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SeychellesSociety | Economy - DevelopmentSeychelles' silent 2nd revolutionafrol News - The small island nation of Seychelles found itself in a deep crisis in 2008, which had its roots in the 1979 socialist revolution. A new economic "revolution" in 2008 however is reinventing the nation's economy, turning old truths upside-down and removing the disputed legacy of ex-Dictator France Albert René. Zambia | NamibiaPolitics | SocietyHistory battle: Zambia's dubious role in Namibia's freedom fightafrol News - The difficult past of Zambia's ambiguous role in Namibia's and Angola's freedom fight is haunting current President, thus Foreign Minister, Rupiah Banda. The 1970s anti-communist Zambian regime is said to have killed Namibian freedom fighters in agreement with apartheid South Africa and Sam Nujoma. Historians confirm the allegations. SenegalSociety | Culture - Arts | Gay - LesbianDakar from Africa's gay capital to centre of homophobiaafrol News - In colonial times, Senegal's metropolis Dakar was famous for its open and tolerated homosexual prostitution market, and as late as in the 1970s, as many as 17 percent of Senegalese men admitted having had homosexual experiences. Now, Dakar is West Africa's centre of gay oppression. LesothoSociety | Culture - ArtsMoshoeshoe of Lesotho, "Africa's greatest leader"afrol News - He stood up against the Zulu, gained several battles against the European invaders and managed to create a Basotho state that escaped incorporation in racist South Africa. Lesotho's first king, Moshoeshoe I, is often called "Africa's greatest leader" in the early 19th century. Kenya | AfricaSociety | Human rights | Science - EducationAbolishing fees boosts African schoolingAfrica Renewal - When the Kenyan government announced it would stop charging fees for primary school education - just days before the beginning of the 2003 school year - the result was pandemonium. Teachers, headmasters and parents scrambled to find desks, pencils and books for over a million extra students. Many African countries have followed Kenya's example. Africa | KenyaCulture - Arts | SocietyBeads - a showcase of Africa's heritageMisanet / IPS - The oldest known African bead is more than 12.000 years old and was found in the Kalahari Desert, but South African beads may be up to 75,000 years old. Almost equally old beads are found in Libya and Sudan. As a continental-wide cultural heritage, beads have served as fine jewellery, small pieces of art, haute couture, royal regalia, divine faience and even legal tender throughout the history of Africa. In Kenya, a handicraft-centre-turned-museum exposes this showcase of African heritage. LesothoSocietyLesotho's royal house - a world apartafrol News - In comes Prince Seeiso Seeiso, second in line to the throne in Lesotho. He just had his first born son and was terribly beaten by his villagers. "I'm terribly sorry I'm late for the interview," he says, coming directly from hospital. "And I have to apologise again, as I will have to leave immediately to go home and pick up some things for my wife." We agree to meet the next day. AfricaAgriculture - Nutrition | Economy - Development | Human rights | Politics | SocietyAfrica highlights 2004 by afrol Newsafrol News - Negative news often dominate the international coverage of Africa. 2004 however has seen much more than the crises in Darfur and Côte d'Ivoire. Peace has returned to many more countries, democracy and human rights are strengthening in Africa and the economy is booming in many countries. The link between democracy and development has been demonstrated and the outlook for 2005 is mostly positive. SomaliaGay - Lesbian | SocietySoul mates: The price of being gay in Somalia afrol News - Afdhere Jama talks to a Somali gay couple that has staid together since their childhood in Mogadishu in the 1980s. Abdulle and Sakariye escaped the marriages arranged by their parents and sought freedom in the "liberal" town of Shalaamboot. But "freedom" came at a higher price than the young couple expected. KenyaSociety | Culture - ArtsGerman Wituland, a colonial rarityafrol News - It is common knowledge that the German colonial empire in Africa included only four short-lived colonies where colonial rule was harsh; Togo, Kamerun, South-West Africa (Namibia) and East Africa (Tanzania). This is however wrong. Even in the more short-lived German colony Wituland (now in Kenya), the local population rioted against the Germans in 1890 - because they were leaving. RwandaSociety | Human rightsThe Cross and the Genocideafrol News - The 1994 Rwandan genocide, killing an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus, is made even more incomprehensible by the documented participation of many representatives of Rwandan church societies. How could God fearing nuns, and even a bishop, take part in the most cruel crimes against humanity committed on African soil? Even worse, several church societies allegedly were co-responsible for the growing hatred that led to the genocide. It remains an enormous contradiction to the Christian Message of Love.