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Africa On The Brink...Of An Economic Boom


BAMAKO - Want to try and guess which part of the world has a projected growth rate of 6% for 2012? South Asia? South America? Wrong - It's Africa!

"Africa is on the brink of a major transformation," declares Elsie Kanza, World Economic Forum director for Africa.

So long associated only with misery and economic hopelessness, Africa is home to six of the world's 10 fastest growing economies, including Angola and the Republic of Congo.

The 22nd World Economic Forum gathering opens in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Wednesday, with an unprecedented sense of optimism about the continent's economic potential. This year's theme is "Shaping Africa's Transformation" and will address three themes: Strengthening Africa's Leadership, Accelerating Investment in Frontier Markets and Scaling Innovation for Shared Opportunities.

"Experts, businessmen and regional opinion leaders will meet to discuss their experiences and ideas on how to transform Africa, how to bring change to a continent whose population is close to a billion people," reports the Journal du Mali. "African nations need to concentrate on developing investments in key sectors of the economy, frontier markets such as agriculture and energy."

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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

Photo of Mareme Cisse cooking

Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

Caterina Suffici


TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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