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October 16 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Oct 16 2014, 05:40:09

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters on Thursday, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week, but continued street scuffles suggest the students are not about to give up.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 16 2014, 05:00:30

As member of the hip-hop quartet Ba4za, Hakeem Lesolang presided over one of the most fertile yet under-appreciated eras in South African hip-hop. Capcity Rapcity as it was referred to by the bundles of heads scattered across Mzansi, fed our collective appetites the fuzzy memories of yester-year hip-hop through a steady stream of boom-bap rap [...]

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Oct 16 2014, 04:18:47

French health officials on Thursday said screening measures for Ebola among passengers arriving from Guinea, one of the main West African countries affected by the disease, would start at a Paris airport on Saturday.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Oct 16 2014, 02:55:47

The United Nations will elect five new non-permanent members to its powerful Security Council on Thursday, with Turkey, Spain and New Zealand vying for two seats in one category.

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October 15 2014

From Zambian Economist Wed Oct 15 2014, 18:05:00

Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda last week delivered the Budget Statement 2015. As the Post newspaper already revealed, government is reducing its share in ZCCM-IH to 60%. Chikwanda also appeared to signal that the contentious VAT rule is here to stay. The big one of course is the redesign of the tax regime for mining operations by replacing the current two tier system with the following mining tax structure:

(a) 8 percent Mineral Royalty for underground mining operations as a final tax;

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Oct 15 2014, 16:56:13

The Islamic State (IS) group "has made substantial gains in Iraq" despite US-led airstrikes against the Islamic militants, Washington's envoy to the international coalition fighting the jihadist organisation warned Wednesday.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Oct 15 2014, 15:37:32

A few years ago, Belgium famously went 589 days without a government. Its new ruling coalition, which includes Flemish separatists and alleged far-right sympathizers, looks unlikely to last that long.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 15 2014, 14:25:51

It is the 27th anniversary of the death of Thomas Sankara, and once again we mark the passing of one of the great leaders of the Twentieth Century. Sankara was a Marxist revolutionary in the last years of the Cold War, a Pan-Africanist when the Pan-African project was at its lowest ebb, a committed feminist long before [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 15 2014, 13:13:48

DJ Lewis recently released a "Stop Ebola" song and video that reminds me of "Grippe Aviaire", a song he released during the global Bird Flu pandemic some years ago: As I mentioned in my Cultural Anthropology contribution, "Grippe Aviaire" was more making fun of the disease, with a popular dance mocking the bird's behavior more than trying to be educational [...]

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Oct 15 2014, 13:07:50

France and the EU were set for a pivotal showdown Wednesday that could see Paris face a humiliating rejection of its budget proposals over its failure to tackle the country's sky-high debt.

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