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The Other Africa

Africa often makes headlines for its post-colonial civil wars, corrupt politicians, extreme poverty and malnourished populations. But increasingly across the continent, technological advancement, economic might and social changes are presenting another image of Africa.

Worldfocus travels to Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania to report on the 21st century version of Africa, where women are forging political revolutions, cell phones are leapfrogging over the digital divide and China is cultivating friendships with African nations.

"The Other Africa" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, online radio shows, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.

The Other Africa

Worldfocus Radio: Rwanda as Regional Power

Worldfocus Radio

Worldfocus Radio: Rwanda as Regional Power

Rwanda has come a long way since a horrific genocide 16 years ago resulted in the death of around 800,000 Tutsis, as well as "moderate" Hutus who opposed the genocidaires. The Rwandan leader is often seen as a model for the developing world. Martin Savidge hosts Stephen Kinzer and Noel Twagiramungu to discuss the issues.

Posted: February 24, 2010 14:57   Comments: 13
Gays in Africa face increasing homophobia

Blogwatch

Gays in Africa face increasing homophobia

In October 2009, Uganda proposed a bill that would introduce the death penalty for those who are HIV-positive. In Malawi the first gay couple to marry openly was arrested in early January 2010 and faces up to 14 years in prison. Read how African bloggers have reacted to increased legal restrictions.

Posted: February 2, 2010 15:56   Comments: 4
Obama and the World: Africa

Interview

Obama and the World: Africa

For part 2 of our "Obama and the World" series on the first year of Obama's foreign policy, we turn to Africa. Martin Savidge is joined by Sarjoh Bah, a senior fellow at New York University's Center on International Cooperation, and Emira Woods, co-director of the Foreign Policy in Focus program at the Institute of Policy Studies, to discuss American foreign policy and Africa.

Posted: January 19, 2010 18:30   Comments: 3
West African leaders pledge to battle corruption

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West African leaders pledge to battle corruption

Worldfocus contributing blogger Ayo Johnson writes about the importance of battling corruption in Africa. He points to certain leaders who exemplify efforts to change a practice that costs Africa over $150 billion per year.

Posted: January 7, 2010 16:01   Comments: 26
South Africa celebrates infamous prison’s football past

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South Africa celebrates infamous prison’s football past

South Africa's infamous Robben Island jail held more than 3,000 political prisoners during the apartheid era. Its most famous prisoner was Nelson Mandela. Surprisingly enough, the prison was also home to a football league. Al Jazeera English's Andy Richardson reports from Robben Island.

Posted: December 4, 2009 12:09   Comments: 0
Worldfocus Radio: Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia

Worldfocus Radio

Worldfocus Radio: Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian government is trying to strengthen local and regional businesses and attract foreign direct investment. Martin Savidge hosts Ethiopian businessman Ermyas Amelga and economics professor Phillip LeBel to discuss how easy it is to do business in Ethiopia and who's investing. LISTEN NOW.

Posted: October 28, 2009 20:33   Comments: 7
In birthplace of coffee, Ethiopian farmers plant other crops

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In birthplace of coffee, Ethiopian farmers plant other crops

Because Ethiopian farmers are fragmented and disorganized, they cannot leverage for higher coffee prices. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Seemungal reports on why farmers are deciding to plant corn and khat, a leafy drug that is chewed with stimulating effects somewhere between caffeine and cocaine.

Posted: October 28, 2009 15:06   Comments: 6
Old ways endure in remote rural village in northern Ethiopia

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Old ways endure in remote rural village in northern Ethiopia

Worldfocus correspondent Martin Seemungal travels to a remote village in the highlands of Ethiopia. He observes a traditional way of life that is virtually cut off from the rest of the world.

Posted: October 27, 2009 16:52   Comments: 11
Famine eclipses Ethiopia’s beauty and rich history

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Famine eclipses Ethiopia’s beauty and rich history

Twenty-five years after famine devastated Ethiopia, poverty still mars the country's image. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Seemungal explores another side of Ethiopia. He reports on Ethiopia's people, religion, beauty and explores the relics that dot the landscape in the northern part of the country.

Posted: October 26, 2009 14:26   Comments: 16
American doctors aiding African medical programs

Interview

American doctors aiding African medical programs

Doc to Dock collects surplus medical supplies - such as hospital beds from a facility that is upgrading - and ships them to Africa. Dalijit Dhaliwal spoke last week with Doc to Dock's founder, Dr. Bruce Charash.

Posted: October 15, 2009 14:14   Comments: 7
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