Daps, the Flex God, Is the Director Behind Your Favorite Wizkid, Migos & Stormzy Videos

Depending on whom you ask, it’s the best rap video of 2017. Those are two of the biggest directors in rap video history. If you ain’t got the balls for it, you’re going to crack. A lot of music videos, and rap videos in particular, have a very distinctive way of depicting women. If most rap videos look a certain way, and one of the main elements of rap videos are women, depicting them in a less sexualized light is also a way of differentiating myself.

April 11, 2017 17:37 UTC

North African Migrants Sold in Libya's Slave Markets

Testimony from dozens of young men who have survived their ordeals presents a shocking and destructive picture of a slave trade operated by smugglers in Libya profiting from the misery of others. In other cases, the IOM says, young men are kidnapped en route to their destination, held for ransom and then auctioned off to the highest bidder in Libya. IOM Chief of Mission for Libya Othman Belbeisi says the migrants are treated as commodities to be bought and sold on the slave market. “If a migrant is being killed, sometimes it is considered normal and many of the migrants are buried without identification. The IOM says that migrants often are abused, tortured, and discarded when they have outlived their value.

April 11, 2017 16:07 UTC

Climb The Highest Mountain In North Africa – In A Weekend

The mini-epic in question involves flying to Morocco on a Friday to climb Mount Toubkal – at 4,167m, the highest peak in north Africa – then heading back to the UK on Monday. The idea came about when personal trainer and outdoor enthusiast Laurence Dawson wanted an adventure that fitted into an unforgiving schedule. “About six years ago I was working towards my Mountain Leader Award,” says Dawson. Some groups choose to leave the refuge pre-dawn but that means you end up ascending the mountain with headtorches. It’s hard to believe that just 24 hours earlier I was in the rugged and dramatic north African wilderness.

April 11, 2017 15:56 UTC

Libya: Abu Dhabi bolsters support for Haftar

Al Nahyan, also deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces was glorious of visiting Haftar who is seeking support from a traditional ally. The prince commented Haftar for flatting terrorist in Benghazi and stamping out terrorism from the region, Libyan herald reports. Posted by Kamailoudini Tagba Kamailoudini Tagba Independent Journalist, Freelance Interpreter and Toastmasters International Competent Communicator (CC), speech writer, based in Togo, West Africa Attended Central China Normal University (China), MA in Linguistics and Communication. Kamailoudini Tagba is UNESCO scholarship Alumni, interested in International Relations studies and Security Studies. Kamailoudini Tagba, trained as journalist at Togo state radio, worked for the African Network of Culture Promoters and Entrepreneurs (rapec) as news writer.

April 11, 2017 15:45 UTC

Egypt: Pope Francis maintains visit despite blast massacre

“There is no doubt the Holy Father will maintain his offer to go to Egypt” on April 28 and 29, Becciu added. The Argentine Holy Father on Sunday condemned the attacks and sent his condolences to the injured and the family of the victims. Posted by Kamailoudini Tagba Kamailoudini Tagba Independent Journalist, Freelance Interpreter and Toastmasters International Competent Communicator (CC), speech writer, based in Togo, West Africa Attended Central China Normal University (China), MA in Linguistics and Communication. Kamailoudini Tagba is UNESCO scholarship Alumni, interested in International Relations studies and Security Studies. Kamailoudini Tagba, trained as journalist at Togo state radio, worked for the African Network of Culture Promoters and Entrepreneurs (rapec) as news writer.

April 11, 2017 15:33 UTC



As winning streak falters analysts debate where next for oil

Gemma Acton | @GemmaActonOil prices traded lower in the early European session following the longest positive streak of the year for the commodity as analysts remained divided on where the price will head from here. Among the bears, Stephen Jones, chief investment officer (CIO) at Kames Capital says that oil prices are unlikely to rebound significantly from here given a supply glut and increasingly sophisticated oil extraction methods. Breaking out above those highs will require clear indications of significant rapid drawdowns in U.S. crude oil inventories. There’s OPEC and there’s U.S. shale gas and oil. U.S. is making shale oil like crazy and therefore the supply is greater than demand,” McGrade opined.

April 11, 2017 15:11 UTC

West African Migrants Sold in Libyan Slave Markets

Harrowing tales of West African migrants being sold in Libyan slave markets have become too common, with some survivors saying they are usually forced to work without pay and their captors regularly demand ransom from their families back home. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants,” IOM Head of Operation and Emergencies Mohammed Abdiker says. The survivor interviewed by IOM revealed that his captors asked for 300,000 West African francs then sold him on to other captors where the ransom doubled. He said that migrants who stayed in the detention camps for too long without their ransom being paid were taken away and killed. The organization now hopes to use personal stories and experiences of migrants who have managed to return home to inform West Africans of the horrors that migrants face on their dangerous journeys to Europe.

