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^^^From articles I have read, Mugabe apparently wants to inflict his daughter's rule upon the next generation.  A bit much for his former military supporters, I suppose.

 

 

An ugly figurehead indeed.


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Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Burundi

 

 


 

 

 

 

(Federal Register) On November 22, 2015, by Executive Order 13712, the President declared a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in Burundi, which has been marked by the killing of and violence against civilians, unrest, the incitement of imminent violence, and significant political repression, and which threatens the peace, security, and stability of Burundi and the region.

 

The situation in Burundi continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on November 22, 2015, to deal with that threat must continue in effect beyond November 22, 2017. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13712.

 

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

 

 

  THE WHITE HOUSE, November 6, 2017. Filed 11-7-17; 11:15 am]

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^^^From articles I have read, Mugabe apparently wants to inflict his daughter's rule upon the next generation.  A bit much for his former military supporters, I suppose.

 

 

An ugly figurehead indeed.

 

 

I hope he is removed by force. Trash like this doesn't belong in power.



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Africa Roundup: Tech Awards

 

https://techcrunch.c.../11/14/1567447/

 

 

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(TechCrunch) Logistics transportation company Lori Systems won best of show at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa after gaining majority votes of the event’s 15 judges. The Kenyan-based venture pitched its platform to optimize all points of the cargo delivery supply chain ― from the trucks, to the suppliers, to invoicing and costs. Co-founded by South African Josh Sandler and Kenyan Gichini Ngaruiya, Lori Systems will now compete in TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt San Francisco 2018.

 

Lori wasn’t the only winner at Startup Battlefield Africa, where 15 finalists presented before a full house and global audience via live stream. Agtech company Agrocenta ― which helps small holder farmers improve their value chain ― won the competition’s social good category. SynCommerce took honors in the gaming and entertainment category, which also included fashion. The Ghana-based startup helps sellers list and synchronize product inventory and sales across multiple sites, such as Shopify, eBay and Etsy.

 

Startup Battlefield Africa also included a panel lineup that discussed everything from investing in startups to solving Africa’s internet connectivity equation. Some of October’s bigger African tech headlines dropped around speaker-related companies.

 

The technology training and job placement company Andela raised $40 million in Series C funding. The financing came from CRE Venture Capital, a Pan-African venture firm, with additional participation from DBL PartnersAmploSalesforce Venturesand Africa-focused TLcom Capital.

 

Previous investors, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV and Spark Capital, also joined in funding.


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Scientists warn Lake Victoria is dying

Scientists are warning that Lake Victoria, Africa's largest freshwater lake, is under threat of dying.

They blame over-fishing and pollution for severely damaged fish stocks.

A Ugandan fisherman has told the BBC his catch has declined in recent years.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ctoria-is-dying



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Final death toll hits 512 in Somalia truck bombing in October

 

http://www.latimes.c...1202-story.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) The final death toll in October's massive truck bombing in Somalia's capital is 512 people, according to the committee tasked with looking into the country's worst-ever attack.

 

The final toll is a dramatic increase from previous estimates of more than 350 killed. The committee's report, obtained by the Associated Press, says another 312 people were wounded in the Mogadishu bombing and 62 people remain missing.

 

Somalia's government has blamed the Al Qaeda-linked Shabab extremist group for the Oct. 14 attack, which struck a crowded street. Security officials said the bomb weighed between 1,300 and 1,700 pounds as the extremist group's bomb-making capabilities grow.

 

The attack appalled Somalis, with some calling it their “9/11.” Thousands later marched in defiance against the extremist group, while the president announced a new military offensive.

 

Shabab often attacks high-profile areas in Mogadishu. Somali intelligence officials have said the massive truck bomb was meant to target the heavily guarded airport, where several countries have embassies, but instead detonated in the crowded street after soldiers opened fire and flattened one of the truck's tires.

 

 

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400,000 young children in Congo could starve to death
Source: Axios

 

There are at least 400,000 severely malnourished children under 5 years old living in the Democratic Republic of Congo who could die within months without emergency intervention, UNICEF warned today.

