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The unexpected virtues of flirting with dictatorship: Why Kenya’s ruling coalition is getting cosy with the Communist Party of China
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Politics and Society The unexpected virtues of flirting with dictatorship: Why Kenya’s ruling coalition is getting cosy with the Communist Party of China

Turns out Kenya’s ruling coalition is not completely sold on democracy. The Jubilee coalition, which is aiming to turn itself into a political party in September, has started a tawdry romance with the Communist Party of China (CPC). Many Kenyans are worried that Jubilee sees an “ideological ally” in China’s all-powerful, unelected, inscrutable party machine that is basically living every dictator’s wet dream. But there’s perhaps a simpler explanation for the new courtship. Jubilee just wants “Uncle Sugar” to pump in more cash. New roads and railways don’t just build themselves you know

Two Tanzanian sisters with albinism granted asylum in the U.S.
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Politics and Society Two Tanzanian sisters with albinism granted asylum in the U.S.

In a landmark case, two teenage sisters from Tanzania who are living with albinism have been granted asylum in the U.S. with help from students at the USC Gould School of Law. The sisters, Tindi Mashamba and Bibiana Mashamba have been in the U.S. to allow Bibiana to be fitted with a prosthetic leg after a horrible attack motivated by superstitious beliefs.

Tanzania starts training tailors as regional ban on second hand clothes loom
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Politics and Society Tanzania starts training tailors as regional ban on second hand clothes loom

Tanzania has started a programme to train tailors in anticipation of plans to implement a regional ban on the importation of second-hand clothes and footwear by 2019. The training is in accordance with the government’s industrialisation plan, and the East African Community’s plan to boost regional trade.

Crowdfunding initiative raises $86,150 for Ethiopian silver-medallist Lilesa
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Politics and Society Crowdfunding initiative raises $86,150 for Ethiopian silver-medallist Lilesa

A crowdfunding initiative to support Ethiopian athlete Feyisa Lilesa, the Olympic men’s marathon silver medallist, who made a brave gesture in solidarity with Oromo protesters has raised $86,150. The campaign team set a new $100,000 target after reaching the two initial goals in less than 24 hours. Lilesa has been hailed for his “extra-ordinary heroism”.

Twitter reacts to Lynsey Sharp’s controversial comment after Semenya’s victory
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Arts and Culture Twitter reacts to Lynsey Sharp’s controversial comment after Semenya’s victory

British athlete Lynsey Sharp has raised the ire of social media with her remarks, which seems to suggest she lost to Caster Semenya because it’s “difficult” to compete against the South African because of recent suspended hyperandrogenism regulations. Sharp stirred a hornet’s nest with comments implying that the reforms, allowing hyperandrogenic athletes to avoid artificially controlling testosterone levels made it difficult to fairly compete.

The This Is Africa website launch: How we threw the party of the year in Nairobi
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Lifestyle The This Is Africa website launch: How we threw the party of the year in Nairobi

Ain’t no party like a This Is Africa website launch party! Just ask everyone in Nairobi where last week, This Is Africa put together the launch of the year to roll out our new-look website and debut the French version of the site. The launch was so ridiculously well attended our hosts, Nairobi’s swankiest new spot the Radisson Blu, had to make adjustments to contain the overflow. We’d love to tell you that the who’s who of Nairobi’s media, entertainment, civil society and industry attended the launch but why do that when we show you? Have a look for yourself