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What the Internet looks like: The undersea cables wiring the ends of the Earth

What the Internet looks like: The undersea cables wiring the ends of the Earth | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
The information age is powered by fiber-optic cables buried in the sea bed. This incredible map reveals the sprawling network of the underwater Internet.

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A set of very cool images.

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Letter from Africa: Elephant in the room

Letter from Africa: Elephant in the room | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo considers the outcome of the recent conference on the illegal wildlife trade, hosted by the UK government.

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This is an important global issue

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10 Successful African Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

10 Successful African Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

Follow these 10 successful African entrepreneurs on Twitter for business advice, news updates, life lessons and sometimes, lunch pictures (10 African business men to follow on twitter to educate yourself on #AfricaRising.


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Uganda: Corruption Report Fingers Museveni

Uganda: Corruption Report Fingers Museveni | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

A new report on corruption in Uganda names President Yoweri Museveni as one of those responsible for what it calls widespread "bribery, nepotism, and misuse of official positions and resources" in the country.

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Terrorism in Africa: Inside Look at the Three Groups You Should Know About - PolicyMic

Terrorism in Africa: Inside Look at the Three Groups You Should Know About - PolicyMic | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Terrorism in Africa: Inside Look at the Three Groups You Should Know About PolicyMic Their attacks across international borders, like the September 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, impact international expatriate and tourist presence as...

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Identifies three major terrorist organisations in Africa.

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Scramble for Africa threatens to leave continent starving

Scramble for Africa threatens to leave continent starving | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it

In five short years, rich countries have acquired about 80 million hectares of land in Africa and other developing countries in what is now a worrying trend.

 

Critics have dubbed this “the big land grab”, or “the new type of neo-colonialism”. What is happening?

 

Now, foreigners have always owned land in Africa. What is new in this “second scramble for Africa” is the scale, size and more importantly, the exclusion of civil society and local communities in the process.

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And this is so Europeans can have fruits and vegetables out of season.

 

The level of corruption in making these deals must be huge beyond the wildest dreams of the ever fatter politicians.

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Will incumbents let go as East African states prepare for polls?

Will incumbents let go as East African states prepare for polls? | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
East Africa is entering a stormy political season with two presidents set to face elections in the next three years — Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza (2015) and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni (2016)

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Americans already think a third of the budget goes to foreign aid. What if it did?

Americans already think a third of the budget goes to foreign aid. What if it did? | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Let's increase foreign aid by $1.47 trillion a year. The reasons not to are quite weak.
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But does aid help? Or does it actually make things worse?

 

Everyone should read "Dead Aid" by Dambisa Moyo - a radical look at what aid is and what is does (and doesn't do)

 

(ISBN 978-0141031187  -  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Aid-working-another-Africa/dp/0141031182/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383960143&sr=8-1&keywords=dead+aid )

 

Amazon note: "Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid reveals why millions are actually poorer because of aid, unable to escape corruption and reduced, in the West's eyes, to a childlike state of beggary.

 

We all want to help. Over the past fifty years $1 trillion of development aid has flowed from Western governments to Africa, with rock stars and actors campaigning for more. But this has not helped Africa. It has ruined it.


Dead Aid shows us another way. Using hard evidence to illustrate her case, Moyo shows how, with access to capital and with the right policies, even the poorest nations can turn themselves around. First we must destroy the myth that aid works - and make charity history."

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ICC is targeting Africa, continent of impunity? Then it’s doing its job

ICC is targeting Africa, continent of impunity? Then it’s doing its job | Global Politics - Other Stuff | Scoop.it
Give us a break, people, and let us make some sense. Sense is one thing we can make if we try, without erecting factories or building complex machines.
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