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    The African News and Politics Thread

    A land with 54 nations, over 1 billion people, thousands of languages and cultures, but oh so under reported and misunderstood. This thread is dedicated to the sharong of news and politics from all over the continent, for discussion, debate and hopefully a little enlightenment

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    First up a few updates on the biggest stories out of Africa at the moment.

    The ongoing Ethiopian Airlines crashprobe is pointing in the direction of a flaw in the Boeing 737's safety features

    The Mozambique-Zimbabwe-Malawi cyclone might end up going down as the biggest disaster in the southern hemisphere

    and in Algeria, the army generals seem to think the protesters demands are noble
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    Yeah I'm surprised that the cyclone hasn't been hitting our news more than it is. Absolutely horrific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andruid View Post
    A land with 54 nations, over 1 billion people, thousands of languages and cultures, but oh so under reported and misunderstood. This thread is dedicated to the sharong of news and politics from all over the continent, for discussion, debate and hopefully a little enlightenment
    About time
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    Botswana.

    Land is free, university is free.

    We don't have great universities in the country. Up until a few years ago when you finished school you'd go and sign up for university at the Ministry of Education. They'd get back to you a few months later telling you where you'd go and what you'd study. Like, "Congratulations, you'll be an Electrical Engineer and you'll spend four years studying in Adelaide, Australia." Thousands of village kids have interesting careers all over the world because of this. To few were coming back so they've started phasing it out and educating in-house.


    When you turn 21 you are entitled to apply for 4 different kinds of plots - residantial, commercial, subsistence agriculture, ranch. Waiting lists are long, but you will eventually be allocated one on which to do what you want.


    It's quite quick to get a ranch plot - just drive out in the kalahari and peg it, like the US homesteaders. You can peg a circle up to 8km in diameter.


    Oh, also up until the early 2000's you were entitled to 100 goats when you turned 21.


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    However, Botswana is not quite as well off as it seems. It has greatly improved from a very low base and unlike most African countries it is very stable economically, politically and has low crime. However Botswana still has high poverty and inequality, the claiming of land for farming has had some abuse problems, forced displacement, and also affects the environment big time. And as mentioned previously they have a huge HIV/Aids crisis.

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    Up until a few years ago when you finished school you'd go and sign up for university at the Ministry of Education. They'd get back to you a few months later telling you where you'd go and what you'd study. Like, "Congratulations, you'll be an Electrical Engineer and you'll spend four years studying in Adelaide, Australia." Thousands of village kids have interesting careers all over the world because of this.
    Damn.. Wish I'd grown up in Botswana instead of putting myself through the IIT-JEE bollocks here.
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    https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov...-18.0966796875

    You can see a huge flood on the Pungwe River on the false colour satellite image. The whole area seems to be low-lying marshland when dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andruid View Post
    First up a few updates on the biggest stories out of Africa at the moment.

    The ongoing Ethiopian Airlines crashprobe is pointing in the direction of a flaw in the Boeing 737's safety features

    The Mozambique-Zimbabwe-Malawi cyclone might end up going down as the biggest disaster in the southern hemisphere

    and in Algeria, the army generals seem to think the protesters demands are noble
    I didn't realise the FLN were still going. Just assumed they disbanded or something after the French left Algeria.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    I didn't realise the FLN were still going. Just assumed they disbanded or something after the French left Algeria.
    They've been running the show all along

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    I didn't realise the FLN were still going. Just assumed they disbanded or something after the French left Algeria.
    They've been running the show all along

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    An African Comprehensive Free Trade Area just one ratification away from coming into force
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    Quote Originally Posted by andruid View Post
    They've been running the show all along
    I looked up the history, and yeah, they didn't exactly bow out after the French left. There's probably some theory out there arguing that when a revolutionary party doesn't disband after the revolution, then it increases the risk of instability. If it's not an established theory, some BA student will steal this post.
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