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Jul 30, 2013

Insight: In the shadow of Mandela, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe fights on

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Both are hailed as African liberation heroes and both preached, and were praised for, messages of reconciliation and unity when their countries threw off the shackles of white minority rule.

But while South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, now 95, retired and ill in hospital, is basking in glowing world tributes, Robert Mugabe, 89, who helped turn former Rhodesia into independent Zimbabwe, is fighting to stay in power as Africa’s oldest ruler.

Jul 24, 2013

South Africa’s ex-ANC ‘bad boy’ plans election bid against the odds

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – He wears a red beret, talks the language of Revolution and calls himself “Commander in Chief”.

Any echo of Venezuela’s late firebrand socialist leader Hugo Chavez is not accidental.

Jul 23, 2013

Insight: ‘Donors’ darling’ Mozambique looks less loveable after attacks

BOBOLE, Mozambique (Reuters) – At Bobole, a bustling refreshment stop on Mozambique’s north-south highway, brightly-painted kiosks lined with bottles offer drinks to thirsty travelers while hawkers sell bananas, paw-paws and carrots in a typical African roadside scene.

But memories remain fresh off when Bobole lay in the “death corridor” of a civil war that cost nearly one million Mozambicans their lives until it ended two decades ago.

Jul 23, 2013

“Donors’ darling” Mozambique looks less loveable after attacks

BOBOLE, Mozambique, July 23 (Reuters) – At Bobole, a
bustling refreshment stop on Mozambique’s north-south highway,
brightly-painted kiosks lined with bottles offer drinks to
thirsty travellers while hawkers sell bananas, paw-paws and
carrots in a typical African roadside scene.

But memories remain fresh of when Bobole lay in the “death
corridor” of a civil war that cost nearly one million
Mozambicans their lives until it ended two decades ago.

Jun 20, 2013

Insurgency threat may dim Mozambique’s shine for investors

MAPUTO/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – An economic take-off in Mozambique driven by bumper coal and gas discoveries two decades after the end of a civil war is facing disruption from disgruntled former guerrillas who feel they have not benefited from the post-conflict dividend.

A public threat by the ex-rebel Renamo opposition party to paralyze central rail and road links has put the Frelimo government on alert and alarmed diplomats and investors.

May 26, 2013

Africa defence force never more needed but still a paper tiger

JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A website created for Africa’s proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission “to support and keep peace for Africa’s prosperity and a better life for all in the world”.

But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site (www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE. htm) and the response is a dispiriting “page cannot be found”.

May 26, 2013

Analysis: Africa defense force never more needed but still a paper tiger

JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A website created for Africa’s proposed continental defense force proclaims a lofty mission “to support and keep peace for Africa’s prosperity and a better life for all in the world”.

But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site (www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE.htm) and the response is a dispiriting “page cannot be found”.

May 10, 2013

Africa’s “lift-off” held back by illicit finance drain: AfDB

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa’s economic development is being held back by a “hemorrhage” of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses.

A draft report to be presented at the AfDB’s annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent.

May 10, 2013

Africa’s emerging middle class drives growth and democracy

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – After years of headlines about Africa’s poverty, its emerging middle class is now grabbing attention as a driver of growth and democracy and an expanding pool of consumers for market-hungry retailers.

Consumer demand is a motor of Africa’s economic and investment surge, and analysts see middle class buyers with swelling disposable income as fuelling this boom from South Africa to Nigeria and Kenya.

Apr 15, 2013

Africa to have robust 2013-15 growth, must work on poverty: World Bank

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday.

In its latest Africa’s Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world’s poorest continent.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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