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Africa's fastest growing economies

Ethiopia has held the title as Africa’s fastest growing economy in the past decade thanks to its fast-growing agricultural sector and coffee exports. However, research from organisations such as the World Bank, IMF and African Development Bank, suggests that Ghana may be poised to take that title and potentially beat out India’s growth to become the world’s fastest growing economy for 2018. The New York Times points to the IMF’s projections that suggest only Bhutan and Libya may have a growth rate that outpaces Ghana, but that Bhutan’s economy is significantly smaller than that of Ghana’s and Libya is recently emerging from a war.


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Why China's footprint in Africa worries the US

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson set out this week for his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, where he is holding meetings with influential leaders across the continent.
Yet even as the US seeks to shore up (and, in some sense, repair) its relationships with African governments, Tillerson is keenly aware of another, bigger presence looming in the background: China.
Since the early 2000s, China has been investing heavily across Africa through dramatically increased trade, foreign direct investments and loans from the China Export-Import Bank. The phenomenon has, in many respects, been a boon for African economies. But it has also put the US government on edge, as Tillerson expressed in a speech earlier this week at George Mason University, in Washington's Virginia suburbs.
"Chinese investment does have the potential to address Africa's infrastructure gap, but its approach has led to mounting debt and few if any jobs in most countries," said Tillerson. "When coupled with political and fiscal pressure, this endangers Africa's natural resources and its long-term economic and political stability."


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Because if the Chinese are exploiting the Africans, then the Africans have a choice between Chinese and US exploitation, which limits how exploitative the US can be. 



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Former South African president Jacob Zuma faces prosecution 

 

https://www.thenatio...cution-1.713656

 

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(The National) Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face prosecution on corruption charges that haunted for much of his term in office, the country's chief prosecutor said on Friday.

 

"After consideration of the matter there are reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution of Mr Zuma," said National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams at a media briefing in Pretoria.

 

"A trial court would be the most appropriate [venue] for the ventilation of the issues."

 

The former president could now appeal the ruling on a number of grounds and argue that the decision is illegitimate as Mr Abrahams' own position is uncertain.

 

In December, the High Court in Pretoria ordered then-deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Mr Abrahams, ruling that Mr Zuma's original decision to appoint him was "null and void" because he was "conflicted" at the time.

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Former South African president Jacob Zuma listens as new party Cyril Ramaphosa leader addresses delegates during the closing of the ANC's elective conference in Johannesburg on December 21, 2017.

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Ex-CIA operative "Thomas" lights up a cigar and likes to think about old times when 30 years ago being a good op he enjoyed the beauties of Africa. Back then he was young, enthusiastic and full of ambition, very curious, self-motivated and keen on adventures...

Liberia, the first republic on the Dark Continent, was tearing apart by a longstanding civil war. And traditionally the U.S. considered the country as sphere of its national interests and at least aimed to control the situation there, if not to rule the country.

In the 90s the CIA had agents in almost every faction involved in the major ethnic conflict. And the most important assets were those men who had a close contact with Liberia's President and the country's government to report sensible information about their plans so the White House could pull the trigger.

Brownie Jeffrey Samukai was among those agents who until 1994 was close to Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, the President of the Interim Government of National Unity in Liberia, and enjoyed his trust. After service in the Armed Forces Samukai held a number of senior positions which included Deputy Minister of Defense for Operations, in 1993-94 he served as commander of the Black Berets, in 1994-95 he was a director of the Liberian National Police. Samukai was CIA's valuable asset who got a solid pay-off. To keep control over the agent his supervisors rolled over for him. During the civil war escalation Samukai demanded to ensure his personal and his family's security. At the same time, with the help from CIA he developed his business projects and opened Exsecon security firm.

In the 90s resident agents "Jim" and "Dutch" in Monrovia engaged with Samukai. "Thomas" gave a friendly steer and asked not to publish their real names. The all-important meetings with the agent were always held by chief figures of the CIA station there.

