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Africa

  1. select all
    #WeezerCoverAfrica Campaign Concludes With Weezer Covering ‘Africa’Bless the rains.
  2. Ebola Patients Escape Hospital, Increasing Fear of Massive OutbreakThe highly contagious virus has spread to Mbandaka, a city of more than a million, and health officials are scrambling to contain it.
  3. foreign affairs
    Cape Town’s Water Crisis Should Be a Warning to the WorldMajor cities running dry are a predictable consequence of climate change, population growth, and poor water management.
  4. The Worst Defenses of Trump’s Racist Comments on Immigration“This is how the forgotten men and women in America talk at the bar.”
  5. international affairs
    Robert Mugabe Still Refuses to Resign, But Pressure MountsZimbabwe’s former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has already been appointed as Mugabe’s successor.
  6. awful things
    Terrorist Truck Bombings in Somalia Leave Hundreds DeadThe death toll is still rising after the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia’s history.
  7. Trump’s Cuts to AIDS-Treatment Programs Would Kill 1 Million, Researchers SayAmerica saves one million lives for every $1 billion it spends on HIV treatment. But Trump would rather invest that money in a border wall.
  8. the environment
    Kenya Lights the Largest Ivory Bonfire in HistoryThey torched more than 100 tons of confiscated ivory and rhino horns in an attempt to discourage poaching.
  9. scary things
    At Least 28 Dead After Jihadists Storm Luxury Hotel in Burkina FasoThe Al Qaeda–linked group behind the attack also struck a hotel in neighboring Mali last fall.
  10. zimbabwe
    Second American Doctor Wanted for Killing a Lion in ZimbabweThis time it’s a gynecological oncologist from Pittsburgh. 
  11. foreign affairs
    In Return to Kenya, Obama Promotes Equal Rights and Economic GrowthIn the first-ever visit by a sitting U.S. president, Obama pushed for gay rights, increased counterterrorism ties, and more foreign investment.
  12. Suspected New York Ebola Cases Don’t Actually Have EbolaThe duo is believed to have recently returned from Africa.
  13. ebola
    The First African Ebola Vaccine Is Being Tested in MaliA country not affected by Ebola.
  14. human rights
    Kidnapped Nigerian Girls: ExplainerA primer on the international tragedy.
  15. awkward moments in social media
    Twitter’s AIDS Joke-Maker Justine Sacco Is Very Sorry, EveryoneIt was “a needless and careless tweet.”
  16. international affairs
    The Corporate Shortcomings of Al Qaeda’s Most Difficult EmployeeA regional terrorist commander was an HR headache.
  17. bachmann ambition overdrive
    Michele Bachmann Is Unhappy That American Troops Have Been Sent to Both Libya and AfricaShe’s still not great with geography.
  18. dangerous jobs
    Somali Prime Minister Back to Desk Job in BuffaloFrom Buffalo to Africa and back.
  19. sudan
    Oil-Rich South Sudan Votes to SecedeBy 99.57 percent!
  20. awful things
    Gay Ugandan Activist MurderedUgh.
  21. awful things
    Ugandan Newspaper Publishes Names of ‘Top 100’ Homosexuals, Calls for Their HangingThis isn’t the first time.
  22. the more you know
    Outbreak: Monkeypox!What’s in your monkeys? News at 11.
  23. secretary of awesome
    Out of AfricaPhoto highlights of Hillary’s dazzling seven-nation journey.
  24. secretary of awesome
    Hillary’s Africa Trip: The Horror, the HorrorA peculiar statement about the 2000 election invites even more scrutiny.
  25. secretary of awesome
    Mistranslation Produces Tense, Awkward Moment for Hillary in AfricaWho really gives a shit what Bill thinks?
  26. secretary of awesome
    How to Make Hillary Laugh: Say ‘John Bolton’This Africa trip is a blast!
  27. secretary of awesome
    Hillary Clinton Is Having a Ball in AfricaHair jokes! Marriage proposals! And boogying!
  28. pirates
    American Ship Captain Valiantly Surviving in Somali Pirate CustodyAlso, enemy and ally ships are zooming in on the area.
  29. pirates
    Somali Pirates Hijack Ship Full of Americans (Updated!)They’ve gotten a bit too cocky, it seems.
  30. the most important adoption in the world
    Malawi Caves to MadonnaAGAIN.
  31. election hangover
    Hoaxer Claims Credit for Palin Africa-Continent Story, MSNBC FooledThis is kind of confusing. Bear with us.
