Ugandas brutal treatment of MPs is enabled by global indifference | Robert Amsterdam

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MPs including the Afropop musician turned politician Bobi Wine are allegedly being tortured. The Magnitsky Act can curb this shocking abuse, says lawyer Robert Amsterdam In a country with such a complex and often conflict-prone history, acts of political violence and intimidation are common enough to be unremarkable. But this past week in Uganda has […]

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Chinas Vast Intercontinental Building Plan Is Gaining Momentum

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Here’s a Quicktake on what Xi describes as the ‘project of the century’ The program isn’t without controversy: debt began operations last year, allowing crude supplies from the Middle East and Africa to reach China faster as shipments no longer need to be transported through the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea. The […]

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Tributes paid to South African musician and activist Hugh Masekela

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Father of South African jazz, who had career spanning more than five decades, dies aged 78 Tributes paid to South African musician and activist Hugh Masekela Father of South African jazz, who had career spanning more than five decades, dies aged 78 Hugh Masekela obituary: jazz pioneer who fought the evil of apartheid Jason Burke […]

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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

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Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the […]

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Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet

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WWF report finds 60% of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets which put huge strain on Earths resources The ongoing global appetite for meat is having a devastating impact on the environment driven by the production of crop-based feed for animals, a new report has warned. The vast scale of growing crops such […]

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Trump praises health care of Nambia, a nonexistent African country

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(CNN)President Donald Trump lavished praise on the health care system of Nambia during a speech at the United Nations. But there’s one little problem — there’s no such country. Trump mentioned Nambia twice during the session attended by leaders of several nations, including Ghana, Namibia and Uganda. Nambia aside, Trump also applauded the continent’s economic […]

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

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International projects helped turn a rich and fertile Tanzanian valley into vast tracts of farmland, teak forests and sugar plantations The long road from Dar es Salaam brings you through sparsely wooded hills and fields to the narrow northern neck of the Kilombero valley. Theres a bend in the road, then the land opens out, […]

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Somalia back online after entire country cut off from internet for three weeks

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Internet providers attributed the nation-wide outage to a commercial ship that they said cut an undersea cable Somalias internet has returned after an outage of more than three weeks cost the Horn of Africa nation about $10m a day. Hormuud Telecom, the countrys largest telecom company, announced the restoration of service in a message to […]

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