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Their troubled brother wandered into Gaza. Now his Ethiopian-Israeli family wants US help to...

By Ron Kampeas, JTA, 11/20/2017 WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ilan Mengistu knows his pitch to rescue his brother, Avera, should be a no-brainer to Jews — “pidyon shvuyim,” the redemption of the hostage, is among the greatest of commandments. But Mengistu also knows that...

Prominent South African actresses reveal their sexual harassment ordeal

By LIAM KARABO JOYCE, IOL, 11/20/2017 Two prominent South African actresses have revealed that they have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. This follows the revelations of former Rhythm City actress Nokuthula Ledwaba who revealed she was harassed after Hollywood...

Uganda Becomes the 100th Country With Chabad

Announcement made at International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries By Dovid Margolin, Chabad, 11/20/2017 The landlocked East African country of Uganda is making Jewish history this year: It is the 100th country to welcome a permanent Chabad-Lubavitch presence in its midst. In October, Rabbi Moishe and Yocheved Raskin, along...
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My Husband’s Wives: The Positive Perspective Of Africa’s Polygamy

By Fareeda Munir, Juruma, 11/19/2017 The word ‘polygamy’ sends shivers down the spine of many in today’s world.  The practice has been shrouded in negativity and popular media has played a part in demonizing it.  As a child from a monogamous...
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Meet Masiphumelele’s budding violinists

“We like the African beats and we also play classics” By Ashraf Hendricks, Ground Up, 11/18/2017 In a small classroom learners from Masiphumelele are learning a new skill: playing the violin. The outreach program, that takes place on the campus of non-profit organisation Masiphumelele...

Nigeria’s Nasty Boy: ‘People in my law class thought I worked for a porn...

Rigid gender norms in Nigeria’s religiously conservative society are being challenged by a website dedicated to documenting unconventional lives By Emmanuel Akinwotu, The Guardian, 11/16/2017 Richard Akuson, a lawyer whose online magazine is questioning rigid gender norms in Nigeria’s religiously conservative society, understands...

Zimbabwe coup latest updates: Robert Mugabe ‘fate uncertain’

ZIMBABWE’s army has seized power in Harare and placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. Here is the latest news and live updates. By JOE TAMBINI, Express, 11/16/2017 Military forces have taken control of Zimbabwe. Brits have been told to stay off...

Where Concorde once flew: the story of President Mobutu’s ‘African Versailles’

For posturing dictators, only putting a new city on the map will do. Fifty years on from Mobutu Sese Seko’s ascent to the presidency of Congo, David Smith explores what’s left of his personal Xanadu, Gbadolite By David Smith, The Guardian, 11/14/2017 “One...
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Ethiopia is finally recognizing its stateless Rastafarian community

BY NADIA ZAIDI, Plaid Zebra, 11/13/2017 Ethiopia will now issue identity cards to its members of the Rastafarian community – a religious group that has long been stateless. This recognition comes at a time of volatility. Rastafarians are fighting for land, language,...

South African parents sue after son drowns in latrine

By BBC Africa News, 11/13/2017 The mother of a five-year-old South African boy who died after falling into a pit latrine at school has broken down in court as she described finding his body. Michael Komape's mother Rosina took the witness stand...
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