Angola: Angola - a Year Later, the Luanda Book Club Languishes in Jail
[Daily Maverick] Last June, a group of 17 young Angolan activists were arrested in Luanda. Their crime? They were reading the wrong book. A year later, the Luanda Book Club remains in jail, persecuted by the same corrupt, authoritarian and brutal government they were peacefully protesting against. By SIMON ALLISON.
Nigeria: Shiites Accuse Military of Plans to Disrupt Procession
[Guardian] As members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites conclude arrangements to celebrate this year's Qud's Day in major towns in the north and other parts of the country, the group has accused the Nigerian military of plans to distrust the procession marking the event.
Nigeria: Arthur Mbanefo - a Fulfilled Life of Service (IV)
[Guardian] At 70, Arthur began to lose that characteristic patience and supreme indifference with which he treated smaller issues hitherto. When they underpaid him, he ignored it. When colleagues conspired against him, he tended to ignore them which, of course, infuriated them more. But from 70 some people started getting under his skin. And that was when he got to New York as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (UN) - a position he believed to be the apex of his life of service.
Nigeria: Arthur Mbanefo - a Fulfilled Life of Service (II)
[Guardian] Canada had a referendum as to whether the French part of Canada wanted to secede. They voted to remain one. In Pakistan, East and West Pakistan voted to split in Bangladesh and Pakistan as did Malaysia which broke up into Malaysia and Singapore comprising Borneo, Sarawak and Saba. Sudan was divided into North and South; Yugoslavia was divided into four countries, Chekosklovakia into Slovenia and Check Republic.
Namibia: Teen Kills Grandfather in Freak Accident
[New Era] Ongwediva -The police in Omusati are investigating a case of culpable homicide and driving without a driver's licence after a teenager allegedly ran over his grandfather at their home on Wednesday afternoon.
South Africa: Niq Mhlongo's Affluenza Embraces South Africans' Lived Experiences
[The Daily Vox] South Africa's democracy has come a long way since its formative years. But twenty years on and there are still many issues which have still not been addressed. Niq Mhlongo's book, Affluenza, looks at the realities that South African people face today. DANA DA SILVA gives her take on the collection of short stories.
Kenya: How Shakespeare Play Gave Rise to Obama
[Nation] When Barack Obama spoke to us at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, he described himself as "the first Kenyan American to become the president of America". His sister Auma had earlier introduced him as "our son, our brother and most importantly, the President of the United States of America".
Africa: The Good Lobbyist - 'Choosing the Hero' Shows Us How Washington Can Work
[CGD] Washington, DC -Lobbyists. They're everything that's wrong about Washington DC. Plying the hallways of power, these operators cut backroom deals and arm-twist politicians. Instead of strengthening democracy, they undercut it by securing favors for corporate clients and foreign dictator paymasters. If that's your perspective, then veteran lobbyist K. Riva Levinson's new book will rock your world.