Finally, Africa gets its own web address with launch of .africa

Africa Image copyrightAFP The African Union hopes .africa will create a unique online identity for the continent Africa now has the unique web address .africa, equivalent to the more familiar .com, following its official launch by the African Union. AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hailed its creation as the moment when Africa “got [its]…

IS International Criminal Court Too Focused on Africa?

By Noah Feldman The new South Africa has been a bastion of respect for human rights, and its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is a sign that something is terribly wrong with the tribunal. And it’s no secret: Since 2005, when it first issued arrest warrants, the court has indicted 39 people, every…

Why African states have started leaving the ICC

FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks after meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. South Africa has decided to withdraw… (AP Photo/Ali Ngethi, File)  By CARA ANNA JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Until this week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal…

Africa and space: the continent starts to look skyward

Scott Firsing, Monash University Most do not associate Africa with the high-tech sphere of “space”. However, in recent years, many countries on the continent have woken up to the potential and usefulness of space technology. In sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria and South Africa are leading the charge. What have South Africa and Nigeria have achieved? Both…