#Tanzania, Black Power, and the uncertain future of Pan-Africanism
Between 1964 to 1974, the East African nation of Tanzania was seen by peoples across Africa and in the diaspora as a nation deeply committed to African liberation and in solidarity with black people worldwide. As a result, many hundreds of African American and Caribbean nationalists, leftists, and Pan Africanists visited or settled in Tanzania to witness and…
#Drone System From Zipline To Launch In #Tanzania, Delivering Medical Supplies : Goats and Soda : NPR
Rinaudo was visiting a scientist at Ifakara Health Institute who had created the database to track nationwide medical emergencies. Using cell phones, health workers would send a text message whenever a patient needed blood or other critical supplies. Trouble is, while the system collected real-time information about dying patients, the east African country’s rough terrain and poor supply chain often kept them from getting timely help. “We were essentially looking at a database of death,” Rinaudo says.
Today the story comes full circle as Tanzania’s government makes a special announcement: In early 2018 the nation will start using Zipline drones for on-demand delivery of blood, vaccines, medications and other supplies such as sutures and IV tubes.
Last fall, Zipline deployed 15 drones serving 21 clinics from a single base in a smaller neighboring country, Rwanda. The delivery operation planned for Tanzania would be the world’s largest — 120 drones at four bases serving more than 10 million people at 1,000 clinics across the country. Zipline’s 30-pound electric drones fly 68 mph to health centers up to 50 miles away. The drone service costs about the same amount as delivery using traditional road vehicles, says Rinaudo, a Harvard graduate who built DNA computers inside human cells and constructed a rock-climbing wall in a dorm basement before setting his focus on drones.
Il y a quelques années j’étais allé au Kenya pour travailler sur le problème de pénurie de médicaments (palu) dans les cliniques. Outre le transport (pas facile vu le réseau), le principal problème logistique était d’avoir des informations fiables et récentes sur l’état des stocks. Ils essayaient de régler ça avec des rapports hebdomadaires par SMS.
Enter the Bulldozer
As with any foundational figure, Julius #Nyerere’s memory bears all the contradictory passions of #Tanzania’s modern history, and his name becomes a talisman for all sorts of politically charged commentaries on history and its relevance for the present. This entire symbolic infrastructure is a means by which we explore the influence of the past upon […]
Seventeen years ago today, Mwalimu Julius #Nyerere, Father of the Nation, passed away. For Tanzanians this amounts to a “where were you when…?” moment. I was in school that fateful Thursday when the bell unexpectedly rang and we learnt that Mwalimu (teacher in Swahili) had passed away in London, where he was being treated for […]
The Great Question in Dar es Salaam
The Great Question in Dar es Salaam is always: incompetence… or conspiracy? The question was first introduced to me by a tired-looking campaign adviser before the October 25th general elections......
The year of the girl child in #Tanzania?
October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, and October 25 Tanzania will run Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The presidential elections, in particular, will or will not be the.....
The #oil giants are coming to #Tanzania
International oil giants are bearing down on East Africa. Off the coast of Tanzania, the discovery of 46.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves has put the country on.....
Ryan Gosling’s #FILM ‘White Shadow’ is an Unflinching Take on #Albino_Killings in #Tanzania
White Shadow, a new feature film directed by Noaz Deshe and executive produced by Ryan Gosling, tackles the persecution and killing of albinos, and the underground trade of their body.....
WOW ! Watch this little girl name the presidents of 30 countries
Some people think that #Africa_is_a_Country. Some people, such as the New York Times editors, think that #Ivory_Coast is two countries (see below). Many people struggle to name prominent politicians in the countries where they live. #Zara is not like any of these people. She is a little girl who can name the […]
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Women in #Tanzania set for equal land rights – let’s make sure it happens | Jennifer Duncan and Scholastica Haule | Global development | theguardian.com
Women in Tanzania have until now had tenuous rights to the land they rely on to feed their families. Though Tanzania’s Land Act and Village Land Act (both passed in 1999) provide for women’s ownership of land, customary practices regarding marriage and inheritance continue to discriminate heavily against women. The current constitution upholds equal rights to property for men and women, but does not clarify whether the law or custom take precedent when there is a conflict. And such a conflict exists in communities across the nation, undermining women’s rights.
