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Seychelles' silent 2nd revolution
afrol News - The small island nation of Seychelles found itself in a deep crisis in 2008, which had its roots in the 1979 socialist revolution. A new economic "revolution" in 2008 however is reinventing the nation's economy, turning old truths upside-down and removing the disputed legacy of ex-Dictator France Albert René.
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Abolishing fees boosts African schooling
Africa Renewal - When the Kenyan government announced it would stop charging fees for primary school education - just days before the beginning of the 2003 school year - the result was pandemonium. Teachers, headmasters and parents scrambled to find desks, pencils and books for over a million extra students. Many African countries have followed Kenya's example.
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Beads - a showcase of Africa's heritage
Misanet / IPS - The oldest known African bead is more than 12.000 years old and was found in the Kalahari Desert, but South African beads may be up to 75,000 years old. Almost equally old beads are found in Libya and Sudan. As a continental-wide cultural heritage, beads have served as fine jewellery, small pieces of art, haute couture, royal regalia, divine faience and even legal tender throughout the history of Africa. In Kenya, a handicraft-centre-turned-museum exposes this showcase of African heritage.
Lesotho's royal house - a world apart
afrol News - In comes Prince Seeiso Seeiso, second in line to the throne in Lesotho. He just had his first born son and was terribly beaten by his villagers. "I'm terribly sorry I'm late for the interview," he says, coming directly from hospital. "And I have to apologise again, as I will have to leave immediately to go home and pick up some things for my wife." We agree to meet the next day.
Africa highlights 2004 by afrol News
afrol News - Negative news often dominate the international coverage of Africa. 2004 however has seen much more than the crises in Darfur and Côte d'Ivoire. Peace has returned to many more countries, democracy and human rights are strengthening in Africa and the economy is booming in many countries. The link between democracy and development has been demonstrated and the outlook for 2005 is mostly positive.
Soul mates: The price of being gay in Somalia
afrol News - Afdhere Jama talks to a Somali gay couple that has staid together since their childhood in Mogadishu in the 1980s. Abdulle and Sakariye escaped the marriages arranged by their parents and sought freedom in the "liberal" town of Shalaamboot. But "freedom" came at a higher price than the young couple expected.
German Wituland, a colonial rarity
afrol News - It is common knowledge that the German colonial empire in Africa included only four short-lived colonies where colonial rule was harsh; Togo, Kamerun, South-West Africa (Namibia) and East Africa (Tanzania). This is however wrong. Even in the more short-lived German colony Wituland (now in Kenya), the local population rioted against the Germans in 1890 - because they were leaving.
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