Somalia’s passport is more powerful than those of Ethiopia, Djibouti

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Somalia – a country that is slowly recovering from more than two decades of civil war – surprisingly has a better passport than some of its neighbors in the Horn of Africa.

Amid Kenya’s Sweeping Crackdown, Business Sales Slip in Eastleigh

Small businesses on the road subsist right next to big shopping malls in the Eastleigh business district.

Nairobi, KENYA — Nowadays, Omar al Hadidi sits in his barbershop here in Nairobi’s Eastleigh business district, wondering when the next customer will come. Since a security crackdown started in Eastleigh in early April, Omar says his business has been incurring losses for weeks on end. “It is a desert out here,” al Hadidi says one… Continue reading…

Can Women Train Their Husbands and Get Men to Do What They Want?

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There is a nagging question that some women often ask themselves. How do they train their husbands? In a world where the rate of divorce is equal to the rate of marriage, any fresh ideas or techniques that can salvage marriages becomes enticing…. Continue reading…

9 Stunning Photos From The Hajj [+ VIDEO]

Muslim pilgrims pray outside the Grand Mosque on Oct. 23 [Hassan Ammar/AP]

More than one million Muslims from around the world are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The pilgrimage is the largest annual gathering in the world. During the course of the Hajj, pilgrims make a lot supplications, prayers and ask Allah for forgiveness. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford… Continue reading…

Jeffrey Gettleman and Western Media’s Narrow View of Africa

Many foreign writers on Africa are guilty of two extremes – condescension and too much praise, with the former being more dominant. It is easy to see why it is so much simpler to be disdainful. Arrogance does not require mental application. In fact, it shows a certain degree of laziness. All one has to… Continue reading…

Opinion: The Chinese Should Not Overplay Their Hand In Africa

The fates have dealt the Chinese a great geopolitical and  economic hand when it comes to Africa. The global economic meltdown that affected the U.S. and Europe and a shift in public policy in the African continent are some of the reasons many African governments have adopted ‘look East’ policy in international relations.

Top 10 Most Followed African Presidents on Twitter


As Twitter usage continues to expand in Africa, presidents and politicians in the continent are leveraging the unique power of the micro-blogging site to disseminate their political agendas, instantly communicate with a vast majority of people, recruit citizens to help in their campaigns, and create a space for dialogue and participatory democracy. Here is Sahan… Continue reading…

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