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South Africa: Explosive Strikes, a Ticking Time Bomb

South Africa: Explosive Strikes, a Ticking Time Bomb

AFRICANGLOBE – Africa’s largest trade union movement, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has warned that strikes in South Africa remain a ticking time bomb needing to be addressed urgently. Strikes were commonplace in South Africa in 2012 with the most explosive being in key sectors like mining, agriculture, and the transport industry.

Why are African Armies So Bad?

The conflicts in Mali and Congo have yet again confirmed fears about how poorly equipped, badly commanded, ill trained and hated most African armies are. General Carter Ham head of AFRICOM – the U.S. military command for Africa – did not mince his words, when he briefed the Homeland Security Policy Institute

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African American Women Exercise Less Because of Their Hair

A number of obstacles may stand between a person and exercise, and hairstyles may be one of them for African-American women, according to a new study. Researchers found about two of every five African-American women said they avoid exercise because of concerns about their hair, and researchers say that is concerning given the United States’ obesity epidemic.

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Black Jobless Rate Still Twice That of Whites

The African American jobless rate is about twice that of whites, a disparity that has barely budged since the government began tracking the data in 1972. In last week’s jobs report, the black unemployment rate was 13.2 percent, while the white rate stood at 6.8 percent.

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South African Airways, Air Canada Sign Code Share Agreement

AFRICANGLOBE – South African Airways (SAA) and Air Canada signed a code share agreement on Monday, making it easier for passengers to travel between the two countries. Passengers are now able to book a single itinerary when connecting between the carriers in London, as well as benefit from reciprocal frequent flyer miles accumulation or redemption, [...]

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African American Women Mostly Obese

AFRICANGLOBE – It’s as much a cultural challenge as it is an individual one. African American women appear to be unmoved by the growing obesity epidemic among their ranks, with little regard to the serious health dangers it poses. They have the highest obesity rate of any group of Americans, with four out of five African [...]

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Southern Africa Sending Standby Force to Eastern Congo

AFRICANGLOBE – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has decided to activate its stand-by force and dispatch it to the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where rebels of the M23 movement are fighting against the Congolese government. The unit will be under the auspices of the Neutral International force (NIF), [...]

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Fiscal Cliff: Harder Fall for African Americans

AFRICANGLOBE – It’s easy to ignore the current debate over the fiscal cliff as pundits and lawmakers throw around terms like sequestration, triggers, automatic tax increases and spending cuts. But every American should pay as much attention to this debate as they did to the election. Before the end of the year Congress and President Obama must make [...]

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‘Change is Imminent': African CEOs Look to Bright Future

AFRICANGLOBE – Sitting at the first Africa CEO Forum this week, in the heart of Geneva, I asked myself if this was the right time to open the debate on Africa’s private sector future. Was Geneva the right place? Critics will rightly argue that this sort of event should have been held in Africa. Over [...]

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