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The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic

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Africa: It's NOT a Country!
Oftentimes, Africa is stereotyped as being an homogenous region. This misconception is often due to the fact that our textbooks teach Africa's history after colonialism.
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South Sudan: The World’s Newest Country

South Sudan: The World’s Newest Country | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
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Nigeria's Illegal Oil Refineries - In Focus - The Atlantic

Nigeria's Illegal Oil Refineries - In Focus - The Atlantic | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
Reuters photographer Akintunde Akinleye recently gained rare access to an illegal oil refinery near the river Nun in Nigeria's oil state of Bayelsa
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Brown pelicans rebounding after Gulf oil spill

Brown pelicans rebounding after Gulf oil spill | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it

Pictures of the great birds struggling to rise from the oiled surface, their bodies and out-stretched wings draped in brown sludge, flashed around the world, becoming the iconic image of the disaster.

 

As scientists watched youngsters burst into the world from oil-coated eggs only to be fed fish from the polluted waters by parents sticky with poison, they wondered: Would the bay’s populations of pelicans, and their sea and shorebird cousins, collapse?

 

Any tour of the bay the last two springs would seem to provide a resounding “no” to that question. The number of birds nesting appears as high as before the spill.

 

Yet while researchers and staffers from environmental groups like the Audubon Society say they are happy so far — it’s the “so far” that concerns them.

 

“They are helpless to protect themselves in the face of this type of threat,” Driscoll said. “They will go back to the places they always go, because they can’t recognize the harm in doing so

 

So we won’t know how much harm is done for years to come.

 

In fact, the public can’t be certain how much harm has been done so far. State and federal agencies responsible for wildlife have been hard at work on the Natural Resources Damage Assessment, which will determine how much BP and its partners will owe for damage caused by their spill.

 

They are measuring populations as well as any presence of toxins in the birds. But government lawyers have put all results under wraps to avoid giving any edge to the responsible parties in what is likely to be a long, contentious legal process.


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'Africa needs India for education' | TwoCircles.net

'Africa needs India for education' | TwoCircles.net | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it

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Africa Unchained: The myth of Africa's 'middle class'

Africa Unchained: The myth of Africa's 'middle class' | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
Images of the "rising middle class" mesmerise the corporate world and distort economic visions of the future. Some seek hope for growth in latecomer mobile telephony technology diffusion across Africa — an idea mooted for ...
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Morocco: Activist Rapper Freed · Global Voices

Morocco: Activist Rapper Freed · Global Voices | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
Mouad Belghouat "Al Haked" (The Indignant), a 24-year-old Moroccan rap artist and outspoken critic of Morocco's monarchy, was released on Thursday from prison where he had been held since last September.
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Ghana HomePage, resource for News, Sports, Facts, Opinions, Business and Entertainment

Ghana HomePage, resource for News, Sports, Facts, Opinions, Business and Entertainment | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
All about Ghana: business, culture, education, government, latest news and background information...
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Morocco Has Never Annexed the Sahara (Part IV) | Morocco World News

Morocco Has Never Annexed the Sahara (Part IV) | Morocco World News | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
For centuries, Morocco’s sovereignty was extended over the Sahara.

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S Africa prays for ailing Mandela

S Africa prays for ailing Mandela | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it

Nelson Mandela Foundation says former president in hospital for "routine tests", as ruling party calls for calm.


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Egypt's Mubarak faces unprecedented protests| Reuters

Egypt's Mubarak faces unprecedented protests| Reuters | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it

CAIRO (Reuters) - Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse Egyptian protesters in Cairo in the early hours of Wednesday after a long day of unprecedented protests calling for President Hosni Mubarak


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As Ivory Coast's Gbagbo holds firm, 'blood diamonds' flow for export - CSMonitor.com

As Ivory Coast's Gbagbo holds firm, 'blood diamonds' flow for export - CSMonitor.com | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it

As Ivory Coast's renegade President Laurent Gbagbo shrugs off international attempts to isolate his regime, smugglers continue to export 'blood diamonds' in contravention of a United Nations ban.


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Africa: Made in China

The Chinese money and manpower behind the continent's building boom.


