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September 1 2014

From Shadow and Act Mon Sep 1 2014, 12:36:26

Thinking about Sergio's box office post yesterday, on the lackluster critical and commercial successes of this summer's movie season - one that's on its tail-end - a few things came to me, as we enter what is typically a period when the studios showcase their best work. It's maybe not much of a surprise that the summer movie release I enjoyed and appreciated the most wasn't exactly your typical summer movie: not the expected loud, action-adventure, weighed down by oodles of computer generated effects that overshadow any real character development and even coherent, engaging story. Like the sugary, fatty snacks we love to eat, that aren't necessarily good for us, but quench some immediate...

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From The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn Mon Sep 1 2014, 12:28:00

Somalia on 28 August 2014 instituted proceedings against Kenya before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with regard to a dispute concerning maritime delimitation in the Indian Ocean.  The ICJ press release states that Somalia contends the two countries disagree about the location of the maritime boundary in the area where their maritime entitlements overlap.  Somalia asked the ICJ to determine, on the basis of international law, the complete course of the maritime boundary dividing all the maritime areas pertaining to Somalia and Kenya in the Indian Ocean.  Somalia's 17-page application with sketch maps is available on the ICJ website.

Driving this application is Kenya's designation of oil blocks in Indian Ocean waters claimed by Somalia.  It is a credit to ...

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From Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri Kubuitsile Mon Sep 1 2014, 12:05:00

 If you're going to be in Nairobi during the Storymoja Festival, don't miss the masterclass on writing fiction for teens I'll be co-teaching with Monity Odera.

 With sales up 24 percent, the fastest-growing market for publishers are young adult books." - CBS Evening News 8 December 2013

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Sep 1 2014, 11:50:05

The grotesque coupling of solidarity with Palestine and anti-Jewish invective seems to have forged a politically correct form of anti-Semitism that is drowning out legitimate criticism of Israel's policies in Gaza. Why does Israel's controversial behavior, unlike that of other countries, call into question its right to exist?

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Mon Sep 1 2014, 11:47:29

Paris police have arrested three men they caught in the act of hunting hedgehogs destined for the pot.

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From African Arguments Mon Sep 1 2014, 11:38:28

In recent months, the UK government has worked closely with the Somali community on the issue of remittances.  I understand the levels of anxiety in the community, as a result of changes to banking arrangements for key Somali MSBs and the fragility of many peoples' situation in Somalia. Since coming into my new Ministerial role earlier this year, I have made sure that the government is doing what it can to ensure remittances continue to flow through accessible, secure channels from the UK to all regions in the world, including Somalia. At a number of community meetings over the last month, government officials have listened to your concerns and given you more information about the work we are doing. The issue is complex and international.  Across the world, banks have been ...

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From The Africa Chronicles Mon Sep 1 2014, 11:28:00

Nigeria's wealthiest woman, Folorunsho Alakija, has disclosed that she did not attend a University, insisting that a formal education is not a requisite for success in life.

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From ThinkProgress Mon Sep 1 2014, 11:13:23

"I can't think of a problem in society that can't be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, and it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf."

The post Conservatives Protest Labor Day By Staging A Work-In appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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From IT News Africa news alert Mon Sep 1 2014, 10:37:41

Seven hundred learners have benefitted from the latest round of computer training provided in partnership with MTN, through the "Educate a Child, Build a Nation" initiative in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Local and expatriate learners were part of the third phase of the training session, held this past weekend. The session was held in

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From Face of Malawi Mon Sep 1 2014, 10:35:25

South African President Jacob Zuma would like Jesus to return to earth to cleanse everybody's sins. A visibly tired Zuma shared his

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