Photo: Justin Purefoy/HRW A 15-year-old boy mixes mercury and ground gold ore at a processing site in Mbeya Region, Tanzania. By IPS World Desk Rome — The Minamata Convention – a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental

By Chris Arsenault Toronto — Scientists have found an unexpected new source for lithium, a key component in battery-powered electric cars and other renewable energy technologies: supervolcanoes. Most of the world’s lithium comes from Chile and Australia, and expanding access

By Jack Fereday There’s criticism of the way Kenyan authorities are dealing with post-electoral protests in the African press this morning. There’s also a lot of talk of Robert Mugabe’s wife and her notorious fighting skills. “The assault on civil

opinion EGYPTIAN President Abdel Al-Sisi arrived in Dar es Salaam on a wet Monday this week. In our local scripture, that could well be a blessing. And, the occasion wasn’t lost on President John Magufuli, who said his Egyptian opposite

analysis By William Beinart This is a very wide-ranging Bill that aims to cater for most of the land in the former homelands as well as land transferred to African communities since 1994. It is a potentially flexible piece of

analysis By Faith Kiboro, Smc University A few hours after Kenya’s polling stations closed on Tuesday August 8th, the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission began transmitting live results. But even before it had a chance to complete the tallying

By Helge Schütz Namibia dominate the Africa Rugby Gold Cup team that was recently selected on completion of the tournament. Namibia won the Gold Cup for the fourth year in a row after thumping their closest rivals, Kenya 45-7 in

A group of Palestinian activists, academics, and civil society organisations have launched a campaign to deter African nations from partaking in the upcoming Africa-Israel summit, slated to take place in Togo in October. Several African countries, including South Africa, Morocco,

Venus Williams’ renowned activewear brand, EleVen By Venus Williams, is collaborating with leading West Africa-based creative talent agency, Temple Management Company to expand its retail business to the continent. Head of Sports for The Temple Management Company, Koye Sowemimo, said

Nairobi — Limited capacity, investment and collaboration are among the challenges facing data communities working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Agenda 2063, according to the inaugural Africa Data Revolution Report (ADRR). The report was presented last month