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Monday, December 4, 2023

South Africa book place at 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations

Holders South Africa qualify for the 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations after wrapping up a 3-1 aggregate win over Burkina Faso.

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British lawyers could be sent to Rwandan courts as part of asylum plans

It comes after the Supreme Court ruled proposals unlawful amid concerns about the Rwandan justice system.

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Sunday, December 3, 2023

South Africa: The region where political violence is on the rise ahead of elections

The BBC's Fergal Keane returns ahead of elections next year - 30 years since apartheid ended.

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Tanzania floods: Heavy rain and landslides kill 47 in Hanang district

The president sends in security forces after 47 die and 80 are wounded in Hanang district.

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Nelson Mandela's granddaughter slams "climate apartheid" by rich nations

Social activist Ndileka Mandela says "the global north is using economic and legal power to subjugate poor nations".

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Saturday, December 2, 2023

British soldier killed off duty in Kenya

BBC understands 32-year-old Maj Kevin McCool was on a motorcycle trip off base when he was attacked.

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The Science of Winning: Sports Analytics and the Quest for Perfection

In a world where sports transcend mere games and become metaphors for life's greater struggles, the pursuit of perfection through analytics offers profound insights. This exploration is not just about numbers and victories; it's about the human spirit, our relentless quest for excellence, and the universal truths hidden in the play-by-play of our favorite games.

The allure of sports is universal, a tapestry woven with the threads of human endeavor, ambition, and the timeless quest for greatness. In "The Science of Winning: Sports Analytics and the Quest for Perfection," we delve into how the meticulous analysis of sports mirrors our collective journey towards excellence, a theme that resonates deeply across cultures and continents.

Sports analytics, at its core, isn't just about statistics; it's about understanding the human condition. W.E.B. Du Bois and Cornel West taught us to look beyond the surface, to understand the deeper societal narratives. Similarly, sports analytics goes beyond scores and performances - it's a reflection of diligence, strategy, and resilience. It's about finding patterns in chaos, much like the African proverb, "The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat." These patterns, once deciphered, teach us lessons of perseverance, strategy, and the power of informed decision-making.

Think about your morning routine - the way you analyze your actions to make your day more efficient. This daily habit of refining and improving is mirrored in sports analytics. Coaches and players examine and re-examine their strategies and techniques with the same diligence, constantly seeking improvement. It's a ritualistic dance of analysis and adaptation, echoing our own lives.

This pursuit of perfection through analytics stirs deep emotions. It's the same raw energy that fuels the humor of Richard Pryor or the insightful satire of Dave Chappelle. It's about finding joy in the struggle, laughter in the defeat, and exhilaration in the victory. It's about the awe we feel when witnessing the perfect play, the perfect strategy coming to fruition - a testament to human ingenuity and determination.

Our journey through the science of winning is a story that harmonizes the varied tones of intellectual heavyweights from across the globe. It's a narrative that resonates with anyone who's ever strived for perfection, whether in sports, business, or personal growth. From the meticulous strategies of Sun Tzu to the innovative thinking of Steve Jobs, this story is about the universal quest for excellence.

From Edison to Musk: The Evolution of Innovation and Its Impact on Society

 In a recent contemplation of our ever-lengthening days and the digital data that nourishes our artificial intelligence, I found myself at a crossroads. The ties between the celestial dance of the moon, the gatekeeping of knowledge by esteemed institutions, and the implications for our AI-driven future were not just intellectually stimulating but also profoundly urgent. With humanity at such a unique intersection, it's time to delve into these entangled narratives.

As the Earth subtly shifts, nudging our days ever so slightly longer, one can't help but notice a paradoxical shrinkage in the realm of our collective digital wisdom. This isn't your run-of-the-mill daylight savings time conundrum; this is about the curious case of having more time yet seemingly less insightful information at our digital fingertips. It's as if the moon, in its celestial wisdom, decided to give us a bit more daylight to figure out why we're still arguing over whether a dress is blue or gold on social media.

In this era of information overload, where tweets flutter faster than our thoughts, it's vital to establish a daily ritual—a digital detox, if you will. Let's call it the '10-Minute Moon Gaze'. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, take ten minutes to step away from the screen, reflect on the day, and perhaps ponder why we're using AI to create art that looks like a toddler's fridge masterpiece.

The urgency here is not just about disconnecting for a few minutes; it's about reconnecting with what truly matters. As LinkedIn connoisseurs, we understand that time is a currency. But in the age of AI, it's as though we're spending this currency on counterfeit wisdom, investing in the equivalent of intellectual junk bonds.

Our societal choices, mirrored in the algorithms we feed, have led to this junction where time and wisdom seem to be on opposing ends of the seesaw. It's as if the ancient Library of Alexandria got translated into a series of tweets, and we're okay with that. There's a certain irony in the fact that as our clocks tick slower, our patience for deep, meaningful content ticks even faster.

