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· August, 2012

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from August, 2012

24 August 2012

Angolan Tourists Spend Big Bucks in Portugal

'Little by little we see Angolan money starting to dominate businesses and the economic sectors in Portugal.' According to a netizen this is in stark contrast to 70% of Angola's...

Kenyan Blogger Detained Over Controversial Tweets

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Blogger Erik Hersman uses Voltaire's quote to explain his support for Alai...

Zambia: President’s Salary Secretly Hiked Twice in Three Months

Earlier this year Zambian President Michael Sata’s salary was discreetly increased by nearly 100 per cent together with those of other constitution office holders. No media organisation picked up the...

Tanzania, Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi ‘Tweets’ from Grave

"@zittokabwe please be better than I was. Not fun up here I am preparing 2 pay for some of this." A post-death tweet from Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to...

22 August 2012

Benin: Fear and Loathing as State of Emergency is Declared

Mauritania: Landslides Leave Residents Homeless

Landslides resulting from recent heavy rain left hundreds of families homeless in different parts of Mauritania at the end of July. After destroying their homes, the landslides left hundreds of...

21 August 2012

Ethiopia: Rage and Sorrow as Meles Zenawi's Death Confirmed

The official confirmation of the death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minster, has stirred both rage and sorrow online. Zenawi disappeared from public view immediately after the G20 meeting in...

Africa: Time for a Male Circumcision-Driven HIV Policy in Africa?

After overcoming much skepticism, the idea that circumcision is an effective measure in reducing HIV transmission is now globally accepted by the health professionals community and the general public. Experts...

Togo: Police Clashes with Thousand of Protesters in Lomé

Environmentalist Ex-NBA Star Visits Kenya on Anti-Poaching Tour

Since retiring from the National Basketball Association a year ago, Chinese star Yao Ming has become a committed environmentalist, working with WildAid. His most recent visit was to Kenya to...

South Africa: ‘Apartheid Era’ Police Brutality at Mine Massacre

"16th of August 2012 will go down in South African history as the new Sharpeville. 45 dead because police and the South African government cannot handle an independent union movement."...

Guinea-Bissau: “Our Culture” in Photos

Zimbabwe: Politician Lashes Out at Zuma Snub

“Anyone who undermines the Supreme Court by making a deter­mination on a pending issue is vio­lating Zimbabwe’s laws and Consti­tution,” says Zimbabwe's Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara after the SADC-appointed...

20 August 2012

Senegal: SunuCause, a Blogger-Driven Humanitarian Project

The team of bloggers that created the Sunu2012 project earlier this year to monitor the Senegalese presidential elections has launched a new collaborative online project called SunuCause. The objective of...

18 August 2012

Togo: Is Your Mobile Phone Tapped ?

Madagascar: Neglecting Endemic Medicinal Plants at Its Own Peril

Cameroon: Contesting Magazine's “Failed States” Report

Ethiopia: Powerful and Political Church Patriarch Dies

The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Abune Paulos, has died aged 76. Abune Paulos, spent the last two decades as the sole figure of the popular Ethiopian Orthodox...

16 August 2012

Uganda: Anonymous Backs Gay Pride, Hacks Government Websites

"Hacking government websites to “help” victims of state-sponsored homophobia? Who does that? I think this extremist violent intervention MUST STOP." - Ugandan gay rights activist.