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Can Israel be accepted throughout the African Continent?


Many African countries had gained their independence and were liberated early in the 1960s, as the prevailing temperament for all Africans at that time was against colonisation. The reason why it was difficult to build good diplomatic relations with Israel, as well as the Arab states to support African countries in resisting the colonised powers, was the effect that racial segregation had upon them, including the official stance of the West towards such segregation.

All above reasons had helped in the reduction of Israeli political representation on the African continent.

However, the hostile behavior towards Israel and western countries suddenly changed when the Arab states changed their attitude towards the Zionist Entity.

American President George Bush, Snr at that time called for the…

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Liberia’s Role on the African Continent: A Historical Perspective


By Professor Augustine Konneh, PhD, Dean of Graduate School, A.M.E. University

At the African Union’s (AU) Summit that just ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a statue of Ethiopia’s late Emperor, Haile Selassie, was unveiled outside of the organization’s headquarters. The rationale for the statue is to honor Emperor Selassie and Ethiopia’s contributions to the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union), and the broader project of regional integration on the African Continent. Prior to this, a statue of the late President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana was also unveiled at the AU’s Headquarters. Like Emperor Selassie, the statue was intended to honor his and Ghana’s contribution to the establishment of the OAU, and the quest for regional integration in Africa….

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New dinosaur with heart-shaped tail provides evolutionary clues for African continent


IMAGE: This is an illustration depicting Mnyamawamtuka in its environmental setting.
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Credit: Mark Witton

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 13, 2018) — A new dinosaur that wears its “heart” on its tail provides new clues to how ecosystems evolved on the African continent during the Cretaceous period according to researchers at Ohio University.

The OHIO team identified and named the new species of dinosaur in an article published this week in PLOS ONE. The new dinosaur, the third now described from southwestern Tanzania by the NSF-funded team, is yet another member of the large, long-necked titanosaur sauropods. The partial skeleton was recovered from Cretaceous-age (~100 million years ago) rocks exposed in a cliff surface in the western branch of the great East African…

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As Angola decriminalizes homosexuality, where does the African continent stand? | Africa | DW


Angola has decriminalized homosexuality — 133 years after the passage banning same-sex relations was included in the country’s penal code when the southwest African nation was still a Portuguese colony. The so-called “vices against nature” provision in its law could send same-sex couples to prison.

Parliamentarians who voted to overhaul Angola’s criminal statue books didn’t just remove the passage. They also banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The reform has been hailed by human rights activists who have been pushing for equal rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Angola and other African countries.

Hate crimes still rampant

“Associacao Iris Angola,” an organization advocating for LGBT rights which was founded in 2013, had already…

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African continent ‘an example of solidarity’ towards migrants and refugees: UN chief


The UN chief is in the Ethiopian capital to attend the annual African Union summit, which brings together Heads of State from across the continent. This year’s event, which begins on Sunday, will focus on the issue of refugees and internally displaced persons.

Mr. Guterres, who spent 10 years as the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, before taking up his position at the head of the organization, said that, in Africa, borders are open for refugees, and that the continent is in the leadership when it comes to addressing migration flows.

The UN chief pointed out that, contrary to popular perception, there are more African migrants in other African countries than in Europe, and migration has been dealt with in a much more humane way. Mr. Guterres appealed for the UN’s global compacts on

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Terrorism on the African continent


The Horn of Africa once again rocked by deadly violence.

On Monday, at least 12 people were killed when a bomb exploded at a crowded shopping mall in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.  The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Somalia’s homegrown terrorist group has also been unleashing violence in neighboring Kenya.  Just last month, gunmen stormed the luxury Dusit D2 Hotel, in an assault that left more than 20 dead.

Despite attempts by African Union and American forces to contain the militant groups, a recent surge in violence shows that Boko Haram and Al Shabaab still remain a serious threat to the continent.

To discuss:

  • Akinola Olojo is a senior researcher in transnational threats and international crime at the Institute for Security Studies.
  • Mary…

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