Rex Tillerson: Remarks at the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson delivered these remarks at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Friday, November 17, 2017. The occasion was a gathering of about three dozen African foreign ministers or their designated representatives. Thank you. And good morning, everyone. It really is my honor to welcome all of you to …

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Africa and Asia lead in proportion of blind adults

By Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the highest percentage of blind older people worldwide, a study says. The study published in the Lancet Global Health on 2 August shows that blindness affects 36 million people globally, with developing countries bearing the greatest burden. Kovin Naidoo, a co-author of the study and …

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Gabon’s political force is its thriving hip-hop scene

Alice Aterianus-Owanga, University of Lausanne In Gabon as in other African states, rap has become instrumental in constructing political identity. On August 17, Gabon celebrated 57 years of independence with a massive free concert in the capital, Libreville. The aim: to promote national unity in a festive fashion. An impressive lineup of local hip-hop stars …

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Sierra Leone mudslide was a preventable man-made tragedy

Joseph Macarthy, Njala University Sierra Leone is still reeling from the effects of a mudslide that killed nearly 1 000 people, left hundreds missing and rendered thousands homeless. After about five hours of heavy rainfall, the mudslide came down Mount Sugar-Loaf and almost wiped out Mortome. This is a relatively new settlement which emerged as …

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The Epic Boom and Bust of the Ostrich Feather Market

by Kelly Jensen Kelly Jensen Digital Collections Specialist, California Academy of Sciences, gives one of five Shift Ignite talks earlier this year at the Shift Forum. A fascinating tale of tulip-mania (but with feathers!), this five-minute Ignite talk reminds us all what happens when social behaviors rapidly change. Kelly Jensen: Hi, I’m Kelly Jensen. I’m …

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