Africa: Duty-Free Imports Sought by U.S. Apparel Makers Would Vitiate Africa Trade – Agoa Coalition Warns Congress

Washington, DC — The following letter was sent by the Agoa Action Coalition to the chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade Earl Blumenauer (Democrat-Oregon), as well as the chairman of the full committee, Richard Neal (Democrat-Massachusetts) and ranking Committee member Kevin Brady (Republican-Texas), and ranking Trade Subcommittee member Vern Buchanan (Republican-Florida). Dear Honorable Chairman Blumenauer & Honorable Members: We write to convey our deep concern regarding proposed changes to the US Generalized System of Preferences program (GSP) which threaten to vitiate key provisions of the…

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Exactly 40 years ago, Zimbabwe cut ties with South Africa – Why?

On September 3, 1980, the new nation of Zimbabwe severed diplomatic ties with its conspicuously problematic neighbors to the south, South Africa, a Black majority nation led by white men. Zimbabwe, which had fought its own bitter war of independence against British colonial rule, was following in on the path of a few other African countries that looked to shun South Africa until apartheid was displaced. Mission offices in Cape Town and Pretoria were shut down and agents were recalled to Harare, then known as Salisbury, that very afternoon. Prime…

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People Want Biden To Reject Endorsement From Ex-Michigan Governor Accused Of Flint Water Crisis Cover-Up

Source: Detroit Free Press / Getty Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder‘s endorsement of Joe Biden is the latest support from a growing number of Republicans for the Democratic nominee. But Snyder’s alleged nefarious role in the Flint Water Crisis that disproportionately affected Black people and killed at least a dozen people should prompt Biden to reject the endorsement, according to what appeared to be a growing sentiment across social media. Joe Biden should openly reject Rick Snyder’s endorsement. — Andrew Gatto (@AndrewGatto) September 3, 2020 Calling Donald Trump a “bully,”…

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The fascinating story of the Abayudaya, a small community of African Jews in Uganda

It was all joy last year when the Abayudaya, a small Jewish community of around 3,000 located near the town of Mbale in eastern Uganda, celebrated 100 years of its founding. Somewhere in 1917, its founder, Semei Kakungulu, embraced Judaism after reading a Bible. Kakungulu is said to have led many lives in Uganda. He was a guerilla leader, a chief, an elephant hunter, a border warlord and a British ally in military campaigns. During the 1880s, a Protestant missionary converted him to Christianity and taught him how to read…

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Kenya:Mobile Money transactions jump by 14.96 percent in July

By Samuel Ouma Dr Patrick Njoroge ,CBK Governor The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has revealed that over Ksh.450.98 billion was transacted via mobile phone. This was an increase from Ksh.392.17 recorded in June. Economic analysts have attributed the rise in transactions to the gradual resumption of economic activities in the country. At the beginning of July, the government lifted the partial lockdown imposed on the Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, and Mandera. The curfew was also moved from 7 pm to 9 pm and the lockdown in Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate…

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Illumina collaborates with 54gene in the creation of a world-class genomics facility in Nigeria

Partnership will expand 54gene’s sequencing-based research and molecular diagnostics  capabilities with a focus on improving health outcomes through precision medicine. 03 September, 2020,  Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) today announced a collaboration with  54gene, a health technology company whose mission is to advance precision medicine capabilities in Africa through research, advanced molecular diagnostics and clinical programs. The partnership will support the establishment of a new genetics facility in Lagos, Nigeria, equipped with a suite of Illumina’s cutting-edge sequencing and high-density microarray technology platforms, which will generate genetic information for health research and…

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Descendants of Tulsa Massacre Victims Seek Reparations in New Lawsuit Against the City

On Tuesday, attorneys representing the victims and descendants of victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre filed a lawsuit against the city of Tulsa. The plaintiffs are seeking reparations nearly 100 years after the city’s iconic Black Wall Street was burned and destroyed by white mobs. Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons, who is leading the suit, which was filed Sept. 1 in state court, says that much of Tulsa’s spotted racial history emanates from the massacre that killed as many as 300 people. During a 12-hour period between May 31 and June 1,…

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ICC pushes back against U.S. sanctions decision

The International Criminal Court based in The Hague has condemned a United States decision to impose economic sanctions on Gambian native Fatou Bensouda, the ICC prosecutor, and an associate in retaliation for the ICC’s plans to investigate possible U.S. war crimes. The ICC said the decision, announced Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, constitutes “another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work” in investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity. “These coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil…

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South Africa: Small and Medium Growers and Innovation Are Key to Citrus Export Growth

While COVID-19 has disrupted many industries, the citrus industry in South Africa has emerged resilient, with strong demand in export markets and strong potential beyond the crisis. To tap this growth potential requires complementary public investment in ports and irrigation infrastructure, and technical capacity to negotiate access to wider export markets on favourable conditions. Demand for citrus in international markets has boomed under COVID-19 and prices have increased. For example, European prices for South African oranges in May 2020 were 7%-15% higher than a year earlier in euro terms, or…

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ANALYSIS: Much ado about the wrong numbers – decoding Kenya’s teen pregnancy ‘surge’

With schools in Kenya closed until 2021, parents would be forgiven for being apprehensive following an avalanche of local reports about a “spike” in teenage pregnancies. Not to be left behind, international media reported “a surge” and claimed the country “has for long grappled with high teenage pregnancy rates”.   The resulting fierce debate about a “crisis” saw the president and his ministers wade in. The National Crime Research Centre, a state agency, is now investigating the issue. But Africa Check found these claims are severely undermined by weak data. Interestingly,…

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