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Syria Facts: 11 Things to Know About the Country We\\’re Going to Bomb

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On August 27, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that, should President Obama give the order, the U.S. military is ready to launch attacks on Syria. The U.S. is responding to the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons outside of Damascus, which killed hundreds. Below are 11 facts about Syria to put the country’s geopolitical situation in context for Americans…

Europe\’s electronic waste has become Africa\’s burden – The Hindu

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Europe\’s electronic waste has become Africa\’s burden – The Hindu

via Europe\’s electronic waste has become Africa\’s burden – The Hindu.

The disposal of computers and other electronic and electrical goods, e-waste, is a growing global problem. In 2011, the world threw away 41.5m tonnes of electrical equipment, and this is expected to rise to 93.5m tonnes by 2016. This is a concern because dumped electronic consumer goods are, essentially, toxic waste.

In the second-hand markets of Lagos, Nigeria, little consideration is given to whether the item is tested or untested due to an abundance of repairers. But equipment shipped here untested is classed as e-waste, and so is in Lagos illegally. It might have been shipped in a container hidden behind working goods, concealed inside a car, or falsely described as a personal item. In many developing countries, e-waste is not treated to the same standard as in developed countries and there is often poor treatment leading to release of hazardous chemicals that can harm both people and the environment…

 

Lack of leadership in Africa: Ibrahim – Times LIVE

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Lack of leadership in Africa: Ibrahim – Times LIVE

via Lack of leadership in Africa: Ibrahim – Times LIVE.

Ibrahim was delivering the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Pretoria.

“Leadership is not about bossing people around…it is not about securing a seat in the UN Security Council on behalf of Africa, or chairing the African Union,” he said.

“Leadership is true engagement with Africa. You [South Africa] have a role to play.”

 Ibrahim said that half of the continent’s population was below the age of 19, and that African youth could become the best in the future in terms of production.

This was because the population of countries such as China and many European countries were ageing.  “But to do that, we need good education and training to equip these youngsters for the future. Through that, Africa can become the future factory of the world.”

 

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Aso Rock – Abuja, Nigeria – Monolith

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Aso Rock Abuja one of two monoliths in Nigeria, the other is Zuma Rock in Niger State, Nigeria.

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Mo Farah backs petition for Barclays to keep cash transfers

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Mo Farah backs petition for Barclays to keep cash transfers

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Somali-born double Olympic champion Mo Farah has backed petitioners calling for Barclays to keep open its cash transfer business, a lifeline for millions of Somalis and others in developing countries who depend on remittances to survive.

London-based Barclays announced in June it would stop offering banking services to some Somali transfer firms because it feared funds might end up in the hands of “terrorists” in the Horn of Africa nation slowly emerging from two decades of conflict…

How African innovation can take on the world – CNN.com

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How African innovation can take on the world – CNN.com

via How African innovation can take on the world – CNN.com.

In this period of gloomy economic forecasts, Africa’s rise has become a widely discussed international policy topic. The sweeping optimism about Africa’s economic prospects has been reinforced by 2013 projections that the continent will grow faster than the world average….

Three cracked pillars of a failed state – UK News | Online Newspaper | The Irish Times – Tue, Aug 06, 2013

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Three cracked pillars of a failed state – UK News | Online Newspaper | The Irish Times – Tue, Aug 06, 2013.

“…The failure of the State can be calibrated in many ways: the unwillingness to protect vulnerable citizens from slavery and abuse, the inability to sustain a modest prosperity, the apparently endemic resort to mass emigration, the descent into systemic corruption, the throwing away of hard-won sovereignty, the persistence of structural inequality. But we can also see it even if we look at the State in its simplest expression as a set of institutions…”

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