Top of the Blogs 2017 #16

Journalist’s death sparks anger over maternal death in Zambia

The recent death of Zambian journalist Sitembile Siwawa Zulu while giving birth has reignited the debate around maternal death, with Zambia having one of the highest mortality rates in the world, according to UNICEF. Zulu’s death led to a massive campaign on social media to highlight the plight of women in labor with the hashtag #NoWomanShouldDieWhileGivingBirth. Contributors even questioned why the issue of maternal mortality rarely makes it to the front page of the media.

Cyril Ramaphosa and the Irrelevance of Adultery

“Those who think that politicians should be held to a higher moral standard than other influential people seem guilty of an inconsistency.” This sums up how blogger Jacques Rousseau sees the recent disclosure of several extra-marital relationships in recent years concerning South African politician and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The article sheds light on a common phenomenon: people expect virtue from political leaders even if it has nothing to do with their ability to do their work properly. The psychological angle of the article is particularly interesting as the political succession battle features a lot political leaders’ private lives in the media.

Angola’s ruling party regains power but faces legitimacy questions

After the elections and the victory of João Lourenço, the new president of the ruling MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), Angola finally has a new president after 38 years. Nevertheless these new elections bring fresh uncertainty. The MPLA faces many critics and while the opposition claims egregious procedural irregularities the results still show a loss of popular support of the MPLA. In the capital Luanda, the official results showed that the MPLA only won with 48,21%. It means that president Lourenço governs now in a city where the majority of the population doesn’t want him and his party.

EU nations authorized their vessels to unlawfully fish in African waters

According to Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization for ocean conservation, some European Union member states authorized unlawful fishing activities off the coast of Africa for more than three years. Illegal fishing is a major issue as the world’s seas run out of fish and is a major threat to West African countries such as Senegal, Equatorial Guinea and Somalia where illegal fishing costs and estimated $2 billion annually aside from the pillaging of marine beds and depletion of vulnerable marine species.

Experts call for early-warning systems against malnutrition in Africa

Malnutrition is a terrible scourge in Africa. Nutrition experts recently recommended that the African Development Bank should develop early-warning systems to prevent it. The article explains how the idea of the early-warning system was born and how it should work to help eradicate malnutrition but focusing on the environment (with the prevention of droughts) agriculture, nutrition and public health.

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