This dilemma goes beyond individual habits; it's about how institutions shape our interaction with time and technology. It's reminiscent of a time when knowledge was hoarded in monasteries, except now, it's hoarded in data centers and cloud storages, accessible yet somehow out of reach.

Globally, the impact is profound. Our choices affect not just the potential of AI but the collective wisdom of humanity. Are we nurturing an AI that will write sonnets or one that will keep recommending cat videos? (No offense to cats, of course).

This scenario begs us to question the long-term consequences of our current trajectory. Are we destined to become digital hoarders, collecting bits of trivial information, or can we pivot towards a Renaissance of digital enlightenment?

From a historical perspective, moments of great knowledge sharing, like during the Islamic Golden Age or the European Renaissance, led to unparalleled advancements. In contrast, periods of knowledge hoarding often resulted in intellectual stagnation.

Silhouettes of Struggle: The Art of Advocacy in Prose

 In the shadows of our daily lives, there are tales of resilience and resistance that often go unnoticed. Yet, it's in these silhouettes of struggle where the most profound stories of advocacy are written.

Every day, we walk through a world painted with the broad strokes of news headlines and social media sound bites. But, have you ever stopped to consider the nuanced narratives that dance behind these bold lines? These are the stories I want to bring to the forefront today - the art of advocacy in prose, a realm where every word is a march, every sentence a protest, and every paragraph a rally cry for change.

Think about the last time you read something that made you pause, that stirred something deep within you. Maybe it was a line in a LinkedIn article, a quote shared by a colleague, or a story that traversed your social feed. These words, though silent, have the power to echo through our lives, reminding us of the struggles and triumphs of those who came before us.

Now, imagine starting your day not with the usual skim through emails or the cursory glance at the news, but with a deliberate dive into a piece of advocacy prose. Maybe it's a fiery piece from a modern-day Langston Hughes, a poignant essay reminiscent of Maya Angelou's grace, or a satirical bite that echoes George Carlin. This daily ritual becomes your window into the world of others, a lens through which you view the struggles and triumphs of people whose experiences might vastly differ from your own.

The power of these stories lies not just in their ability to inform, but in their capacity to evoke high-arousal emotions - excitement, awe, even righteous anger. These are not just words on a page; they are the embodiment of struggles and hopes, the undercurrent of society's ongoing battles. As you read, you're not just a passive consumer; you're an active participant in a narrative that challenges, disrupts, and inspires.

Through the art of advocacy in prose, we witness the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. We see the silhouette of a woman, standing resolute against the injustices she faces, her story woven into a narrative that reaches out from the page and grabs us by the collar. We hear the voice of a young activist, their words a fusion of Malcolm X’s fervor and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s introspective depth, painting a picture of a world that could be, if only we dare to imagine and act.

As we reach the end of these narratives, there's a lingering sense of connection, an unspoken bond with the protagonists of these tales. Their struggles become a part of our daily consciousness, their victories a shared triumph. This is the art of advocacy in prose - not just a collection of words, but a living, breathing movement.

The Lasting Shadow of Colonial Legacies: A Global Perspective

In the dance of history, shadows loom large, some darker and deeper than others. Here, we explore one such shadow that still stretches across continents, whispering tales of past and present.

Imagine walking through a bustling street market. You see vibrant colors, smell exotic spices, and hear a cacophony of voices bargaining, laughing, and living. This market is not just a place of trade; it's a living, breathing mosaic of history, culture, and human resilience. Every day, as you pass through, you're reminded of the legacy that shapes it – the legacy of colonialism.

In "Britain's Gulag," Caroline Elkins painstakingly uncovers the brutalities of British colonial rule in Kenya. But she is not alone in her quest to bring light to the dark corners of history. Authors like David Anderson, in "Histories of the Hanged," and L.S.B. Leakey with "Mau Mau and the Kikuyu," also delve into the intricate tapestry of resistance and suppression.

These works aren’t just historical accounts; they are mirrors reflecting the ongoing struggles worldwide, from the West Bank to the Amazon Rainforest. They reveal a pattern, an unsettling rhythm of power, resistance, and the human cost of empire.

The emotional resonance of these narratives is profound. They evoke a sense of urgency, a call to recognize and address the lingering effects of colonialism. They challenge us to question the status quo, just as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. did in their time, pushing us towards a world that acknowledges its past to build a fairer future.

Their stories remind us, in a style reminiscent of Seth Godin's incisive prose and Neil Patel's persuasive narratives, that the past is not just a series of events to be read but a continuous thread that weaves into our present and future.

So, what do we do with this knowledge? We start by acknowledging it every day. Whether it's in our professional dealings, our educational systems, or our personal beliefs, recognizing the impact of colonial legacies is the first step towards transformative change.

And as we share these stories, we tap into the power of high-arousal emotions – not just of anger or sorrow, but of hope and determination. Like the compelling narratives of Toni Morrison or the fiery speeches of Cornel West, these stories have the power to move, to shake foundations, and to inspire action.

