghetto to parliament", said the musician turned populist politician.
- Since the violence in DRCs Kasai region last March, 1.4 million people have been displaced.
- Official statistics underestimate total trade between Benin and Nigeria by 50% for imports, and by about 85% for exports.
With Over 10 Million Still Needing Assistance Every Day, The ‘Forgotten’ Lake Chad Crisis Gets A Shot In The ArmMore than $2 billion was pledged at the Lake Chad crisis, more than the $1.5 billion sought and three times the disappointing haul last year.
South Africa’s University Students Face A Crisis; Nearly 30% Go Hungry, With Black Learners Three Times More Likely To Than White OnesTheres a common perception that students represent the elite...But this is a myth. Students are more likely to be food insecure than others in the general population.
Survey Shows 70% Of South Africans Feel Immigrants Pose A Threat To The Country, And That Fuels XenophobiaRemarkably, the most frequently mentioned non-threat explanation for kind of hate crime was envy of the success or ingenuity of foreigners.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
- The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.
- Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
- Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market
- Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has
- Recent years have been fairly good for African leaders, because since 1910, at least 30 prime and presidents have been killed while in office. It happens less often these days