The gritty details: After 18 months of conflict, displaced people and poor harvests, these children in the Kasai region are the most vulnerable in a population of 750,000 acutely malnourished children in what some say could become the "biggest emergency of 2018."
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There have been ongoing fights between local rebel groups and government troups in the Kasai region after tribal chieftain and rebel Kamwina Nsapu was killed last year, Yahoo reports.

Due to this unrest as well as the everyday, ongoing violence in the African country, 3.9 million people have been displaced in DRC, according to the UN refugee report.

 


Read more: https://www.axios.co...2516918576.html

BBC video report: http://www.bbc.co.uk...i-s-hunger-road



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One last push to end South Sudan's deadly civil war

 

http://http://www.al...4071246774.html

 

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(Al Jaazera) I know and have seen war and its horror and cruelty in my own country. I have supported peace processes in conflicts since. But all of that didn't quite prepare me for my trip to South Sudan earlier this year.

 

Since civil war broke out in December 2013, South Sudan has spiralled into a deeper state of emergency. It's a brutal conflict, steeped in claims of ethnic cleansing. A deadly hunger crisis reigns over parts of the country: It is the civilians, the women and the children who are paying the price. The palpable hope of South Sudan's independence in 2011 - something so many of us celebrated in our region -  now seems very distant. 

 

Women - strong, hard-working and self-sacrificing women - told me, "We want to walk freely, we want to farm, we want to feed our families." They live in a city called Malakal, on a "Protection of Civilians" (POC) site. "At home, we used our hands for our work, now we have been turned into beggars, and we cannot provide for our families," Mary* told me. She lives on the site now, and like many women has been widowed by the conflict.

 

I visited what felt like a ghost town. Malakal used to be South Sudan's second largest city after the capital, Juba. Now, most of its former residents have fled to neighbouring Sudan- the country that they fought for independence from so fiercely - or they live in the POC camps.

 

The camp I visited is now home to many displaced women and girls; it is guarded by UN peacekeepers who line its outskirts, in tall watchtowers. They carry heavy weaponry in case the camp is attacked - which it has been, on several occasions.

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People displaced by fighting wait to get water at a United Nations Mission in South Sudan

(UNMISS) camp in Malakal, Upper Nile State [Andreea Campeanu/Reuters]

 

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Congolese Warlord Found Liable for $10 Million Reparations

 

https://www.courthou...on-reparations/

 

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the International Criminal Court ruled Friday that a former warlord from the Democratic Republic of the Congo convicted of using child soldiers is liable for $10 million in reparations to victims in the African nation.

 

The court said it had approved applications for reparations from 427 direct or indirect victims of crimes by Thomas Lubanga, who was convicted in March 2012 and is serving a 14-year prison sentence in Congo.

 

It adds that “further evidence established the existence of hundreds of even thousands of additional victims” affected by Lubanga’s crimes.

 

Judges however acknowledge that Lubanga has no money and any reparations will have to be paid by a fund set up by the court for victims, possibly with the help of Congolese authorities.

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Who will replace Zuma? 'Battle for ANC's heart' starts

 

http://www.aljazeera...6133448718.html

 

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(Al Jazeera) Around 5,000 delegates from South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) have gathered in Johannesburg for a key conference to choose the ruling party's next leader.

 

The five-day convention, which started on Saturday, comes amid divisions between the party's faithful over who will replace President Jacob Zuma as head of the ANC.

 

There are seven candidates for the post, but the frontrunners are Cyril Ramaphosa, the party's current deputy president; and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chairperson of the African Union High Commission and Zuma's ex-wife. 

 

Zuma, whose tenure has been tainted by allegations of corruption, is set to vacate the country's presidency in 2019, and whoever ends up leading the ANC will likely replace him in that role, too.

 

South Africa will hold a national election in 2019.

 

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Who’s Who in the New Leadership of South Africa’s ANC

 

https://www.bloomber...th-africa-s-anc

 

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(Bloomberg Politics) South Africa’s ruling African National Congress named its new leadership on Monday following one of the most hotly contested elections in the 105-year-old party’s history.

