• FIVE THINGS TANZANIA’S ‘BULLDOZER’ MAGUFULI HAS BANNED

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    This year began with a new ban in Tanzania – all public hospitals were forbidden from televising entertainment programmes and told to show only health-related content. Since President John Pombe Magufuli, nicknamed “The Bulldozer”, came to...
  • A CLOSE SHAVE: THE DANGER OF NIGERIAN HAIRCUTS

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    Located opposite the popular Y-junction at Oremeji in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Rabiu Fagunwa’s wooden shop might have accommodated more customers in its 55 years of existence than a football stadium in one game. Many...
  • CHRISTIANS IN KAZAKHSTAN FINED FOR PRAYING WITHOUT PERMISSION

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    Anti-terrorism officers assisted by local police raided two Baptist house churches in Taraz, Kazakhstan, during worship services on Feb. 10 and 17, fining the worshippers for conducting prayers without government permission. Three people were fined between one...
  • RUSSIA TO SEND DELINQUENT YOUTH FOR RE-EDUCATION

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    Russia plans to send delinquent youngsters to military-patriotic re-education camps and to install special software blocking banned websites in schools, the head of Russia’s Security Council has said. President Vladimir Putin created a patriotic directorate inside the Russian...
  • BOUTEFLIKA IS TOAST

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced Monday he is dropping his bid for a fifth term in office, scrapping the upcoming elections altogether after weeks of protests against his candidacy. “Peacefully, we have overthrown the puppet!”...
  • UGANDA-RWANDA FEUD DEEPENS

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    On Wednesday March 12, Uganda’s foreign ministry issued a statement clarifying that it has not closed its border with Rwanda. The same statement however listed several actions that have been taken by Rwanda to frustrate movement...
  • SMALL TOWN IN MINNESOTA BEATS OPIOID EPIDEMIC

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    When a patient comes into the St. Gabriel’s emergency room with a 10-year-old prescription for painkillers, they aren’t just cut off cold turkey; a plan is created to taper them down to a safe dose. When...
  • KREMLIN ABANDONS PLANS TO HAND KURIL ISLANDS TO JAPAN

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    The Kremlin has reversed course in its negotiations to cede control of the disputed Kuril Islands to Japan, the RBC news website reported, citing unnamed sources. The row over the islands, which Soviet troops seized at...
  • FACT CHECK: THE BOER CONCENTRATION CAMPS

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    By Fransjohan Pretorius More than a century after 48 000 people died in concentration camps in what’s known as the South African War between 1899 and 1902 – or the Anglo-Boer War – the events of that period are back...
  • UIGHARS, WATCH OUT: HERE COMES ERIK PRINCE

    by - Mar 16, 2019
    A Hong Kong-listed security firm founded by Erik Prince has signed a preliminary deal with authorities in China to build a training centre in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims have experienced a huge security crackdown. Frontier Services...