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28 March 2017

Uganda's Assistant Inspector General Is the Third Government Official Murdered in As Many Years

After a high ranking police officer is gunned down, Uganda's president has called for the country's police force to be cleaned up, saying it has been "infiltrated by thugs".

27 March 2017

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

Rising Voices

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

24 March 2017

A Century Later, Namibia Demands Justice From Germany for Its First Holocaust

In the early twentieth century, the German Empire committed a holocaust against 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama. A century later, Namibia is fighting for justice.

23 March 2017

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Rising Voices

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

14 March 2017

Africa’s Green Energy Challenge: Mega Projects, Off-Grid or Somewhere in Between?

South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy.

10 March 2017

South Africans Want Their Government's Hands Off Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

South Africa's Minister of State Security announced that his government is contemplating regulating social media to counter false narratives and the spread of fake news.

9 March 2017

Controversial Sentence Highlights Mozambique's Problems Prosecuting Domestic Violence

A high-profile domestic abuse case is making waves in Mozambique, following a controversial sentence against the man who partially blinded a former president's daughter.

7 March 2017

Despite a Military Mutiny, Côte D'Ivoire's Government Says It Is Ready for UN Troop Withdrawal

The question of material demands from the Army has been a recurrent one since Côte d'Ivoire's emergence, in 2011, from a decade of civil war.

6 March 2017

Young South African Woman Living With HIV Decides She's Not Hiding Anymore

Internet users around the world are praising Saidy Brown, the 22-year-old woman in South Africa, who used Twitter last month to publicize that she is HIV positive.

2 March 2017

More Than a Century Later, Ethiopians Are Still Debating Their Victory Against Italian Colonialism

The Battle of Adwa is part of the foundation of Ethiopian history, and that significance to the country's national identity also makes it one of the country's most contested memories.

28 February 2017

South Africans Share Funny Things They Believed While Growing Up

"If someone jumps a leg over you, you won't grow tall unless they unjump you"

26 February 2017

Kenyans Get an Early Start on Their Summer Election Season

Kenyans don't go to the polls until Aug. 8, but election fever is already gripping the country. On Twitter, one trending hashtag is #NotWithMyVote.

25 February 2017

You Can Now Nominate Candidates for the 2017 Kenya Blog Awards

The Kenyan Blog Awards is now taking submissions for this year's ceremony. The call for nominations runs until March 10. Bloggers and fans can submit nominations in several different categories.

New Clashes Over Immigrants Sweep South Africa

South Africa is currently in the midst of another wave of attacks against African immigrants, with crowds shouting xenophobic slogans and looting and burning down businesses and homes.

23 February 2017

Erdogan's Purges Arrive in Angola

Critics say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engineered a police crackdown in Angola on an international private school.

20 February 2017

A Dozen or More Things Tropical Cyclone Dineo Should Have Taken Away From South Africa

"#ThingsDineoShouldTakeWithHer...Corrupt politicians, sure we'll lose 10% of our population but it'll be worth it."

16 February 2017

Netizen Report: In Kenya and Mexico, Citizens Suspect State Manipulation on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

As social manipulation abounds on Twitter, Venezuela blocks more news websites, and Facebook heads to France to fight fake news.

15 February 2017

Kenyan President's #DabChallenge Backfires After Critics Create #DabOfShame

"Kenyans are suffering with this drought and all we are asked to do is dab #DabOfShame"

Kenyan Government Allegedly Pays Social Media Influencers to Promote “GreedyDoctors” Hashtag

Global Voices Advocacy

As allegations of social media manipulation surfaced, seven Kenyan Doctor’s Union officials were jailed for failing to call off an ongoing strike.

10 February 2017

Netizen Report: Internet Shutdowns Return to Iraq, Persist in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

Cameroon's Internet regional shutdown enters its third week, Ukraine prosecutes two men for "separatist" speech on Vkontakte and Algerian lawyers are told to stop using social media.

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