Fidel Castro: troubled legacy in the Horn of Africa

Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study In southern Africa, Fidel Castro is almost universally seen as a hero. After all it is the Cuban leader who sent his forces to Angola to halt apartheid South Africa. What southern Africans would easily forget is that Cuban troops were sent to many other African conflicts with mixed …

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New narrative unfolds about South Africa’s war in Angola

Dries Velthuizen, University of South Africa The book A Far-Away War: Angola 1975 – 1989, about the war waged by apartheid South Africa against its neighbour, has attracted the attention of historians and those who fought in it. More than a quarter of a century after it ended, the war is still remembered by many …

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Africa News Headlines for 18 August 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. Gabon’s President Offers Some of His Wealth ‘to the People’ Source: The New York Times Maximise AGOA opportunities, US urges African countries Source: The Nation South African cabinet approves internet censorship bill Source: Telecompaper Is Eritrea the North Korea of …

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South Africa needs a new way to address the doctor shortage

Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Millions of South Africans are missing out on basic health care because of a skewed system that fails to make use of all the country’s skilled health professionals. It is public knowledge that there are not enough doctors in the South African public health system. For every 1000 …

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Africa News Headlines for 13 March 2015

First successful penis transplant performed in South Africa Source: UPI Gauteng man gang raped by three women, used as sex slave Source: Times Live Botswana: Three arrested for cyber porn material Source: StarAfrica First time in 2 decades a lion spotted in Gabon Source: Malay Mail/Reuters Africa must spurn Cuba’s aid offer Source: BD Live …

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