  32. company town
    Jeff Bewkes Starts Cleaning House at Time WarnerMEDIA • At least 75 Time Warner layoffs are expected to be announced today. The layoffs are among CEO Jeff Bewkes’s first public tasks since taking the helm of the company from Dick Parsons last month. Earlier today, Time Warner announced a 41 percent decline in fourth-quarter earnings. [MSNBC & AdAge] • Maybe some of those Time Warner folks can hang their hats over at Condé Nast. The Observer evaluates Portfolio’s recent spending spree, during which it recruited top talent from The New Yorker, the Post, and the Times. [NYO] • (Product)Red, the love child of Bono, iPod, and the Gap, has raised more than $22 million for fighting HIV and AIDS in Africa. But considering the big advertising bucks spent during the Super Bowl and elsewhere, some are arguing that it’s not enough. [NYT]
  33. early and often
    Bush Says State of the Union Will Mostly Address Economy; Guest List Begs to DifferAre you guys as excited for President George Bush’s State of the Union Address tonight as we are? Hoo-ah! Wait. You realized there still is a president, even though everybody’s busy trying to pick who the next one will be, right? We know, it’s hard to remember. And even though there are primaries tomorrow, tonight belongs to current president George Bush. Early reports say that his address will largely focus on the economy, which is probably what most ordinary citizens are hoping he will talk about. “Expect few surprises and no big initiatives,” says the Associated Press. Housing reform will come up, press secretary Dana Perino says, as well as health care and veteran’s care, alternative energy sources, climate change, faith-based initiatives, and conditional troop withdrawal in Iraq. But today the list of Presidential guests has been released for the event. These are the people who sit up with Laura Bush in the balcony, who are generally alluded to in the text of the speech (to much unilateral applause). In addition the lovely Bush twins and that sexpot Lynn Cheney, we’ve summarized the guest list for you.
  34. in other news
    Augustine Asiedu, the Last King of New York? How do you know New York’s still the capital of the world? Our car-service kingpins are actual kingpins. Augustine Asiedu, the president of a Brooklyn limo company called Fone-A-Car, has been charged with looting the business to finance a million-dollar election campaign in his native Ghana. The kicker? Dude won — and now, under the name Nana Amoakoh, he serves in the country’s parliament. Which, needless to say, complicates extradition. We went looking for an official bio of Mr. Asiedu/Amoakoh, but the Ghanaian government’s Website is down (now, that doesn’t bode well for a country). We’re left to imagine his campaign slogan: “Our guy will be there in five minutes. Vote Amoakoh.” Owner Is Accused of Looting His Car Service to Seek Office in Africa [NYT]
  35. new york fugging city
    Madonna as the Maternal Girl: Bad CastingMadonna is famous and infamous for her sinful buffet of personas. She’s been a geisha, a virgin, and a dominatrix, but she’s always been an original. Which is what’s so troubling about her latest reinvention. Why is she trying to be Angelina Jolie?
  36. in other news
    ‘Vanity Fair’: We Are All Africa, Ad PagesThough you might have heard something about maternally inclined stars like Angelina Jolie, Madonna, and Oprah caring for some kids in the name of child welfare on the African continent, no superstar has as yet made a really chic effort to solve the country’s problems. Sure, Bill Gates’s wife, Melinda, upped the camera quotient on that couple, but they don’t carry the same paparazzi punch as a face-painted Gwyneth in an “I Am African” ad. Enter Bono and Vanity Fair, which is letting the U2 front man edit the July issue. “Africa is sexy and people need to know that,” Bono said of his editorial agenda. It’s not exactly clear yet how the marriage of Graydon Carter, debt relief, “Pride (In the Name of Love),” and AIDS is going to resolve a few hundred years of turmoil, but whatever happens, no way is it going to be frazzled, blonde, and fifteen pounds overweight: “We are trying to deal with the Sally Struthers thing … When you see people humiliated by extreme poverty and wasting away with flies buzzing around their eyes, it is easy not to believe that they are same as us,” says Bono. So what to expect? Carter claims that “a co-mingling of brands will help sell a tough subject,” so we’re seeing sand to the horizon, Jil Sander on the suffering, and some kind of headdress on Dominick Dunne. Citizen Bono Brings African to Idle Rich [NYT]
  37. party lines
    Condé Nast Balls for Africa Last night was “The Black Ball,” Condé Nast’s curiously named benefit gala for African AIDS charity Keep a Child Alive, and the arrivals line at Hammerstein Ballroom looked like a high-society version of that bit in Legally Blonde when the Harvard snobs tell Elle Woods to come to the party in costume but they’re totally lying. White person after white person — Elijah Woods, Sophie Dahl, Tinsley Mortimer, Garavani Valentino (whose skin, admittedly, more closely resembles orange) — showed up in head to toe black, as Iman in bright red and Gayle King in yellow sauntered by, laughing away. We imagined joke invitations and meetings on subterfuge strategies, but, thankfully, the gala was not a room divided. Here, some touching moments of togetherness …