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Zimbabwe 18% pass rate is 'progress'

Zimbabwe 18% pass rate is 'progress' | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe's education minister deplores the fact that nearly 82% of students have failed their basic school leavers' exams, the Ordinary Level.

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Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture' : NPR

Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture'  : NPR | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
Say the words "high-tech startup" and chances are you picture a world that's mostly white, male and set in Silicon Valley. Now, a group in Nairobi, Kenya, is working to get more female entrepreneurs into the male-dominated world of tech.
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Africa's Biggest Solar Farm to be Built in Ghana (155 Megawatts)

Africa's Biggest Solar Farm to be Built in Ghana (155 Megawatts) | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
If all goes well, it should add about 6% to Ghana's total electricity generation capacity.
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AfriGadget: Recycling

A Cameroonian boy shows the recycled parts used to construct a toy RC car.

 

I originally found this video on one of the coolest websites ever: http://www.afrigadget.com/ ; The website seeks to show people "solving everyday problems with African ingenuity." While the developed world lives in a commercial, disposable society, Africans often need to maximize the useablity of all objects. The solutions they come up with can show students that it is not all doom and gloom in Africa, an represent a triumph of the human spirit.


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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 14, 7:49 PM

This video shows how the residents of undeveloped regions of thee world use creativity to give  a chance of hope to the country. By creating things they prove that art can come from places that one would least expect. Using some of their limited resources, this boy made a car that can be steered and is functional. To see a project in everyday objects is a true sign of ingenuity and hope.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 16, 11:38 PM

This video shows that while we assume poor underprivileged nations are simply stagnate and their citizens simply spend their time consumed with their suffering is wrong. While these children don't have access to toys or quality materials they still show great creativity and ingenuity by creating their own toy using what ever materials they have at hand. 

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 4:00 PM

Africa has an advantage as being one of the youngest continent in the world. With child innovative projects such as this, in the near future, these kids will be able to compete with the rest of the world on a global spectrum. They are not bound by their circumstances but are finding new ways to create a better future for themselves

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Africa sitting on groundwater reserves - News24

Africa sitting on groundwater reserves - News24 | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
Daily MailAfrica sitting on groundwater reservesNews24London - Huge reserves of underground water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a buffer against the effects of climate change for years to come, scientists said on Friday.
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A journey through South Africa's stunning Zulu Kingdom - CNN

A journey through South Africa's stunning Zulu Kingdom - CNN | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
A journey through South Africa's stunning Zulu KingdomCNNFrom Monday 16 April, American opera singer Thomas Hampson travels to Durban, South Africa, to work with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
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Breathtaking Holiday in Morocco | RedGage

In this modern country with ancient traditions, time quickly takes on another dimension. For travelers are given constantly opportunities to discover or to escape, they find their dream peace, relaxation and recreation in a rich environment.
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Ghanaian businesses to be showcased at the 2012 Olympics

Ghanaian businesses to be showcased at the 2012 Olympics | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
Accra, April 6, GNA - The African and Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise (ACCCE) based in London is to showcase some Ghanaian businesses and industries at the 2012 Olympics Games.
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Egypt's Struggle for Freedom

Egypt's Struggle for Freedom | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it

A classical Arab idiom maintains that a flood begins with a mere droplet. For freedom-aspiring citizens across the Middle East, Tunisia was akin to the first shower of rain. Two weeks ago, no one could have predicted the overthrow of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's repressive regime in Tunisia.


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Egypt Revolt post Tunisia: Is a Dam breaking? What happens next?

Egypt Revolt post Tunisia: Is a Dam breaking? What happens next? | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Egypt, facing down a massive police presence to demand: 1. Jobs; 2. Cheaper food; and 3. Ouster of President Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for 30 years since Sadat's assassination in 1981.


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The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic

The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it

Facebook's security team opens up, shedding light on a revolution that could become a parable for Internet activism


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A Rape Victim’s Suicide Proves Morocco’s Culture of Silence Must Go

A Rape Victim’s Suicide Proves Morocco’s Culture of Silence Must Go | Africa: It's NOT a Country! | Scoop.it
The suicide of rape victim Amina Filali is a reminder that the shameful blame-the-victim culture in Morocco needs to go.

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