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Ethiopian-Israeli teen wins ‘X-Factor’

Eden Alene, 17, of Jerusalem, supports coexistence with Arabs and hopes for greater acceptance of her community By JTA, 02/01/2018 An Ethiopian-Israeli teenager who went viral for a performance of pop star Demi Lovato’s song “Stone Cold” won Israel’s “X-Factor 2018.” Eden Alene, 17, of Jerusalem,...

Black South African winemaker shakes up industry

By Sibongile KHUMALO, The Citizen, 01/31/2018 With a history dating back over three centuries, South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry has long been the domain of generations of just a few elite white families. But the emergence of a crop of new black players...

Gay King: The British feared Uganda was just too gay for them

This is how Uganda got its anti-gay laws in the first place  Edwin Sesange, Gay Star News, 01/30/2018 It is now seven years since homophobes killed Ugandan gay hero David Kato in cold blood. They murdered him just a few weeks after he...

Tanzanian government bans posting of ‘raunchy pictures’ on social media

BY SOWETAN LIVE, 01/30/2018 If you are a participant of #ThirstTrapTuesday you could find yourself in big trouble in Tanzania. According to a report by Pulse live.co.ke  the Tanzanian government has banned the posting of ‘nude pictures’ on social media. It appears the ban...

Usain Bolt: South Africans make people feel right at home

BY CHRIZELDA KEKANA, Times Live, 01/30/2018 Retired athlete Usain Bolt jetted into Mzansi on Friday ahead of the Sun Met this past weekend and told TshisaLIVE that he felt right at home. The athlete was flown into the country as part of...

Our brother is framing us for the murder of our father

Our brother is framing us for the murder of our father: Daughters of property tycoon make glamorous appearance in Kenyan court to clear their names over his death Helen and Alexandra Veevers returned to Kenya last week to clear...

Fake Idi Amin

How did a book signed by 'Idi Amin' wind up in the Library of Israel? By PHILIP TERZIAN, Weekly Standard,  01/27/2018 I've never stuffed a note in a bottle, and tossed it into the ocean. But I seem to have done the bibliographical...

Hamba Kahle, Comrade Hugh Masekela

BY DAILY MAVERICK, DAILY MAVERICK, 01/24/2018 News of Hugh Masekela’s death reverberated around the world on Tuesday. The UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND was among those that paid tribute to his legendary contribution to music and culture. Dr Masekela was awarded an...

RIP Hugh Masekela: A true South African legend

By REBECCA DAVIS, DAILY MAVERICK, 01/24/2018 With the passing of Hugh Masekela, another of South Africa’s true legends has left us. It was announced on Tuesday by the musician’s family that 78-year-old Masekela had succumbed after a long battle with prostate...

Khanyi’s matric dance: a South African student’s rite of passage – photo essay

The final year of high school in South Africa is known as matric, and the ball held to mark it is a major event in students’ lives. Many spend a lot of time and money meticulously planning their outfits,...

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Why Is The U.S Worried About Ethiopia?

  BY CONOR GAFFEY, NewsWeek, 09/21/2017 Ethiopia is a major U.S. ally in Africa. The government in Addis Ababa has long cooperated with Washington on security and counterterrorism while benefiting generously...

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