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Oct 22, 2017

The demand for abalone is so extreme that it is commonly-referred to as "white gold" and is now the world's most valuable shellfish. Much of that demand comes from Asia, especially China, where consumers can't seem to get enough of the fleshy snails in restaurants and supermarkets.

South Africa is home to one of the...


Oct 15, 2017

A pair of seemingly tone-deaf incidents this week highlight the ongoing difficulty that some parts of Chinese society are having with regards to racial sensitivity towards Africans and black people in general. 

First, an exhibit at the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan that placed images of African people next to animals...


Oct 8, 2017

When filmmakers Zhang Yong, Hodan Abdi and Fu Dong set out to make a new documentary on the African migrant experience in China they were determined to ensure that their own voices and experiences came through in the story. Until now, most if not all of the documentary films on Africans in China have been produced...


Sep 30, 2017

The tightening of international sanctions against North Korea is helping to fuel the illicit ivory trade in Africa as the increasingly isolated country searches for new ways to generate revenue, according to a new report from the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Much of that ivory, according to...


Sep 24, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump revealed deeper levels of ignorance about Africa than many thought possible during a luncheon speech this week to a group of African leaders. During his brief, 800-word speech, Trump twice mentioned the non-existent country of "Nambia." Immediately after the speech, there was widespread...