Women in Swaziland risk arrest by wearing "revealing clothes" that violate moral standards, police spokesperson says.Read more »
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Obama officially promotes his plan to pledge $3 billion of taxpayer subsidies to Africa for "food security."Read more »
An encouraging story (by the BBC) about Somaliland - twenty years after declaring itself independant from Somalia. It has a "poor" government and the general population has a "pioneer" attitude very resistant to making their government bigger. This podcast describes several encouraging changes brought about largely through voluntary means, such as the building of a hospital using a retired businesswoman's donated funds and donated land (by government but it is implied that it was not actively being used) that was formerly used to imprison and execute.Read more »
"With the U.S. effectively arming both sides of the conflict, the Somalia fighting could go on … well, forever... the Pentagon is mulling an 'off-shore' strategy for future conflicts, where U.S.Read more »
The American dream is not all it is cut out to be and some Africans are turning their backs on life in the US.Read more »
How was Libya doing under the rule of Gadaffi? How bad did the people have it? Were they oppressed as we now commonly accept as fact? Let us look at the facts for a moment.
Before the chaos erupted, Libya had a lower incarceration rate than the Czech republic. It ranked 61st. Libya had the lowest infant mortality rate of all of Africa. Libya had the highest life expectancy of all of Africa. Less than 5% of the population was undernourished. In response to the rising food prices around the world, the government of Libya abolished ALL taxes on food.Read more »
Among the several changes that are currently taking place in Egypt after the January 25 revolution and the subsequent ouster of the regime is the release of several books previously banned during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of books that were banned during the time of Mubarak for their criticism of the regime are currently available, said Essam, a bookstore owner.Read more »
"Organizations like the United Nations & the World Bank say the practice...could help feed the growing global population by introducing large-scale commercial farming to places without it. But others condemn the deals as neocolonial land grabs that destroy villages, uproot tens of thousands of farmers and create a volatile mass of landless poor. Making matters worse...much of the food is bound for wealthier nations."Read more »
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex.Read more »
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