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The health news that made the headlines

In November came the news that the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria was in a financial crisis, because of declining donor commitments and failure by donors to honor existing commitments. The Fund’s board cancelled Round 11 of its funding applications, which was supposed to provide money for 2011 to 2013.

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Fair and Lovely

Horrified by the skin-lightening creams you see advertised in the cityscapes of Africa? Wait till you see the adverts people walk past daily in India or Sri Lanka. This huge…..

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New Indians in Africa

The Guardian has a piece on India’s growing economic influence on the continent. It opens with Manmohan Singh receiving a red-carpet welcome as he led a delegation to the India-Africa summit…..

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Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa

Relevant (and longish) excerpt from Anita Desai’s review of Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography, _Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India_; in The New York Review of Books; she…..

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These People Have Been Contacted

Wired.com, which usually knows better, has a photo gallery on its site that “takes you on a tour” of “the last uncontacted people.”  What drove them to publish the images…..

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Outer Space

Specific nuances and cultural references aside, this analysis by Indian writer Arundhati Roy of middle class ‘victim’ politics may apply to certain urban elites in many African countries, including some of…..

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The Indians are Coming

This is an ad to promote the wares of Willow TV–the California-based portal for live Internet streaming of big cricket matches-ahead of India’s tour of South Africa, a tour that…..

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The 'Lost Bushmen'

It is still okay to create the most objectionable stereotypes about certain Africans and for it to be considered fine. An Indian soft drink company, Parle Agro, is marketing a…..