African Leaders Speak at UN General Assembly (Part 1)

The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly convened earlier this week. As noted on the UN web site, “The annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly is the occasion for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues.” The theme of the general debate this year is “Focusing …

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When Women Are Free, Economies Thrive

by Chelsea Follett A bizarre column in Australia’s Daily Telegraph last month argued that it should be illegal to be a stay-at-home mom. The piece was met with ridicule, and rightly so. Women should be free to make their own choices about family and career. Fortunately, no country actually bans a woman’s choice to be a …

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Africa’s border disputes are set to rise – but there are ways to stop them

Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. African national borders are afflicted by a multitude of troubles that …

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Africa News Headlines for 19 February 2015

Cannes: ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako to Head Student, Short Films Jury Source: The Hollywood Reporter Earnings from mobile money in sub-Saharan Africa to hit $1.5 billion Source: The Guardian Nigeria “Morocco’s anti-extremism strategy a model to follow” Source: Z News Fake South African cops arrested in Botswana Source: Times Live Lungu urges envoys to strengthen …

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From the Archives: ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako Speaks at the Virginia Film Festival [Video]

Last month the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) nominated Timbuktu for the best foreign language film Oscar. Timbuktu is the first Mauritanian movie to receive a nomination from the Academy and one of only a handful of African films to be so honored. In 1976, Black and White in Color, submitted by …

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