Even after President Sawyer left his post and the following annual change of Liberian leaders, Washington supported its voluntary assistant waterborne with the help of other valuable agents. As the result Samukai "outlived" a lot of Liberian Presidents and even worked in the U.N. In 2006 he became Minister of National Defense of Liberia as part of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's Cabinet.

In the agent's profile in Langley it is marked that Brownie Samukai assisted in the arrest of former Liberia's President Charles Taylor and bringing him to the U.N. International Tribunal. Agent informed the CIA of every detail about arms dealers and their business, natural resources deals and drug dealing. A special concern in the U.S. was raised by Samukai's information about relationship between Charles Taylor and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Among other Samukai's merits are eliminating of his compatriots who interfered with U.S. plans in Liberia.

And the last feather in our hero's cap...

In the mentioned profile there is mark about excessive loyalty of Brownie Samukai to the U.S. You can ask him if it was the real display of "love" or not... but there're no doubts in valuable agent's inventiveness and adroitness. By "collecting points" Samukai declared his love to American intelligence and implored his supervisor to send him a book "From the Shadows" by former CIA chief Robert Gates.

As "Thomas" said, the acquisition of agents like Samukai is possible with the help of the DIA that cooperate with the CIA through a special link as a part of collaboration with foreign military departments. Here is where the CIA and DIA work together on the same goal, but play different roles.

The DIA officers in a foreign land regularly meet with partners and the most promising are invited to the U.S. for sharing experience. Further they examine candidate's psychological condition and determine their recruiting sensitivity. If successful, new agents receive further instructions from the CIA's handlers under the diplomatic disguise in the country of residence.

Apparently, the recruits of higher rank are more essential for the U.S. intelligence.

However, "Thomas" does not consider Samukai's hooking as something exceptional for the CIA. Hiring top ranking officials in Africa was always a trivial thing among professionals in the U.S. intelligence...

"Thomas" knows a lot about African agents of ministerial rank. He saw how the CIA works from the first raw of the seats, including the enrolment of former Zaire's Minister of Defense Honore Ngbanda-Nzambo Ko Atumba. But he will tell us about that later...



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^^^^Is this an article you found, or an original composition?

 

If it is from an article that you found, t would be a good idea to provide a link to that article. Also, the moderators will likely object to an article that is this long.  Copyright considerations and all of that.

 

With that said, an interesting article.  I look forward to your continued participation in this forum, especially if you are willing to cite your sources.


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U.S. automation could threaten African manufacturing within 15 years

21st March 2018

 

Operating robots in US factories could become cheaper than hiring workers in Kenya by 2033, new research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has found, raising fears that African countries could miss out as manufacturers move back to richer economies due to falling automation costs.

 

Read more: https://www.futureti.../2018/03/21.htm

 

 

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Sierra Leone accuses Britain of regime change plot

 

http://www.worldaffa...ime-change-plot

 

 

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(Africa Review) Sierra Leone’s governing party has accused the Britain of spearheading an international conspiracy to effect regime change by rigging its presidential election.

The All People’s Congress (APC) party, through a spokesman, said Tuesday the conspiracy involved the African Union, the West African regional bloc Ecowas and the Commonwealth, among others.

 
Deputy Information minister and a government spokesman Cornelius Deveaux, said the British High Commissioner in Freetown was championing the conspiracy alongside former Ghanaian President John Mahama. Mr Mahama is heading the Commonwealth Elections Observation Mission in the country.

 

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“There is an international conspiracy to steal our victory. It is led by British High Commissioner, Guy Warrington, and implemented by former Ghanaian President John Mahama,” Mr Deveaux, told state broadcaster SLBC.

 

Mr Deveaux, who is also the APC publicity secretary, said they had got evidence indicating that a brother of President Mahama was bankrolling the campaign of the opposition candidate, Brig (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio.