In Tanzania, as in much of Africa, customary practices often require women to access land through their fathers, brothers, husbands or other men who control the land.
This makes women vulnerable and decreases agricultural productivity. When women lose their connection to this male relative, either through death, divorce or migration, they can lose their land, home and means of supporting themselves and their families.
The new constitutional language would override customary practices that weaken women’s rights to land, according to local news reports.
#Tanzania and the Palestinian Struggle
The current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has once again brought to the forefront the suffering of the Palestinian people. It has reignited the debate on collective punishment they are made to endure as well as the unequal application of firepower by #Israel. After close to 20 days of Israeli air raids followed by a […]
#Tanzania: Selous #Elephants, #Rhinos in Critical Danger
A statement issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism yesterday said the population of elephants in the Selous Game Reserve has dwindled drastically from 70,000 in the year 2006 to 13,084 jumbos last year.
‘Films to fall asleep to’ in #Tanzania
Smooth camera work. Masterful writing. Clear audio. Linear narratives. There are plenty of people who watch Hollywood films and think that their local films could look and feel more like the productions that grace movie theatres across American. Many point to African filmmakers lacking training, funds, and equipment as the major impediments to the “development” of African #FILM industries. But what happens when western development agencies offer said training, funds, and equipment in exchange for carrying development messaging?
East African states to share SIM card & national ID data to facilitate surveillance
Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone
There’s a deceptively still body of water in #Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film.
En même temps, de ce que je comprends : il ne suffit pas de « toucher » le lac, les oiseaux se crachent carrément dedans :
the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake
et pour l’aspect visuel des photos :
The animals are all arranged in poses by the photographer.
Du coup c’est moins flippant que quand on tombe sur l’article de Gizmodo et son titre.
I have been trying to attend as many of The Future Weird’s (see here, as well) screenings as possible in recent months. The Future Weird is a monthly series focused on films by directors from Africa and the global south. The series foregrounds films which imagine the future from a non-Western perspective. It is organized […]
Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard—A Story About #Cape_Town’s Tanzanian #stowaways—Summer 2012
Towards the end of 2012 Moses was arrested and charged under the Immigration Act for being in the country illegally. He called to say he was being held in Pollsmoor Prison, then weeks went by in which I heard nothing. Moses was the last of my good contacts in the beach boy community. In the […]
Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard—A Story About #Cape_Town’s Tanzanian #stowaways—Winter 2012
Adam called one day in June 2012 to say he had seen a ship he liked the look of in the Ben Schoeman Dock, and that he would probably be gone before the end of the day. We met at The Freezer where he smoked the usual procession of joints and unpacked his travel bag […]
A Story About #Cape_Town’s Tanzanian #stowaways—Spring 2011
It was a few months before I bumped into Daniel-Peter again. His once tiny English vocabulary, which had nevertheless contained the words “anchorage”, “fibreglass”, “first mate” and “consulate”–gleaned from the Ukranian crew of a ship he boarded in Durban in 2010–had expanded to the point at which unmediated conversation had become possible. It was an […]
Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard—A Story About #Cape_Town’s Tanzanian #stowaways
It was mid-2011 when I first heard about the community of Tanzanian stowaways living under Nelson Mandela Boulevard at the foot of Cape Town, where the high rise buildings end and the docklands begin. #David_Southwood was the guy who knew about them, a local photographer with a penchant, to quote his writer friend Ivan […]
What’s Wrong With English Reality TV?
In the spirit of recent posts on AIAC about reality TV shows in Germany and Italy which use Africa as background to national #TELEVISION’s asinine imagination, I’d like to step back a few months and check out one of England’s own televised fits of historical delusion. #BBC Two aired a two-part Africa special of their […]
What can #Barack_Obama’s “Power Africa” program achieve ?
Tweet Seven billion dollars is a lot of money—except when it goes into #infrastructure. Then, $7bn, the sum that the US has committed to spend over the next five years on the Obama administration’s newly-announced Power Africa initiative, does not sound like so much at all. Even considering that Power Africa will roll out in [...]
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