 

Here’s an overview of the party’s top six officials:

 

President: Cyril Ramaphosa

 

The 65-year-old deputy president secured the top party post after pledging to revive the economy and tackle corruption. A lawyer who co-founded the National Union of Mineworkers, Ramaphosa helped negotiate a peaceful end to apartheid and draft South Africa’s first democratic constitution. He lost out to Thabo Mbeki in the contest to succeed Nelson Mandela as president in 1999 and went into business, amassing a fortune before returning to full-time politics in 2012 as the ANC’s deputy leader. 

Ramaphosa was accused of enticing police action against striking workers before 34 people were shot dead at the Marikana platinum mine his company partly owned. A judicial inquiry cleared him of wrongdoing. President Jacob Zuma named him as his deputy in 2014.

 

For a discussion of the other five officials use the link provided above.

 

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From left: Jessie Duarte, Ace Magashule, Gwede Mantashe, Cyril Ramaphosa, David Mabuza and Paul Mashatile on Dec. 18.

 

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

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FarmCrowdy raises $1M round to bring Nigerian farmers online and to market

 

https://techcrunch.c.../12/18/1579210/

 

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(Techcrunch) Bringing small scale Nigerian farmers to a broader market has netted the new startup Farmcrowdy $1 million from investors including Techstars, Cox Ventures and Social Capital.

 

Farmcrowdy’s digital platform connects investors to farmers through sponsorship packages to fund higher yields for a share of the returns.

 

The app allows the sponsors to “Farm Shop” screened agricultural opportunities by produce type, funding amount, contract duration, and expected returns on an investment. The profiles include details on what the sponsorship funds―farm inputs, technical advice, or logistical support―to achieve yields. Common crops are cassava, soya beans, and rice. Investors can also use Farmcrowdy’s platform to track the performance of their sponsorships.

 

“What makes Farmcrowdy different from other platforms is it turns a complex problem into a digital marketplace,” Farmcrowdy CEO Onyeka Akumah told TechCrunch. “We’re taking care of funding for farmers, training for farmers, providing the market for the farmers to sell. We’re taking care of the logistics to move farm harvests to the market and making sure farmers earn a decent return at the end of their cycle,” he said.

 

Farmcrowdy screens small scale farms throughout Nigeria and works with partners such as Syngenta and Africa’s International Institute of Tropical Agriculture to shape sponsorship packages to provide them expertise. A big problem, according to Akumah, is many of the farms do not have the inputs to reach the full harvest potential of their land plots.

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Liberia waiting to hear 1st results of runoff election

 

https://www.msn.com/...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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(AP) MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia's National Elections Commission was expected to begin releasing provisional results on Wednesday from the West African nation's presidential runoff as a football star and the vice president compete to replace Africa's first female head of state.

 

State radio correspondents reported unofficial results overnight indicating that former international soccer player George Weah led in several counties, but election authorities warned the two parties to "stop making premature pronouncements."

 

This is the first time in more than 70 years the nation founded by freed American slaves will see one democratically elected government hand power to another. Results will be announced progressively, though the elections commission has two weeks to give final results.

 

Nearly 2.2 million voters were choosing between the 51-year-old Weah and 73-year-old Vice President Joseph Boakai. The winner will replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after two terms.

 

Weah led the first round of voting on Oct. 10 but didn't get enough votes to win outright. The runoff was contested twice in court amid claims of irregularities, with its original Nov. 7 date delayed.

 

 

 

 

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South African President Suffers Another Legal Setback

 

https://www.courthou...-legal-setback/

 

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s top court on Friday ruled that parliament failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account in a scandal over multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home, in a decision that fueled opposition calls for the president to be impeached.

 

The Constitutional Court’s ruling followed its conclusion last year that Zuma violated the constitution when he benefited inappropriately from state funding for his Nkandla home. It was one of a series of presidential scandals that have tarnished the reputation of the ruling African National Congress, the main anti-apartheid movement that has led South Africa since the first all-race elections in 1994.

 

Zuma has survived opposition efforts to oust him in votes of no confidence in parliament, where the ANC party has a majority. Frustrated by setbacks in the National Assembly, the opposition went to court as part of their campaign to impeach Zuma, who has lost support among ruling party loyalists.

 

Zuma was replaced as party leader this month by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a critic of the corruption that has undermined South Africa’s economy.

 

“We conclude that the assembly did not hold the president to account,” said Chris Jafta, a Constitutional Court judge who read out the ruling.


