Africa:Sublime Soul Diva Who Demanded Respect, Which Will be Forever Given

[The Conversation Africa] It is no coincidence that two of Aretha Franklin’s celebrated contemporaries who travelled to Detroit to see the singer in the last stages of her illness were Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson. It is hard to overestimate Franklin’s importance to both music and the civil rights movement — and the presence of one of music’s greatest figures alongside Martin Luther King Jr’s right-hand man at her bedside in the final days of her life is a fitting tribute to one of the true greats o

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South Africa:Reflecting on Mandela’s Centenary

[Atlantic Council] Washington, DC -In the predawn hours of July 18, 1918, not far from the medieval cathedral town of Soissons in northeastern France, twenty-four French divisions, including two segregated American infantry divisions (the storied 92nd “Buffalo Soldiers” and the 93rd) under French command, supported by other Allied units–including eight other US divisions of the American Expeditionary Force led by Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing for whom the day would bring one of their first combat operation

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Zimbabwe: Ex-U.S. Envoy Says Trump, Mugabe Too Egotistic to Get Along

[New Zimbabwe] FORMER US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray says President Robert Mugabe and newly installed US counterpart Donald Trump are two birds of a feather who would never get along with each other even for “three minutes” because of the “size of their egos”.

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Sudan: Sanctions Lifted, but Is Sudan Out of the Woods?

[East African] Three years ago, President Omar al-Bashir’s administration changed its style of engaging the United States from constant public censure — mainly in solidarity with Arab states — to behind-the-scenes diplomacy.This change of tack bore fruit on January 13, when former former US president Barack Obama issued an executive order partially lifting sanctions that were imposed on Sudan in 1997 for alleged association with terrorist organisations.

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