Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

June 3, 2020

The killing of George Floyd has sparked angry protests and violent repression not just in the United States, but around the world, where pandemic lockdowns have also mixed with authoritarian abuses. • Related: “A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world” India: Brutality day by day India, a multiparty […]

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Africans are fleeing racism in China

April 24, 2020

Thousands of African migrants living in Guangzhou in southern China are being targeted by racist attacks and policies. The problem has become so bad that one African nation has even begun evacuating its citizens from China. The reason? Besides simple prejudice, Africans are being blamed for exposing Chinese people to COVID-19. African students in Chinese […]

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Banning plastics? Africa is getting it done.

February 6, 2020

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 31 countries have banned single-use plastic.  Kenya is in the lead with its draconian penalties for infractions — and its promising results.  Flood of plastic Single-use plastics have become a significant part of the world’s plastics crisis.  Their rise to dominance in grocery store sales is familiar across the planet, as individual items […]

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Jet-setting elites are heading to an enormous slum in Kenya to learn about poverty

October 4, 2019

Wealthy, influential political and business leaders, experts, celebrities — and the attendant press — love to jet around the world to luxurious, insulated venues such as Davos, Switzerland, where they meet to discuss and find solutions to the world’s problems. Problems such as the hundreds of millions of people still living in extreme poverty. Enter […]

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Kenya’s parliament has a gender-parity problem

November 29, 2018

A bill to amend the Kenyan constitution and increase by one-third women’s representation in parliament was again postponed, and won’t resurface until 2019. This follows a Kenyan Higher Court order to parliamentarians to create gender quotas in the nation’s newly adopted 2010 constitution. Kenya has an unusual parliamentary structure. The National Assembly and Senate have a majority […]

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Kenyan film misses Oscar nomination, gains recognition

October 5, 2018

As previously reported in The Daylighter, “Rafiki,” a banned Kenyan film featuring a lesbian love story, was allowed to be shown for one week so that it could be submitted for Oscar consideration. However, it did not win the nomination. Nonetheless, the film was shown to sold-out crowds in the few theaters that screened it. […]

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