 

The allegations come as the country anxiously awaits the results of the March 31 presidential run-off election pitching Brig Bio against APC’s Dr Samura Kamara.

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Mr John Mahama.

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Ex-South Africa Leader Is Defiant as Corruption Case Starts

 

https://www.courthou...on-case-starts/

 

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DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma sat in the dock of a packed courtroom on Friday to face corruption charges and emerged defiant, telling supporters that the case against him was politically motivated.

 

Zuma, 75, appeared relaxed during the brief hearing at which his case was adjourned until June 8. While a lengthy court battle is expected, the spectacle of Zuma appearing before a judge less than two months after his resignation was a victory for opposition figures and activists who have fought for years to call him to account.

 

Sixteen charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering were recently reinstated after being thrown out nearly a decade ago. They relate to an arms deal in the 1990s, when Zuma was deputy president. The case fueled the public anger that finally forced Zuma from power in February, though other scandals hurt him and the ruling African National Congress party that eventually instructed him to resign.

 

At the hearing, Judge Themba Sishi said Zuma was free “on warning.” He could face several years in prison.

 

 

State prosecutor Billy Downer suggested that Zuma’s trial start on Nov. 12, though a lawyer for Zuma said the defense would not agree to any trial date for now. In the meantime, the defense is expected to challenge a decision by the National Prosecuting Authority to reinstate the charges against the former president.


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Ok, I did not read the entire study (see below), but the gist of it seems to be concerning probable elections upcoming in December 2018, which is worth noting.

 

Electoral Poker in Democratic Republic of Congo

 

http://www.worldaffa...-poker-dr-congo

 

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(International Crisis Group) What’s new? After repeated delays, President Joseph Kabila’s government in the Democratic Republic of Congo has made progress over the past few months toward organising elections for 23 December 2018. But there are still important concerns about the transparency and quality of the polls.

 

Why does it matter? While there are still numerous uncertainties, prospects for elections this year have improved – mostly due to increased pressure on the president from African leaders. This provides an opportunity for renewed regional and international engagement to help push toward a more credible vote in December and a peaceful transfer of power.

 

What should be done? Regional and international actors should push for the confidence-building measures in the 2016 Saint Sylvester agreement, focusing on steps to help level the playing field and improve trust in electoral preparations. The ruling majority and the opposition should participate constructively in the process and refrain from incendiary tactics and language.

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At Least 41 Killed as Dam Bursts in Kenya, Officials Say

 

https://www.courthou...-officials-say/

 

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A dam burst its banks in Kenya’s Rift Valley, killing at least 41 people and forcing hundreds from their homes, officials said Thursday. At least 20 of the dead were children, police said.

 

Water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, on Wednesday night, sweeping away hundreds of homes, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua estate that borders the reservoir.

 

“Many people are missing. It is a disaster,” said Rongai town police chief Joseph Kioko.

 

Nearly 170 people have now died since March from floods caused by seasonal rains, according to Kenyan authorities. The floods hit as the East African nation was recovering from a severe drought that affected half of the country.

 

Almost an entire village was swept away by silt and water from the burst dam, said Gideon Kibunja, the county police chief in charge of criminal investigations. Officials said homes over a radius of nearly 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) were submerged.

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Sudanese teen sentenced to death for killing husband after rape

 

https://www.aljazeer...0171137709.html

 

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(AL Jaazera) Noura Hussein, a 19-year-old Sudanese woman, was sentenced to death by a court for stabbing to death a man she was forced to marry after he raped her.

 

The death penalty for Hussein was confirmed by a judge on Thursday after her husband's family rejected financial compensation and insisted on retribution.

 

"The husband's family received the verdict with claps of joy and cheering," said Amal Habani, a Sudanese journalist and women's rights activist who attended the hearing in Omdurman, Sudan's second-largest city.

 

"But for Hussein's supporters at the courtroom, the news was very distressing," Habani told Al Jazeera.

