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October 21 2014

From Africa in Transition Tue Oct 21 2014, 14:58:09

Ebola and Marburg are both hemorrhagic fevers and belong to the same family of viruses. The hosts for both are...

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Oct 21 2014, 14:27:13

I am asked on a regular basis, on campus and off, a question I assume is posed to many scholars of Africa, especially non-African ones like me: "What made you decide to teach African history?" And whether I give the long or short answer, my reply always begins with explaining the pivotal role Ali Mazrui [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Oct 21 2014, 13:01:32

South Africa TV will soon debut "Real Housewives of Johannesburg." If that's not enough, in other news, the country's first School of Etiquette is now open in one of Johannesburg's rich northern suburbs. The owner of the Etiquette School, Courtney Carey, has been doing the media rounds. Much of the coverage, is not surprisingly, soft [...]

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From Congo Siasa Tue Oct 21 2014, 12:18:00

Over the past month, over 80 civilians have been killed in Beni territory of North Kivu, civil society organizations report. Most point the finger at the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels, who have been based in this area--their main redoubt was in the Ruwenzori mountains along the border with Uganda--since 1995. The attacks have displaced over 30,000 people, according to a United Nations source, and many of the victims, including young children, were hacked to death with machetes and hatchets.

This is by far the worst spate of violence in recent months in the Congo--for comparison, during the nineteen months of the M23 rebellion, the UN reported 116 fatalities at the hands of those rebels. And yet, many questions remain about these recent killings.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Tue Oct 21 2014, 11:30:51

Asked in 2010 if oil companies were right to make deals with the world's despots and dictators, Christophe de Margerie, the boss of Total who died in a plane crash in Russia Monday night, gave a typically unequivocal answer: "bloody right."

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From Congo Siasa Tue Oct 21 2014, 10:20:00

We're back! 

After ten months of absence, Congo Siasa is opening its doors again today. Over the coming months, you will notice some changes to the layout and content of the blog. Besides your usual prattle about Congolese politics, these new features will include:

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From Emergent Africa Tue Oct 21 2014, 08:54:00

In Africa is a Country Sisonke Msimang writes:

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From Swazi Media Commentary Tue Oct 21 2014, 08:27:00

A video in support of two jailed Swaziland journalist has been released as part of a new social media campaign to draw attention to human rights failings in the kingdom.

As a start #swazijustice is focussing on the case of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko, who were jailed for two years for writing and publishing articles in the Nation magazine critical of the Swazi judiciary.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Oct 21 2014, 04:00:55

There is one photograph (above) of the late Thabiso Sekgala's that always reminds me of home. It is of lavender jacarandas lining a country road, paling a little from the brown dust and weak winter sun. The haze of purple is just past its prime, and the blossoms' fresh hopes are waning. Squat one-or two room [...]

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Tue Oct 21 2014, 03:22:04

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day of last year and to three years suspended for a firearms offence.

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