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July 30 2014

From *iHub_ Wed Jul 30 2014, 00:03:33

First Pan-African Women in Tech Meetup Working in technology can, at times, be an isolating experience for women, especially in Africa. The impact of this can limit women's professional growth in the sector. Women need mentors, role-models and a network to share their experiences, challenges and skills. Some Women in Technology clubs exist already, but [...]

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July 29 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Tue Jul 29 2014, 22:59:55

A stampede during a rap concert on a Conakry beach has left at least 24 people dead, Guinean hospital officials said on Tuesday.

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From AfriPOP! Tue Jul 29 2014, 22:44:12

Hafeez Yaroson, whose stage name is Highness Hafeez, is a fairly new artist from Nigeria, currently under the Studio Magic imprint. Hoping to make his mark in the vast musical landscape of his native country and abroad, Hafeez has released a remarkable video for his equally audacious if not aggressive single, "Waye Babanka." Featured in the song-- whose title reportedly means who is your daddy?--is rapper and singer Morell. The [...]

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From AfriPOP! Tue Jul 29 2014, 22:34:10

The video took about six months to get here! Gino Brown is an up and comer in the South African house scene and was the first South African artist to be signed to American DJ Harrison Crump's Hump Records. He has released a few songs of his own before and continues forge a solo career as not just a DJ but as a producer as well. At the very beginning [...]

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From MEI Editor's Blog Tue Jul 29 2014, 22:25:00

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinc has provoked a bit of a storm over remarks made at a Bayram event yesterday in which he said women should be chaste and modest and -- the remark that set off an Internet storm --should not laugh out loud in public.

Quoting the (anti-AKP) Hurriyet Daily News:

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From AfriPOP! Tue Jul 29 2014, 22:20:50

Just A Band has enlisted the help of their incredible network of friends to (finally) create a video that is as sanguine as their track "Probably For Lovers." Or perhaps, having grown increasingly impatient with the delay, their friends bandied together and shot a series of videos that were eventually edited together. "Probably for Lovers" is from their 2012 album Sorry for the Delay. The montage features several performers and [...]

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From Foreign Policy Tue Jul 29 2014, 21:27:05

How China's once-feared top security chief Zhou Yongkang became just a sad old man.

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From Foreign Policy Tue Jul 29 2014, 20:47:46

China reacts to the downfall of its once-powerful security czar.

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From Shadow and Act Tue Jul 29 2014, 20:47:40

A year ago, we alerted you to a Vanessa del Rio biopic that was in development at the time, titled "The Amazing Life of Vanessa del Rio," which the producers described as "Boogie Nights" meets "Taxi Driver." The movie will chronicle the porn star's career set against the backdrop of NYC's then gritty organized crime-controlled Times Square, during the tumultuous 1970s & 1980s. To be directed by Thomas Mignone, best known for his previous feature film "On The Doll," starring Brittany Snow and James Russo, as well as several award-winning music videos for bands...

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Tue Jul 29 2014, 20:23:00

The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington published in July 2014 a series of essays titled "Africa in the Wider World" edited by Richard Downie. 

The document contains short essays on the following topics:

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