 

Hussein's legal team has 15 days to appeal the death sentence.

 

According to another human rights activist who also attended the hearing, large crowds of supporters for Hussein gathered outside the court to protest the verdict, but police violently dispersed them.

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At 16, Hussein was forced by her parents to marry her cousin, forcing her to flee

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How does one receive the death penalty in Sudan? I don't imagine it will be very pleasant.



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^Good question.  No, I don't imagine that it would be very pleasant.

 

At any rate, for our next (and continuing) story:

 

Today wasn’t Day Zero in Cape Town, but the water crisis isn’t over

 

https://www.theverge...-climate-change

 

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(The Verge) The mayor of Cape Town, South Africa predicted in October 2017 that the city would run out of water by the following March. Since then, the date for what officials are calling “Day Zero” has shifted from April 21st, to April 12th, and April 16th. Today, May 11th, was another potential Day Zero — but the latest from the city is that the threat has been postponed to sometime in 2019. What gives?

 

In some ways, the shifting estimates are a good thing: they reflect how successful Cape Town has been at conserving its water. Now, no one’s washing their car, or hosing down sidewalks — and there are fewer leaky pipes. But the moving target also reflects the uncertain future of Cape Town’s water supply as the city enters the rainy season which, so far, hasn’t provided enough rain.

 

Day Zero is when the four million residents of Cape Town will be required to collect daily water rations: less than seven gallons (25 liters) for each person. Cape Town’s water comes almost entirely from rainfall, which is captured and stored in six major reservoirs around the city. But the city is currently in the middle of a three-year drought, so Cape Town’s reservoirs are dangerously low, at slightly more than a fifth of their capacity. That’s even worse than it sounds, since the last 10 percent of the water is hard to get at, like that last bit of liquid soap in a pump bottle.

 

In terms of conservation, “Cape Town has done fantastically in that, mainly because the sight of these empty dams have scared the whatsit out of everybody,” says Peter Johnston, a climate scientist at the University of Cape Town. The city put in place strict water limits; each person is allowed 13 gallons (50 liters) of water per day. For scale, that’s roughly the amount of freshwater that goes down the drain in three or four flushes of an older toilet, according to the USGS. People who use too much could be fined, and may have to agree to install a device that cuts off their supply if they use too much.

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The Theewaterskloof on April 03, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. 

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In Uganda: The Impact of Trump's Gag Rule

 

https://theintercept...-birth-control/

 

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(The Intercept) A HANDFUL OF women clad in brightly colored dresses sat just out of the reach of the sun, focusing their attention on Felicity Lanyero and her presentation on family planning methods. Another woman, often with a baby in tow, joined every few minutes and found a seat among the group. The gathering took place in the yard of Parabongo Health Center, a basic facility down a dirt path in rural northern Uganda.

 

“What is family planning?” an older woman among the group asked aloud.

 

“Family planning is about spacing children. You find someone with five children. She is already busy, and then she becomes pregnant. That’s difficult,” Lanyero answered in Acholi, the local language. The older woman clasped her hands and nodded in agreement.

 

“As for me, I have two children and they are well-spaced. If I walk on the street shaking my butt, what man can resist me?” Lanyero posed, her lecture veering into stand-up to keep the mood light and engaging. She shimmied in front of the women, which sparked a round of laughter. Lanyero continued: “This is 2018. The world is changing. You need to see your children grow older.” In other words, when women become pregnant less often, they are less likely to die in childbirth. Maternal mortality in Uganda is high — 343 women for every 100,000 births in 2015 — and it’s not uncommon for women to have given birth to 10 children.

 

“You are telling the truth. I’m always telling my sisters about this,” piped in 22-year-old Brenda Akwero from the center of the group.

