Unease reigns as culture and the constitution collide in South Africa

Thandabantu Nhlapo, University of Cape Town King Zwelonke Sigcawu, the new king of amaXhosa, the second largest traditional grouping in South Africa, ascends to the throne at a time of heightened tension between culture and constitutional democracy in South Africa. The debate is not new and usually emerges in two distinct clusters of emphasis. The …

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Why thousands of asylum-seekers are fleeing Eritrea and risking their lives in the Mediterranean

Gaim Kibreab, London Southbank University [Republished under a Creative Commons license from The Conversation.] We have become accustomed to headlines about migrants in the Mediterranean. Most recently it was reported that the Italian authorities rescued nearly 7,000 migrants off the coast of Libya over one weekend. Often, tragically, we read instead of thousands drowning. Last …

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Africa News Headlines for 27 April 2015

Southern Africa Looks To Prosper From Rich Coal Resource Source: Canada Free Press Mobile Banking Usage is Very High in Africa Source: LowCards.com Africa Needs to Be Rich – Rather than Green Source: The Global Warming Policy Forum Five Innovations That Will Electrify Africa Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review Omar al-Bashir wins Sudan elections by …

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Africa News Headlines for 25 April 2015

Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers: What U.S. Africa Command Doesn’t Want You To Know Source: MintPress News UN’s Kutesa holds talks with Uganda, Egypt and Somalia Source: New Vision Eritrea: Escape from modern-day Sparta Source: The Telegraph U.S. Embassy issues security alert for Gabon Source: Sub-Saharan Monitor Burundi president nominated for third term Source: KTVL/AP …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 21 May 2014

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa by Howard W. FrenchRelease Date: May 20, 2014Publisher: Knopf An exciting, hugely revealing account of China’s burgeoning presence in Africa—a developing empire already shaping, and reshaping, the future of millions of people. A prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times …

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