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· June, 2015

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from June, 2015

16 June 2015

Candlelight Vigil for the 23 Victims of Boko Haram Suicide Bombings in Chad

Zambia's Government Plans to Buy Police Cars That Cost Half a Million Dollars Each

"[D]o these vehicles refuel themselves, do they also stop crime on their own..are they automated cops?"

15 June 2015

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Advox

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Human Rights Activist Begins Hunger Strike for Migrants in Front of Macedonian Parliament

13 June 2015

Djibouti: At the Heart of the Fight Against Islamic Extremism in the Horn of Africa

Regional instability is a weight around strategically-located Djibouti's neck. But it is also a key source of income for the impoverished country.

Will Topless Women Save Kenya's Tourism Industry?

Urban Farming Is Booming in the US, but What Does It Really Yield?

Looking at city-based agriculture throughout the United States, the benefits go far beyond nutrition.

Zanzibar's ‘Solar Mamas’ Flip the Switch on Rural Homes and Gender Roles

Hundreds of households on the Tanzanian island without access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers.

12 June 2015

Ugandan Authorities Jail Facebook User for “Offensive” Comments About President Musveni

Advox

Robert Shaka, a Ugandan IT specialist, is in jail for allegedly running the controversial TVO-Uganda Facebook page which is critical of Ugandan government.

Francophone Africa Is the New Land of Opportunity for the French Media Industry

The French media market is stagnant, but some see the African continent as the place to re-boot growth in the sector.

Celebrating the Zimbabwean Writer Who Was ‘Against Everything’

Facebook users celebrate the life and works of Dambudzo Marechera, the Zimbabwean literary figure who once wrote, "I’m against everything. Against war and those against war."

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Started 5 Years Ago. South Africa Remembers the Good Times.

On June 11, 2010, South Africa hosted the biggest sporting event in the world. It was the first time it ever happened on the African continent.

11 June 2015

Zambian Musician Charged Over Song Lampooning President Edgar Lungu

A musician has been taken to court for a song depicting the Zambian president, known for drinking habits, ascending to power with a suitcase full of Jameson whisky.

Nigeria's Surprising Feat at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015

Nigeria might be a developing nation, but she's got a great female football team. The team, ranked at 33rd in the world, drew 3-3 with 5th-ranked Sweden.

8 June 2015

International ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ on Its Way to Break the Gaza Siege

The Freedom Flotilla III will join an increasingly long list of boats that have attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Will it succeed this time?

6 June 2015

Want to Change the Future of Climate Change? Pay Attention to the Past

From the movement to end the Vietnam War to abolitionism, US history offers lessons aplenty for climate activists.

Ugandans Find Humor in Burundi's All-Too-Familiar Third Term Crisis

Mass riots and a failed military coup followed Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to extend his two-term limit. The president of Uganda is seeking a fifth term.

5 June 2015

Befeqadu Hailu: An Ethiopian Writer Who Refused to Remain Silent

Advox

In the words of Wole Soyinka, “books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.” Befequadu is in jail because he writes.