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African press review 20 January 2017

Another call for the sacking of Pravin Gordhan, South Africa's finance minister, for his alleged failure to transform the ailing national carrier, South African Airways. Zimbabwe is facing a serious shortfall in tax income. East African economies are likely to come under severe pressure this year. And the strike by hospital doctors in Kenya continues.

It’s Journalism’s Job to Save Civics

In early December, I spoke at the inaugural conference on Constructive Journalism hosted at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The conference is the brainchild of my friend Cathrine Gyldensted, who has been developing the powerful idea that … Continue reading ?

The Gambia: Who Is Left in Yahya Jammeh’s Cabinet?

Today, the Gambia’s internationally recognized president, Adama Barrow, took the oath of office at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent, non-recognized president, Yayha Jammeh, remains in power in the Gambia. But Jammeh is quickly losing the support of … Continue reading ?

Gambia: Will swearing in of president-elect at Dakar embassy be legal?

Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow is expected to be sworn-in to office on Thursday at the Gambian embassy in the Senegalese capital Dakar, according to a spokesperson. The inauguration had been expected to take place in the Gambian...Show More Summary

Mali’s Mixed Patrols and Yesterday’s Gao Suicide Bombing

Yesterday saw a tragic suicide bombing – the deadliest in Mali’s history – in the northern city of Gao. The bombing targeted a camp housing forces in Gao’s new mixed patrols. I analyze the patrols and their significance in this … Continue reading ?

Islam Mosa's Ultra-small, Ultra-thin Supercapacitor Cardic Pacemaker

UConn Today reports: A UConn graduate student is developing a new micro-scale power source that is significantly smaller and more efficient than the batteries currently used in most cardiac pacemakers today. Working under the tutelage of chemistry professors James Rusling and Challa Kumar, Ph.D. Show More Summary

African press review 19 January 2017

The Gambia crisis makes the headlines in several countries, and in Kenya, more on the upcoming elections.

Pro-independence Anglophone group defies Cameroon government ban

The secessionist Southern Cameroons National Council on Wednesday rejected a ban put in place by the Cameroonian authorities with the head of the group saying the ban did not apply to them because they do not recognise the government’s authority. Show More Summary

Moringa invests in Benin's cashew exporter

Africa Global Funds (AGF) reports: Moringa SICAR, a €84m investment vehicle for agroforestry projects with high environmental and social impacts, has invested an undisclosed amount in Tolaro Global, a cashew kernels processor and exporter in Benin. Show More Summary

France weighs UN sanctions regime for Mali

France is considering a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali to target opponents of the June 2015 peace deal signed between the Malian government and rebels, the ambassador said on Tuesday.

The Situation in Gambia on Inauguration Eve

Tomorrow is the Gambia’s inauguration day, and it is clear that incumbent President Yahya Jammeh has no plans to step down. Jammeh initially recognized the results of the December 1 election and conceded to opposition candidate Adama Barrow, but then … Continue reading ?

African press review 18 January 2017

Gambia's state of emergency, the doctors' strike in Kenya and land distribution in South Africa make the headlines this morning.

Off-Road Dirt Track Racing from RoadX #Nigeria

The racing space continues to grow in Nigeria, Tech Sledge reports: Auto race track challenges and competitions are rarely seen in Nigeria. Against the backdrop of this, a new Sports League Team of automobile enthusiasts and dirt road racers have successfully launched in Nigeria. Show More Summary

Gambia's president-elect could be sworn-in outside Banjul, says Nigerian foreign minister

The inauguration for Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow may take place outside of the capital Banjul as President Yahya Jammeh continues to refuse to leave office, according to Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama. Barrow is...Show More Summary

Rising stars of 2017: chef Lopè Ariyo

In the Guardian:Lopè Ariyo’s fusion of English and Nigerian dishes could be the key to bringing African cuisine to the UK mainstreamMore here

Recent Fighting in Benghazi Between Khalifa Haftar’s LNA and the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shura Council

The eastern Libyan city of Benghazi is the site of an ongoing battle with wider ramifications for Libya’s future. On the one side are the anti-Islamist leader Khalifa Haftar and his would-be Libyan National Army (LNA). On the other side is an … Continue reading ?

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