Nigeria: Are Doctors Justified for Leaving?

[Nigeria Health Watch] Editor’s Note: A U.S news politics report that recently trended online showed how Nigerian immigrants have carved a niche in the United States as highly skilled workers. The numbers are impressive, with Nigerians ranking highest in the percentage of immigrants with a bachelor’s degree, at 59%. The applause for this is commendable, yet it also means that as a country Nigeria is consistently and increasingly exporting its skilled workforce to other climes.

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Kenya: Why Elite Cohesion Is More Important Than Ethnicity to Political Stability

[The Conversation Africa] Kenyan politics is often depicted as a battle between different ethnic “Big Men” who can mobilise their supporters with a click of their fingers. The ability of successive generations of the Kenyatta family to rally the support of the Kikuyu community, and of Odingas to command the loyalty of Luos, means that it is also seen to be dominated by a small number of dynasties – a Game of Thrones, if you will.

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Angola: Luanda Leaks Corruption Files ‘Tip of the Iceberg,’ Campaigners Say

[VOA] Johannesburg -Angolan activists say the recent “Luanda Leaks” investigation – which uncovered billions of dollars’ worth of unscrupulous business dealings that made the daughter of Angola’s longtime president, the richest woman in Africa – is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corruption in the oil-rich African country.

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Central African Republic: Year-Old Agreement Must Be Implemented for ‘Lasting Peace’ – Expert

[Africa Renewal] Following a visit to the Central African Republic, a UN independent expert said that everyone must take all measures necessary to effectively implement the peace agreement that was signed in Bangui a year ago.

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How America deals with Africa, despite Donald Trump

THESE DAYS it is notable when both Republicans and Democrats oppose a foreign policy of Donald Trump’s in strident unison. When it was reported that Mark Esper, the secretary of defence, was set to remove American forces from the Sahel, where jihadists have been wreaking havoc across a vast swathe of Africa, members of Congress reacted angrily together, arguing vigorously against such a course. A few weeks later Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, sounding ambivalent on the matter, set off on the first tour of sub-Saharan Africa by any member of Mr Trump’s cabinet for a year and a half

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Why delivering the mail in Congo is so hard

A HISTORIAN REMARKED, of the ancient Persian postal system, that “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Snow is not much of a problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but dozens of rebel groups make delivering the mail rather difficult. So do bad roads and a dysfunctional government

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Africa: Climate Change Opens Up ‘Frontier’ Farmland, but At What Cost to the Planet?

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -Climate change could expand farmland globally by almost a third but would also bring significant environmental threats, including a risk of increased emissions from soils

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