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Kenyan Grassroots Activist Tapped For Major Humanitarian Prize
November 20, 2018
Kennedy Odede started SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities) as a teenager in 2004 with 20 cents and a soccer ball. Growing up in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa, he experienced extreme poverty, violence, lack of opportunity, and deep gender inequality. Odede also dreamed of transforming urban slums, from the inside-out. ... read more »
Teammates Of U.S. Green Beret Face Murder Prosecution
November 20, 2018
More than a year has passed since the death of U.S. Green Beret Logan Melgar in Bamako, Mali. Investigators now believe they have men of interest – two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders. The four face charges that include felony murder in the strangulation death of Staff Sgt. Melgar. ... read more »
Violence Against Women – Never Acceptable, Never Ending
November 20, 2018
Violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today, remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it, says the U.N. on its webpage “end violence day.” The reality of domestic violence is a plague that affects millions of women, often trapped in a toxic environment they cannot escape.  ... read more »
Rep. Bass Statement of Concern Regarding the Appointment of Lana Marks as Unites States Ambassador to South Africa
November 16, 2018
“In order for our country to fully take advantage of these opportunities, it is imperative that people with strong backgrounds relevant to the countries they will serve are appointed to be ambassadors, especially to sensitive countries such as South Africa, where less than 70 years ago, the United States refused to stand with the rest of the world in opposing the Apartheid regime established there. South Africa is a key strategic partner and a key ally on the continent and I look forward to continuing our work to build capacity there.” ... read more »
U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Department Appoints Joe Boschulte
November 8, 2018
Boschulte will help the Territory to achieve "operational improvements" to the cruise ship sector as well as economic benefits to the community. ... read more »
Ethiopia Elects 1st Female President; ‘Sets The Standard’ 
November 1, 2018
Ethiopian lawmakers unanimously elected the country’s first female president on Thursday, days after approving one of the world’s few “gender-balanced” Cabinets as the country’s dramatic reforms continue.  ... read more »
Namibia Agrees to ‘Land Deal’ with Russian Billionaire
October 26, 2018
The Namibian government has leased four farms for 99 years to a company owned by a Russian billionaire. ... read more »
Over 200,000 Congolese Driven Out of Angola in Anti-Smuggling Row
October 26, 2018
Under the name “Operation Transparency,' Angolan officials in less than a month evicted between 200- and 400,000 migrants, mostly Congolese from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), claiming the migrants were plundering Angola’s resources – specifically diamonds.  ... read more »
Aging Autocrat Whips Opposition and Claims Victory in A Disputed Poll
October 26, 2018
An investigation this year supported by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project may give a clue to the president’s resilience. Over the course of his administration, President Biya has spent at least four and a half years out of the country on “brief private visits” at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva with its views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. ... read more »
South African Student Makes History by Using Official Language in Thesis
October 25, 2018
When the time arrived for Nompumelelo Kapa to write her doctoral thesis at the University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape, South Africa, she likely responded: Masambe – a word that, when translated in English, means “Let’s Go” in the original South African language of isiXhosa. ... read more »
Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Denis Mukwege Inspired by the Women he Treats
October 25, 2018
The birth of the #MeToo movement and the awarding of the Nobel Prize to he and Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad, who has detailed her life as an ISIS sex slave, illustrate that mentalities are slowly beginning to change and that there’s a gradual evolution in mindset, Dr. Mukwege said. ... read more »
“Vaya” —A Remarkable Look at Innocence Lost in Modern South Africa  
October 18, 2018
Nigerian Director Akin Omotoso Film Debuts November 1st on Netflix  ... read more »
Nobel Prize for Healing Rape Survivors in Midst of War
October 12, 2018
Known as the rape surgeon, Dr. Mukwege has helped care for more than 50,000 survivors of sexual violence even as he himself is at risk and attacks against women are on the upswing. ... read more »
Uproar Over Expulsion of Famed Anti-Colonialist Professor
October 12, 2018
Zambian authorities roiled the nation’s waters by deporting an influential pan-Africanist professor before he could disembark at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and before he could address a class of graduating university seniors on the topic: “Africa in the age of China’s Global Influence and Global Geodynamics.” ... read more »
U.S. Gets Green Light to Boot Thousands of African Refugees
October 12, 2018
A simmering dispute between the U.S. and Ghana appears to be resolved. Some 7,000 Ghanaians can now be deported from the U.S. and a key demand - that their Ghanaian citizenship be proven before deportation - has been dropped. ... read more »
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