April 11, 2017 15:00 UTC

IHS: Pay TV booming in Middle Eas

IHS: Pay TV booming in Middle East & North AfricaAccording to IHS Markit, the pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa is the fastest-growing region in the world, and has surpassed five million households for the first time. Statistics shared by research analyst IHS indicate that the pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa experienced record growth in 2016 despite the harsh economic climate. “The Middle East and North Africa region is one of the fastest growing regions for pay TV, in both subscriber numbers and revenues,” commented Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, senior analyst at IHS Markit. Subscription services drive growthTotal online video market revenues in the Middle East and North Africa region stood at $500 (£401) million in 2016, a year-on-year growth of 51% from 2015. Subscription accounted for over 30% of the total online video market in 2016, and is expected to contribute 45% of total market revenues by 2020.

April 11, 2017 14:48 UTC

Algeria Beats the Drums of Proxy War in Sahara

Fueling tension in the southernmost tip of the Sahara is meant to block Morocco from connecting with its African depth. Avid of the conspiracy theory, the autocratic regime in Algiers may try to spark a war in the Sahara using the Polisario to unite their disentangling domestic front. However, their main assumption is that the war may be a limited low-intensity war where the Polisario may re-exercise the guerilla hit-and-run tactics by attacking Moroccan territory and seeking sanctuary in Algeria. The spectre of a generalized war between Morocco and Algeria remains on the table if war resumes. In the meanwhile, Morocco adopts a wait and see stand waiting for the Algerian regime to crumble from the inside.

April 11, 2017 14:03 UTC

Pay TV market growth in Middle East and North Africa

Research agency IHS Markit has revealed the growth in the pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa. Pay TV households topped the five million mark (+8 percent) for the first time in the region’s history. ALSO READ: MENA Pay TV Market Monitor 2017“The Middle East and North Africa region is one of the fastest growing regions for pay TV, in both subscriber numbers and revenues,” said Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, senior analyst at IHS Markit. Total online video market revenues in the Middle East and North Africa region stood at $500 million (+51 percent) in 2016. Subscription accounted for over 30 percent of the total online video market in 2016, and is expected to contribute 45 percent of total market revenues by 2020.

April 11, 2017 10:52 UTC

Land History: Cope Leader Lekota Says White Land Owners Didn't Steal The Land

COPE Leader Lekota Discusses Land Issue: Over two decades after the end of the apartheid regime, most of South Africa’s lands remain in white hands. Its leader Julius Malema upholds that black people were forced to give out their land to white people. Asked why title deeds are a pre-condition for land ownership, COPE leader Lekota said that they make it easier to identify the true owners of the certain land. “If you took any land in this country, take any land from the white people, which black families will you give that land to? So even when the land was taken under the 1913 Land Act, nobody could just say ‘I’m white I must get a piece of land’, they had to buy it,” Cope leader Lekota said.

April 11, 2017 10:07 UTC

IOM Learns of 'Slave Market' Conditions Endangering Migrants in North Africa

“Sub-Saharan migrants were being sold and bought by Libyans, with the support of Ghanaians and Nigerians who work for them,” IOM Niger staff reported this week. IOM collects information from migrants returning from Libya and passing through IOM transit centres in Niamey and Agadez. During the past week, IOM Libya learned of other kidnapping cases, like those IOM Niger has knowledge of. IOM Libya will continue to pay for his treatment in Gambia and he will also receive a reintegration grant. Their voices carry more weight than anyone else’s.”For further information, please contact Giuseppe Loprete, IOM Niger, Tel: +227.980 543 31, Email gloprete@iom.int.

April 11, 2017 09:33 UTC

Pay TV Spending Spree in Middle East and North Africa, IHS Markit Says

“The Middle East and North Africa region is one of the fastest growing regions for pay TV, in both subscriber numbers and revenues,” said Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, senior analyst at IHS Markit. IHS Markit expects total online video revenues to grow by more than $1.5 billion by 2020. About IHS Markit (www.ihsmarkit.com)IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 key business and government customers, including 85 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions. IHS Markit is a registered trademark of IHS Markit Ltd. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners © 2017 IHS Markit Ltd. All rights reserved.

April 11, 2017 09:00 UTC

Hundreds of migrants under "slave market" conditions in North Africa, UN agency says

Hundreds of migrants under "slave market" conditions in North Africa, UN agency saysThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday warned that hundreds of migrants are being held under "slave market" conditions in North Africa, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at UN headquarter. Over the past week, the agency has also learned of several cases in which migrants have been kidnapped in exchange for ransom, the spokesman noted. "The agency is raising awareness across Africa of these dangers by highlighting testimonies from migrants on local radio stations and social media," he said. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants." "Last year we learned 14 migrants died in a single month in one of those locations, just from disease and malnutrition.

April 11, 2017 05:02 UTC

Deadly air strike on Libyan desert base as rival factions clash

TRIPOLI - Forces aligned with a UN-backed government in Tripoli said on Monday that three of their men had been killed in air raids against a desert air base by rivals allied with eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar. The struggle for control around Tamanhent air base 30km northeast of Sabha risks escalating into the first major confrontation between forces officially linked to the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA). Tamanhent is controlled by a force from Misrata, a militarily powerful western city that has backed the GNA. An eastern military source said there had also been ground clashes around Samnu, about 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Sabha. A medical source in Sabha said three LNA troops had been killed.

April 10, 2017 21:11 UTC




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