Ethiopia’s First Female President

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Ethiopia’s Parliament appointed the country’s first female President, Sahle-Work Zewde in a unanimous decision. Prime Minister Chief of Staff Fitsum Arega tweeted, “In a patriarchal society such as ours, the appointment of a female head of state not only sets the standard for the future but also normalizes women as decision-makers in public life.” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed filled his cabinet with …

Remembering 100 Days of Slaughter: The Rwandan Genocide

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Monday marked the 20th anniversary of one of the worst atrocities in human history—the Rwandan Genocide. On April 7, 1994, a massacre commenced; 100 days later, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were slain. A commemoration, which was attended by numerous world leaders and thousands of Rwandans, took place in the nation’s capital city of Kigali. President Paul Kagame began the event by …

Mass Incarceration: Slavery By Another Name

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The Afrikan Student Union at UCLA currently exists to promote, protect and serve the social, educational, and political interests of people of Afrikan descent. On Tuesday, February 4th, ASU Administrative Staff introduced a resolution to UCLA’s Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC) urging it, the UCLA Foundation, and the UC Regents to divest from corporations that have investments in the two …

Central African Republic Receives First Female President

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Amidst the absence of a formal government, on Monday, January 20, a transitional parliament appointed Catherine Samba-Panza, 58, as interim president of the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). She will serve as the CAR’s very first female president. Samba-Panza, a businesswoman and mayor of the nation’s capital of Bangui, will be entrusted with the task of restoring order and stability …