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More Complete Story Needed Behind South African Xenophobia

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on May 26, 2015

Protestors take part in an anti-xenophobic march in South Africa last month. More can be found on BBC.com

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Protestors take part in an anti-xenophobic march in South Africa in May.

Today a country once separated by Apartheid has become the center stage of xenophobia. The headlines have been filled daily with the ongoing killing of foreigners in South Africa.

When we think of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s strength and fight for freedom is what comes to mind. This contributed in making South Africa the nation that it is today.

But now we see South Africa becoming the nation killing their own neighbors.

For those who do not know, the actual definition of xenophobia is “the intense fear or dislike of a person from another country.”

For 50 years, South Africa was under an all-white government which ruled the nation by implementing a segregation rule to separate blacks from whites.…

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A Rundown of Upcoming African Elections

By Sarah Crozier on May 15, 2015

From the Electoral Commision of Nambia. 
Nambia was the first African nation to use electronic voting machines in its November 2014 Presidential Elections.
Sarah Crozier | Africa Agenda

From the Electoral Commision of Nambia.
Nambia was the first African nation to use electronic voting machines in its November 2014 Presidential Elections.

Here is a quick summary of some of the elections happening across the African continent in 2015. For a full list, click here.

 

Country:

Benin

Election:

Members for the National Assembly (April 2015)

Why it Matters:

Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi has said that he will not seek a third term when his current time in office ends in 2016. However, a major constitutional reform proposition is to take the two-term limit off the table, potentially giving Yayi the ability to run again.…

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A New Round of Predictions for Africa

By Sarah Crozier on May 4, 2015

Pardee Center "Power and Influence in Africa" video, which uses predictive software to compare rising African states.
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Pardee Center “Power and Influence in Africa” video, which uses predictive software to compare rising African states.

The World Bank has published its 2015-16 growth projections for the African continent, citing declining oil and commodity prices as the reason for a slowdown in gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the next year.

The Africa’s Pulse Report notes that continent-wide, GDP growth will slow to four percent from an average of 4.5 percent in 2014. However, this is a slower decline than originally predicted, noting that commodity based economies are not the “kiss of death” previously thought. Only two economies are predicted to contract over the next two years, according to International Monetary Fund reports.…

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At DU, AU Ambassador espouses “Africa Rising” story

By George Bamu on April 28, 2015

Ambassador Amina Ali, speaking at University of Denver Korbel School, March 24

 

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Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, speaking at University of Denver Korbel School, March 24

It is believed that the transformation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)  into the African Union  in 2001 has brought many benefits for the African continent.

With the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the continent now estimated at about $1.7 trillion, a population over a billion people, and projected to reach two billion by 2025, the dynamics and cross-connections between its growth and development agenda cannot be underestimated.

Now undertaking a so-called Agenda 2063, the AU’s Permanent Representative to the United States, Ambassador Amina Ali, says the organization’s goals for the next 50 years call for it to be a much stronger institution whose long-term plan is for “one government, one economy and one political system for all of Africa.”

Speaking at the University of Denver(DU) Josef Korbel School of International Studies on March 24, the ambassador said the AU is moving “step-by-step” towards achieving this goal.…

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What’s the greatest threat to press freedom?

By Africa Agenda on April 25, 2015

World Press Freedom Day_CIMCN-Africa Agenda event
CITIZEFOUR Film

World Press Freedom Day in Denver

In honor of World Press Freedom Day, Africa Agenda and the Colorado International Media and Communication Network invite you to a special screening of the documentary film CitizenFour, followed by a discussion and reception.

Citizenfour is a 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras concerning Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal.

Please join us at the Posner Center on SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015, 4.30 PM

Share your thoughts on “What’s the greatest threat to press freedom?”

We hope you’ll join us to recognize the contributions of journalists and bloggers around the world as well as the importance to internet freedom as a foundation for international development.…

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