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November 17 2014

From Africa is a Country Mon Nov 17 2014, 08:00:12

Why is the discussion surrounding Zwarte Piet getting far less traction in Belgium than it does in the Netherlands? For me, it boils down to one issue: racism in Belgium is endemic, and it is not taken seriously. Few are talking, and even fewer are listening. The discussions on Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands have [...]

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From Africa is a Country Mon Nov 17 2014, 06:00:07

Over the past few years, artists like Michael Soi and Cyrus Kabiru placed Kenya on the global visual arts map. The first Kenya Art Fair is part of this move. From November 6 - 9, 2014, the Sarit Center Exhibition Hall in Nairobi's Westlands area was the epicentre of this vibrant art fair. Organized by [...]

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Mon Nov 17 2014, 04:25:24

French media on Monday reported that two Frenchmen were believed to be among a group of executioners in a new Islamic State group video that shows the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig and other victims said to be Syrian soldiers.

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From Africa is a Country Mon Nov 17 2014, 04:00:23

Someone told me that interviewing a punk band from Soweto-an urban settlement, the country's largest, created in the 1930s to separate blacks from whites in Johannesburg, South Africa-is a stupid idea. "Black people playing punk? Is it mixed with kwaito or what?" I tried to explain that the ever-mutating punk mind-set is apt for anyone [...]

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Mon Nov 17 2014, 01:30:59

Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, falling at an annualised 1.6 percent rate after plunging 7.3 percent in the second quarter following a rise in the national sales tax that undercut consumer spending.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Mon Nov 17 2014, 01:14:23

Officials in Burkina Faso on Monday named veteran diplomat Michel Kafando (pictured right) as transitional president in a key step towards returning the West African country to democracy.

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November 16 2014

From Africa is a Country Sun Nov 16 2014, 22:30:05

This was the week ... * We launched Latin America is a Country. (Had to get the PR out of the way first). * It turns out African NGOs receive only 4% of the $3 billion of Gates Foundation money earmarked to end hunger-the rest is spent in rich countries. * Kim Kardasian broke our [...]

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Nov 16 2014, 16:36:15

Romania's prime minister conceded defeat on Sunday in an extremely close presidential runoff to an ethnic German Transylvanian mayor.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Sun Nov 16 2014, 15:28:16

President Barack Obama on Sunday confirmed the death of American hostage Peter Kassig, saying the aid worker was killed "in an act of pure evil" by Islamic State militants.

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From Africa is a Country Sun Nov 16 2014, 10:00:05

Finally, there were these two music videos by some of our favorite artists Somi and M.anifest which definitely set a standard about what we expect from a music video. Step your game up

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