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April 2017 Vol 37
Nothing But A Huge
April Fools Joke
AFRICANGLOBE – April Fools’ Day is celebrated in different western cultures around the world. Although it’s not a national holiday, it is widely recognized when many people engage in all types of foolishness.The day is filled of good-humored hoaxes, and other pranks with various degrees of sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, and work associates. This is only one of many customs and holidays that’s part of western culture and has been adopted in the Caribbean, North and Latin America together with Africans in Europe and Africa.READ MORE
How Canada's Christians
Aided Colonialism in Africa
Last week the Globe and Mail reported on the Canadian Christians who set off to proselytize in China in 1891. Focused on their medical achievements, the laudatory story hinted at a darker side of their work. It quoted a missionary who was “critical of the lifestyle most of the missionaries led, with their large houses, many servants and imported comforts which contrasted with the far lower standard of living of their Chinese fellow Christians.”
Central Banks Are Trojan Horses, Looting Their Host Nations
A Nobel prize winning economist, former chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank, and chairman of the President’s council of economic advisers Joawph Stiglitz says that the International Monetary Fund and World Bank loan money to third world countries as a way to force them to open up their markets and resources for looting by the West. Joawph Stiglitz says that the International Monetary Fund and World Bank loan money to third world countries as a way to force them to open up their markets and resources for looting by the West. Do central banks do omething similar? Economics professor Richard Werner – who created the concept of quantitative easing – has documented that central banks intentionally impoverish their host countries to justify economic and legal changes which allow looting by foreign interests.
It’s easier for North Americans to
travel within Africa than Africans themselves
Despite the rhetoric that extols the vision of "pan Africanism" and "one Africa" by their leaders, Africans remain severely disconnected from each other. This is in no small part due to policies by African states that make it difficult for the continent’s citizens to gain access to each other’s countries, a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB) shows.
Black natural hair:
Why women are returning to their roots
The natural hair movement embraces black hair that is free from extensions, wigs or straightening chemicals. But why is natural hair seen as political and what kind of support does the movement have in Britain?When Kadian Pow was visiting London from the US in 2009 she was inspired to have her relaxed hair cut off and grow her natural curls after seeing a Matalan advert featuring a black model sporting an afro.READ MORE
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The Dog-n-Pony Show of
Minority Business in US
Minority business ownership has surged in the United States over the last several decades. According to the Small Business Administration, minority business startups increased 46 percent between 2002 and 2007 alone. Today, 21 percent of small businesses are reportedly owned by minorities, and while those figures are hardly representative of the nation’s racial makeup, the stats are evidence that the country is making real strides, right? Well, not exactly.
Beating the Resource Curse in Africa:
A Global Effort
Many resource-rich African countries make poor use of their wealth. Take Equatorial Guinea, a small oil-producing country on the continent's west coast. In 2010, an estimated 75% of the population lived on less than $700 a year, but the average per capita income was almost $35,000, the continent's highest. Instead of creating prosperity, resources have too often fostered corruption, undermined inclusive economic growth, incited armed conflict and damaged the environment.
Why South Africa should undo Mandela’s economic deals
Is South Africa finally maturing to the point that the economic - not just political - compromises of the 1990s democratic transition can be reconsidered? When engaging student activists, for example, University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen frets that “If [former President Nelson] Mandela gets any mention at all, it is as a sell-out, the man who led South Africa into a soft transition that left white privilege undisturbed and black poverty undiminished”.
The Ghana Empire or Wagadou Empire (existed before c. 830 until c. 1235) was located in what is now southeastern Mauritania, and Western Mali. Complex societies had existed in the region since about 1500 BCE, and around Ghana's core region since about 300 CE. When Ghana's ruling dynasty began is uncertain, it is first mentioned in documentary sources around 830 CE. The introduction of the camel, which preceded Muslims and Islam by several centuries, brought about a gradual change in trade, and for the first time, the extensive gold, ivory trade, and salt resources of the region could be sent north and east to population centers in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe in exchange for manufactured goods.The Empire grew rich from the trans-Saharan trade in gold and salt. This trade produced an increasing surplus, allowing for larger urban centers. It also encouraged territorial expansion to gain control over the lucrative trade routes.
The Moors of Europe
The ancient Romans thoroughly documented the lives of indigenous Africans to whom they commonly referred as the Moors. By the 4th century AD. the Roman army heavily recruited Moors for their exceptional skill in battle. One such Moorish general, Aemilianous (207-253 AD) as described in Epitome de Casaribus (390s AD), was so skilled that he was made emperor in the Roman province of Moesia (Balkan peninsula), albeit for only 4 months’ time.