New technique used to map malaria in Africa’s climate future

Malaria hits hard on the African continent, home to 93 percent of the world’s 228 million cases in 2018 and 94 percent of its fatalities. What scientists at the universities of Leeds and Lincoln in the UK want to know is how Africans might be affected in the climate change future, because climate – heat, humidity, rainfall – is critical to how the mosquito-borne disease is transmitted. So they developed a new model to better map where outbreaks are likely, one they say more accurately accounts for water and moisture,…

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Hotel Rwanda Hero Arrested for Terrorism

A Hero in Handcuffs Paul Rusesabagina, in handcuffs before the Rwandan press in Kigali capital on Monday. The official police statement, “Through international cooperation, the Rwanda Bureau of Investigation wants to inform the general public that Paul Rusesabagina has been arrested.” The internationally honoured hero, portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” as the saviour of almost 2000 people in 1994 during the country’s ethnocentric genocide ordeal, is under suspicions of founding and financially backing terrorist outfits behind heinous crimes against humanity on Rwandan soil. “Rusesabagina is suspected to be the…

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The Vegan Food Item You Never Knew You Needed: A Carrot Dog

West End is a predominantly Black historic community in Atlanta that has been a destination for vegan and vegetarian eateries for decades. We highlight some key players in the neighborhood who are changing the community one healthy meal at a time.  Chef Kemi Bennings is the owner of Food For Thought Vegan Cafe, a restaurant group that operates Carrot Dog and The Soup Bar. (Photo: Kevin Garrett) Name: Kemi BenningsAge: 29 and holdingHometown: Augusta, GeorgiaProfession: ChefYears of Experience: 18 yearsWhat: Food For Thought Vegan Cafe, home of the Carrot Dog…

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MUSIC MONDAY: “Black Panther”-Inspired Playlist In Memory Of Chadwick Boseman (LISTEN)

Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther (Art by Marlon West) by Marlon West (FB: marlon.west1 Twitter: @marlonw IG: stlmarlonwest Spotify: marlonwest) With the passing of the great Chadwick Boseman, I am inclined to hold the playlist I made to share today until next week. I thought instead I’d share this playlist I created in celebration of Black Panther two years ago. Open in Spotify I won’t say how many times I’ve seen the film, so far. Though I made this playlist by imagining what genius Princess Shuri would listen to in…

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Burundi Set to Call on Belgium, Germany to Pay $43 Billion In Reparations for Colonial Harms After Democratic Republic of Congo Signals Its Own Belgian Claim

Burundi is preparing to call on Belgium and Germany to pay reparations for the harm those two countries inflicted on the East African nation under colonial rule, and a preliminary compensation figure been determined: $43 billion. Last month, a Democratic Republic of Congo official called on Belgium to pay reparations to the victims and descendants of victims of the Belgians’ brutal era of colonization. In addition to paying reparations, Burundi wants Belgium to return stolen artifacts that were taken between 1899 and 1962. In 1890, Burundi became a part of…

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Black Panther and the Black Panthers – T’Challa and the vision of Black power

Three days since his unexpected demise, Chadwick Boseman, continues to be mentioned in adulation and reverence for his exemplary life as a faithful friend of many and a box-office shattering reputable actor. Boseman’s 17-year career saw him play some iconic Black figures including Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, James Brown in Get on Up and Jackie Robinson in 42. Of course, it was with the 2018 commercial and imaginative success Black Panther that Boseman announced himself to the world. The flame of Boseman’s global stardom burned fiercely and sadly, for a…

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Revolutionary Pan-Africanist Amilcar Cabral Considered the 2nd Greatest Leader of Humanity

At the beginning of this year, BBC World Histories Magazine asked historians to nominate the ‘greatest leader’ –someone who exercised power and had a positive impact on humanity – and to explore their achievements and legacy. More than 5,000 readers voted, and in second place, with 25 per cent of the vote is Amilcar Cabral, who as head of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), led his country to independence. What made Cabral great? Why must those who struggle for Pan-Africanism know and understand…

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Sudan government agrees to peace deal with five rebel groups

Sudan’s government has agreed to a peace deal with five rebel groups in a move seen by observers as a significant step towards resolving multiple deep-rooted civil conflicts that have caused immense suffering in the country for decades. The agreement will provide a welcome boost to the transitional government that took power after the fall of the authoritarian ruler Omar al-Bashir last year. On Monday, officials from Khartoum met leaders of the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an umbrella organisation of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern…

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Mozambique: More than a Tropical Paradise

There’s an extraordinary diversity of places in Africa to spice up your travel bucket list. One of the continent’s underrated gems is Mozambique, boasting long stretches of exotic beaches, exceptional cuisine, and many other enchanting tourist attractions. If you don’t know what to expect from the Southern African country, don’t fret – we’ve got your back. Buckle up and allow us to take you on a thrilling and insightful tour of Mozambique. Upon arriving, warm tropical air caresses your face and invites you to the great, fun times that lie…

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‘Ten Days in Harlem’: An Interview with Historian Simon Hall

Fidel Castro and Malcolm X. Photo: Carl Nesfield. In today’s piece, blogger Say Burgin interviews historian Simon Hall, a former Fox International Fellow at Yale, is currently Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds. His research interests focus on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the social movements of the ‘long 1960s’, and global protest during the Cold War. He has published widely on these topics, including several books: Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); American Patriotism, American Protest: Social Movements…

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