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Another Failed South Sudan Peace Agreement

Before the ink was dry on yet another peace agreement to end South Sudan's hostilities, violations occurred between President Salva Kiir's forces and troops belonging to rebel leader and former South Sudan vice-president Rick Machar. The two leaders, meeting June 26 in Khartoum with President Omar Bashir and after two days of talks that included Uganda President Yoweri Museveni,...

Africa, the World Cup and rooting for everybody Black

The world's most viewed sporting event happens every four years during the World Cup. Estimates suggest this year it will garner 3.2 billion viewers. In a recent commentary discussing who to root for during this global soccer match, subtitled “A Diasporic Black Man's Guide to the World Cup,' Maulud Sadiq wrote since his “family,” obviously due in great part...

Africa Watch – Mineral Wealth, Professionals Abroad and Honoring Winnie Mandela

Undervaluing Africa's mineral wealth Statistics taken from the African Development Bank focusing on the mining industry prospects in Africa, in 2012, highlighted that Africa represented only eight percent of global mineral production. This was broken down as bauxite 7 percent; chromite 38 percent; cobalt 60 percent; copper 9 percent; gold 20 percent; iron ore and lead 2 percent; manganese...

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Facts about Africa The recent continent-wide celebration of Africa, called Africa Day, not only paid homage to the forming of the Organization of African Unity, now called the African Union, but also celebrated the diversity of Africa and its one billion inhabitants, making it the Earth's second most populous continent. Here are a few more facts about Africa: The continent's...

Africa Watch – Peace Talks, Trade, Anti-corruption and Continental Airspace

Palestinian Ambassador accepts Ethiopia as a negotiator for peace talks The Palestinian ambassador to Ethiopia, Dr. Nasri Abujaish, during a May 15 press conference condemning the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, said with Ethiopia being the home of the African Union, “and the political capital of the (African) continent, we accept Ethiopia as a negotiator in the...

Africa Watch – Ramadan, Trevor Noah, Corruption and Fighting for Justice

What to expect visiting an African Islamic country during Ramadan observance Visitors to Islamic countries need to be aware of the local customs, including the annual observance of Ramadan. Though you're not expected to participate in the month long fast, it's important that you respect local customs and not, according to the online travel site trip savvy.com, eat or...

Africa Watch – Free Trade, Women Entrepreneurs and Vestiges of Apartheid South Africa

Africa from exporter of raw material to supplier of manufactured goods Africa's intra-regional commerce as a share of its overall trade rose a mere seven percent from eight percent in 2011, points out Moody's, the rating agency. The continents total inter-continental exports in 2016 amounted to just 18 percent of Africa's total exports. Compare that with intraregional exports in...

Germany Rejects Reparations Suit Over Colonial Massacre In Namibia

GINNEWS (GIN)  — In its first formal response to a class-action suit filed by the Herero and Nama people of Namibia, Germany has asked a New York judge to throw out the suit as “inadmissible” because of “the principle of state immunity.” The indigenous people have been seeking reparations for the genocide of their peoples under German colonial rule in the early...

Africa Among Top 10 Fastest Growing Markets For Air Travel

GINNEWS (GIN)–Airline industry and ministry officials attending Aviation Festival Africa and Airports Show Africa heard some good news and some not so good news.  First, according to the International Air Traffic Transport Association (IATA), the top 10 fastest growing world markets for air travel over the next 20 years will be in Africa. The top 10 fastest growing markets are: Benin,...

South Africa Seeks Legal Change To Allow Taking Of White-Owned Land

GINNEWS (GIN)–President Jacob Zuma finally addressed the long-unresolved matter of land reform, a demand of thousands of Black landless people whose properties were confiscated in the apartheid era. In his State of the Nation address, President Zuma pledged to break up White ownership of business and land to reduce inequality. He called on parliament to change South Africa's constitution to allow...