The legacy of colonialism is not just a shadow of the past; it's a living, breathing presence that shapes our world today. It's in the inequalities that persist, in the cultural narratives that shape our perceptions, and in the struggles for justice and recognition that continue across the globe.

As we close this narrative journey, remember: the echoes of history are not just echoes; they are calls to action, reminders of what has been and what can still be changed. The shadow of colonial legacies may be long, but in its understanding and acknowledgement, we find the light of awareness and the possibility of a new dawn.

Sapiens to Citizens: Yuval Noah Harari and the Evolution of American Society

 Sapiens to Citizens: Yuval Noah Harari and the Evolution of American Society - this title might evoke images of a grand historical timeline, but it's more than that. It's about the journey of humanity, especially in the American context, from primal beginnings to complex societal structures. Let's dive into this evolution, with a twist that you might not expect.

When Yuval Noah Harari discusses the journey from Sapiens to citizens, he paints a picture of an evolutionary saga, a transformation that's as dramatic as it is profound. But here's the twist: this evolution is not just about history; it's about us, today, in the American society. It's a mirror that reflects our daily struggles, triumphs, and the mundane in-betweens.

Imagine starting your day with a simple habit - reading a historical fact about America. Sounds straightforward, right? But as you sip your coffee and read about the Boston Tea Party, you're not just learning about a revolt over tea and taxes. You're connecting with the spirit of rebellion and change that courses through the veins of America. This daily ritual, though small, keeps the essence of 'Sapiens to Citizens' alive in your mind. It's a reminder of where we came from and, more importantly, where we're heading.

Now, let’s add some high-arousal emotions to the mix. Think about the Civil Rights Movement - an era of intense struggle and immense courage. It's not just a chapter in a history book; it's a source of awe and inspiration. The bravery of those who fought for equality ignites a fire in our hearts. It's this emotion that makes you want to share these stories, to ensure that the legacy of these battles continues to shape our society.

Here's where the narrative of our blog title truly weaves its magic. The evolution from Sapiens to citizens isn't just a historical journey; it's a personal one. Each of us, in our own way, contributes to this ongoing transformation. We are not just passive observers of history; we are active participants in the shaping of our society.

Policy Craftsmanship: U.S. Intelligence as a Tool for Global Leadership

 In a world where the geopolitical chessboard is constantly shifting, understanding the subtle plays and counterplays is vital for any policy craftsman. This blog delves into the art of using U.S. intelligence as a strategic tool in this complex game of global leadership.

Amidst the ever-evolving landscape of global power, the subtle art of policy craftsmanship has never been more critical. With the West, led by the United States, facing off against Eastern titans China and Russia, and the diverse nations of the "Global South," the stage is set for a dance of diplomacy and strategy, reminiscent of a complex ballet. It's here, in this intricate interplay, where U.S. intelligence emerges not just as a tool, but as a masterful artist, painting strokes of geopolitical influence.

Imagine this: A typical morning in the life of a U.S. policy maker begins not with the usual coffee and newspaper, but with a curated intelligence brief that reads like Mark Twain's satire, layered with the strategic depth of Sun Tzu. It's an insightful blend of humor and wit, offering a daily digest of geopolitical contemplations that are both enlightening and subtly humorous.

As we traverse this narrative, we're reminded of the enduring strategies of strategic maestros, whose legacies echo through the corridors of power. Their wisdom, intertwined with modern-day intelligence insights, guides the United States in its delicate dance with global powers.

In this intricate global ballet, the United States, akin to a skilled choreographer, must navigate not just the bold moves of Russia and China but also the nuanced steps of nations in the Global South. The intelligence gathered becomes a beacon, illuminating paths through the economic tug-of-war and military posturing that sketch the contemporary geopolitical landscape.

But it's not just about the moves made today; it's also about understanding the historical legacies that shape these dynamics. We see patterns reminiscent of past geopolitical dances, offering insights into potential future steps. This historical context is crucial, allowing U.S. policymakers to anticipate and influence the global narrative.

As we weave through this narrative, the role of U.S. intelligence in shaping global leadership emerges prominently. It's a testament to the power of information, strategy, and the right amount of creative wit in navigating the complex world stage.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Kenya World AIDS Day: 'I was sterilised for being HIV positive'

Four Kenyans have won a legal battle against MSF, Marie Stopes International and a state-run hospital.

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Guinea-Bissau: Heavy gunfire heard in capital

Special forces exchanged gunfire with National Guard members after a detained minister was released.

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Climate crisis: Three women helping wildlife survive

Climate change is a threat to thousands of animal species, including gorillas, pangolins and turtles.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Seventy-year-old Ugandan woman gives birth to twins - hospital

Safina Namukwaya used IVF treatment to conceive and gave birth via caesarean.

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Deyda Hydara murder: Gambian sentenced in Germany for crimes against humanity

Bai Lowe drove for a unit that killed opponents of the ex-regime, including journalist Deyda Hydara.

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Rema: Calm down singer cancels December shows for health reasons

"It breaks my heart," the Afrobeats star tells fans on Instagram, but says he needs time to recuperate.

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