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October 1 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Oct 1 2014, 00:27:00

The US$1.7 million that the Swaziland Government has spent on BMW cars for government ministers and top officials is only part of massive spending on motor vehicles in recent years. 

It was revealed at a media conferenceon 22 September 2014 that the Swazi Government had bought 20 new BMW X5 sports utility vehicles.

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September 30 2014

From Timbuktu Chronicles Tue Sep 30 2014, 22:24:00

From Talking Heads:

Yewande Omotose speaks to engineer and educator Dr. G. Ayorkor Korsah about her love of math and science to her deep appreciation of engineering, robotics, algorithms and teaching.

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From Timbuktu Chronicles Tue Sep 30 2014, 22:24:00

From Talking Heads:

Yewande Omotose speaks to engineer and educator Dr. G. Ayorkor Korsah about her love of math and science to her deep appreciation of engineering, robotics, algorithms and teaching.

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From MEI Editor's Blog Tue Sep 30 2014, 22:17:00

 Hafez Makhlouf, cousin of Bashar al-Asad and until recentlyhead of the General Security Directorate's Damascus branch, has now been reported as having moved to Belarus. Besides being a maternal cousin of the President, he is also the brother of Rami Makhlouf, who, as I mentioned the other day, is the richest man in Syria and the moneyman for the regime.

Earlier this month, after reports that Hafez Makhlouf had been fired from his security job circulated, regime sources reported that he had not been fired but promoted from colonel to general, and was in line for a new job. The move to Belarus would suggest that was not the case. Is there dissent within the extended Asad/Makhlouf families?

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From Emergent Africa Tue Sep 30 2014, 21:58:00

BN Poetry Award reports:

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From Emergent Africa Tue Sep 30 2014, 21:17:00

From Another Africa Houghton Kinsman in conversation with Mthabisi Phili:

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From Foreign Policy Tue Sep 30 2014, 20:58:41

In the wake of China's ban on the photo-sharing service, netizens are rushing to download software that lets them scale the Great Firewall.

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From MEI Editor's Blog Tue Sep 30 2014, 20:48:00

Turkey's standoffish approach to the coalition campaign against ISIS appears to be rapidly eroding as the fighting increasingly engages direct Turkish security interests.  The Turkish government has asked the Grand National Assembly (Parliament) to approve possible intervention in both Iraq and Syria, and the government has indicated this could include opening Turkish bases to foreign troops or aircraft; in recent days Turkey has increased troop levels along the border and has deployed tanks on a hill on the border overlooking the ongoing battle at Kobanê, where a huge flow of refugees have already poured into Turkey. Parliament, which is dominated by the ruling AKP, will debate the issue Thursday. But since the reluctant party in Turkey has been the AKP itself, it seems likely ...

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