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Ethiopia Already Is the 'China of Africa'

Will Ethiopia become “the China of Africa”? The question often comes up in an economic context: Ethiopia’s growth rate is expected to be 8.5 percent this year, topping China’s projected 6.5 percent. Over the past decade, Ethiopia has averaged about 10 percent growth. Behind those flashy numbers, however, is an undervalued common feature: Both countries feel secure about their pasts and have a definite vision for their futures. Both countries believe that they are destined to be great.

Consider China first. The nation-state, as we know it today, has existed for several thousand years with some form of basic continuity. Most Chinese identify with the historical kingdoms and dynasties they study in school, and the tomb of Confucius in Qufu is a leading tourist attraction. Visitors go there to pay homage to a founder of the China they know.


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African finance leaders to debate China's yuan as a reserve currency

Central bankers and officials from 14 African nations will discuss the viability of using China’s yuan as a reserve currency for the region, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.
Seventeen top central bankers and officials from the region will meet at a forum in Harare to consider the possibility of using the yuan in national reserves, Xinhua said, citing a statement from the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI).
The forum, to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, will be attended by deputy permanent secretaries and deputy central bank governors, as well as officials from the African Development Bank, Xinhua reported.


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Ninth Circuit Sides With Mars in Slave Labor Dispute

 

https://www.courthou...-labor-dispute/

 

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SAN FRANCISCO (Courthouse News) – Candy maker Mars Inc. doesn’t have to disclose that the raw ingredient used to make its candy bars might have been a product of child slave labor, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

 

“In the absence of any affirmative misrepresentations by the manufacturer, we hold that the manufacturers do not have a duty to disclose the labor practices in question, even though they are reprehensible, because they are not physical defects that affect the central function of the chocolate products,” U.S. Circuit Judge A. William Tashima wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.

 

Most of the world’s cocoa bean supply comes from the Ivory Coast, which, according to the International Labor Organization, uses the “the worst forms of child labor” in cocoa bean production. Like many other chocolate manufacturers, Mars sources at least some of its beans from the Ivory Coast, where children labor on cocoa farms using machetes and chemicals to harvest the raw ingredient for chocolate.

 

Some of the children used in the operations were sold by their parents, and others are victims of kidnapping.

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Community Development as if People Matter: Lessons from Nigeria

 

https://nonprofitqua...essons-nigeria/

 

 

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(Nonprofit Quarterly) In the early 1990s, the tale of the Ogoni people—who had seen the Nigerian military government, backed by the oil giant Shell, drive them off the land— became a cause célèbre. In 1995, Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists were executed, framed for inciting violence. Ultimately, in 2009, Shell, while refusing to admit guilt, paid $15.5 million into a settlement fund. Today, the military government is long gone, but conditions for the Ogoni remain poor. Part of the reason, suggests Nigerian researcher Mina Ogbanga, is that basic precepts of “bottom-up” community building, while widely accepted in theory, are only rarely implemented in practice.

 

Since democracy’s return to Nigeria in 1999, the role of nonprofits in Nigeria has grown in importance, as it has in many nations. But the community’s voice is still often missing in action. This is true even as, rhetorically, “community participation” has become a sort of mantra in the wake of the Brundtland Commission report Our Common Future, which popularized the term “sustainability.”

 

In the 1990s, community-based development became known as a robust tool for grassroots mobilization (Narayan, 1995; Uphoff,1996; Korten,1990). Yet top-down approaches continue to dominate in the nongovernmental organization (NGO) world. The Niger Delta region, a coastal oil-producing area in South Nigeria, is an example of this. In the Niger Delta, there are successes, but inclusiveness often is lacking. In particular, efforts have often failed to fully tap the potential and creativity of Nigeria’s youth.

 

Conclusion: In Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia, the surge in nonprofit intervention in the past decades is obvious, but the results have often been less than impressive. The key to changing this is to make the participatory development model, so dominant in theory, equally dominant in practice. The Niger Delta has yet to achieve this level of participatory development, but it may now be poised to do so.


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