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Sean Jacobs

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The Worst Places in the World to Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 1:59 PM

If you don't count Baghdad, Pyongyang (North Korea) or Harare (Zimbabwe) -- cities affected by war or economic sanctions -- which cities are the most challenging places to work in?

Business Week asked a New York-based human resources consultancy, ORC Worldwide, to provide a list of the toughest cities in...

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Obama Campaigns for South African Ruling Party ... in Zulu

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 10:56 AM

More like South Africa's embattled ruling party, the African National Congress is using Barack Obama to attract voters. National and provincial elections are set for next month (April 22).

The party has unveiled its new election song: "NjengoBarack Obama owaleth' utshintsho e-America, votelani i-ANC kube nokuthula e-Africa." Translated it means:...

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Is Spanking Children to Discipline Them, American?

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2008 | 12:38 PM

Bill Clinton Hadam is the 6-year old son of Congolese refugees entering his first school year in suburban Clarkson, Georgia. The Christian Science Monitor is chronicling his first school year in a special multimedia feature on their website. Bill's grades have not been that good, so his teachers and parents...

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Rwandan Musician Convicted of Genocide for Making Songs of Hate

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 9:34 AM

The New York Times reports that a famous Rwandan musician, Simon Bikindi, has been convicted of incitement to genocide and sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the hate campaign against Tutsi that led to the 1994 genocide.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found Mr....
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Pirates with PR

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2008 | 11:31 AM

Pirates off Somalia's coast in the Horn of Africa are having a good time, hijacking ships, capturing its expensive cargo (which includes guns, tanks, among others) and crews, demanding huge ransoms (in one case demanding $35 million for a ship), at the same managing to hold at bay some...

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WATCH: Obama's First White House Press Conference

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2008 | 8:26 PM

Barack Obama's first press conference in the White House Press Room is still at least two months away, but a long time ago, when NBC gave Richard Pryor his own show, the comedian had some fun with that idea. Pryor's character was the 40th President of the United States.

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WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel Goes to Black Barbershop to Vet Jokes On Obama

(4) Comments | Posted November 24, 2008 | 10:16 AM

Jimmy Kimmel goes to a black barbershop to vet jokes on Barack Obama and forgets to pay for his haircut.


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WATCH: School Renamed in New York in Honor of Barack Obama

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2008 | 10:06 AM

Ludlow Elementary School in Long Long Island has been renamed Barack Obama Elementary School in honor of the President-elect.

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Desmond Tutu on Obama and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2008 | 8:57 AM

Desmond Tutu, awarded the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to Apartheid and who first voted at age 63 in South Africa's first democratic elections in April 1994, told Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman how he feels about Obama's election:

"Yippee! No, 'yippee' actually -- it captures something that is...
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Barack Obama Could Not Have Won in Africa

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2008 | 1:31 PM

While most observers have been taken in by how the rest of the world are still celebrating Barack Obama's victory, others are using his victory to ask hard questions about racism in Europe and now democracy in Africa, the continent of his father.

In a piece that is making...

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Barack Obama Is 'the Model Kenyan'

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2008 | 9:21 AM

When Barack Obama, then a new US Senator from Illinois, traveled to Kenya in 2006 (as part of a four-nation tour) to see his grandmother, he was quick to remind people he is an American politician:

I'm the senator from Illinois, not the senator from Kogelo (his father's birthplace), so...
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GOP ''... is now more like South Africa during apartheid'

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2008 | 9:12 AM

New York Times correspondent Frank Rich -- perhaps with the GOP's historic relationship with South Africa's Apartheid government in mind -- makes a present day comparison:

The G.O.P. ran out of steam and ideas well before George W. Bush took office and Tom DeLay ran amok,...

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Not Everyone in Europe Happy America Has Black President

(43) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 3:01 PM

Though Europeans generally rejoiced in Barack Obama's election as 44th President of the United States, a number of leading European lawmakers and journalists have made "foot-in-mouth comments" regarding America's black President-elect, reports the Washington Post.

These include a leading Austrian television journalist, Klaus Emmerich, who a day after the...

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Desmond Tutu Compares Obama to Nelson Mandela; Calls Him "Post-Racial" President

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 2:26 PM

Desmond Tutu, the South African religious leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, praised President-Elect Barack Obama, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, comparing Obama to Nelson Mandela and suggesting he'll usher in a post-racial political age in the United States.

Tutu, who more recently...

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Sarah Palin's Kenyan Pastor Lied

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 11:19 AM

Thomas Muthee -- the Kenyan evangelist who was propelled to Youtube stardom (or infamy) when a video of him praying over Sarah Palin at Wasilla Bible Church and asking Jesus to protect her from "the spirit of witchcraft" -- may have not told the truth about his prowess with "witches"...

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The Exit of George Bush's "Point Man" in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2008 | 10:39 AM

Thabo Mbeki -- unceremoniously dumped by his party as South Africa's President last weekend -- was routinely referred to by George W. Bush as his "point man" in Africa. For the leading member of a movement with historical ties to the Soviet Union that until recently was on the...

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