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I wonder if professional athletes winning elections in Africa could become a trend.

 

George Weah: From football star to Liberia president

 

http://www.aljazeera...9094709566.html

 

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(AL Jazeera) As a footballer, George Weah won accolades few could hope for, picking up the Ballon d'Or and seizing African Footballer of the Year on multiple occasions, alongside a raft of team honours.

 

Fewer still would dare dream of leading their countries; but after winning around 61 percent of votes in Liberia's presidential election, Weah, from the Congress for Democratic Change party, is set to do just that.

 

His footballing talent was honed in the slums of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, an experience that saw him catch the attention of French club Monaco - for which he won the French Cup. 

 

French giants Paris Saint-Germain soon came knocking.

 

Later, Weah played for Italy's AC Milan, winning the Serie A title twice before whittling out the tail end of his career with stints at Chelsea and Manchester City, among others.

 

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Weah grew up in poverty honing his football skills in Monrovia's slums

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Why is it that elections in Africa are starting to sound more and more like elections in the United States, whilst elections in the United States are starting to sound more and more like elections in Africa?

 

Liberia VP accepts defeat, congratulates George Weah for runoff win

 

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(World Affairs) George Weah’s opponent in the presidential runoff vote of December 26 has conceded defeat at the polls and congratulated the 51-year-old former footballer.

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I don't think sports teaches one to be what a nation needs...A president should understand science, economics and social policy.



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Free Money

 

http://www.spiegel.d...-a-1184358.html

 

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The arrival of aid workers was hardly a novelty for Odhiambo and their departure was just as common. Her village is near the city of Bondo, located on the eastern shores of Lake Victoria in one of the poorest parts of Kenya. Almost half of the inhabitants here are forced to survive on the equivalent of less than 2 euros per day. In most villages, there is neither electricity nor running water, and the only jobs available are as livestock herders, fishermen or fieldworkers, and even those are scarce.

 

For decades, state and private aid organizations from around the world have been trying to develop the region: Germans dug wells into the dusty, dry ground while young men and women from the United States have built schools in the remote villages. The British have brought food, blankets and medication to the miserably equipped medical clinics. Odhiambo doesn't want to sound ungrateful, but the aid didn't really do much for the people here, she says: Storms ripped the roofs off the schools, water pumps broke with nobody able to repair them, and the drugs brought to the clinics often only fought the symptoms and not the causes of illnesses. The lives of some people in Bondo may have got better, Odhiambo says, but the poor saw little improvement.

 

How, though, can aid become more effective? GiveDirectly, the organization that turned up in Odhiambo's village in September, believes it has found an answer. Despite her skepticism, Norah Odhiambo assembled with other villagers in the cool shade of the acacia trees and listened. It turned out to be a moment that changed her life.

 

"When they introduced the project, my only thought was: Can this really be true?" Odhiambo recalls. The organization wanted to hand out money to all 300 inhabitants of the village, the equivalent of about $22, without stipulations or strings attached, every month, for 12 years. The GiveDirectly representatives said that the pilot project would begin in their village, with the goal of helping many more people in western Kenya. The idea is that of providing an unconditional basic income to every adult resident. Odhiambo still laughs in disbelief when she talks about it.

 

 

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A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride

 

https://techcrunch.c...und-its-stride/

 

Introduction:

 

(Tech Crunch) African tech in 2017 was about the normalization of market events mostly absent even a decade ago. There were acquisitions, multiple investment rounds, lots of expansion, big strategic partnerships and some surprise failures.

 

Africa is fast becoming home to a dynamic tech sector. Here’s a snapshot of the news that shaped that transition over the last year.

 

Andela’s $40 million VC raise in October was one of the continent’s most notable. The technology training and job placement firm received Series C funding from CRE Venture Capital, DBL Partners, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Salesforce Ventures, among others.

 

Andela said it would use the funds for continued expansion. The coding accelerator marked three years in May by adding a Uganda office to locations in New York, Nigeria and Kenya.

 

New investment also helped moved Africa’s startup boom into the used autos space. In May, Nigeria-based Cars45.com raised a $5 million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group to better connect used-car sellers to digital price quotes, first-time online service histories and offers.

 

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