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Questions tagged [africa]

for questions about claims based in Africa, or limited in Africa.

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Is it possible to determine if a person has had receptive anal sex through a physical exam?

Physical examinations of the anus are sometimes used in North Africa to determine if a man has practiced receptive anal sex, and hence has broken laws against homosexuality. Here is one such report ...
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Are these women “for sale in the market in Libya”?

This post has been shared 142,000 times. The associated text reads: Women for sale in the market in Libya, we are against slave trade. If you are against slave trade Share Are these women in ...
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Is Rub' al Khali the largest sand desert in the world?

This sentence appears in the Wikipedia article on Rub' al Khali. The Rub' al Khali desert [note 1] (Arabic: الربع الخالي‎, i.e., "the Empty Quarter") is the largest continuous sand desert (erg) in ...
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Did 60% of polled South Africans say the country was better run during apartheid?

I have found several sites claiming that a study shows that over 60% of polled South Africans said the country was better run under apartheid - most notably, a 2002 Guardian article: In a rebuke to ...
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Are high temperatures the cause of nudity being not unusual amongst the Daasanach?

From the second page of I Photographed Women In 60 Countries To Change The Way We See Beauty: Her tribe is called the Daasanach. With the high temperatures here, nudity is not unusual. Amongst ...
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Do African Immigrants have the highest academic achievement in the U.S. of any ethnic group?

An article doing the rounds on my Facebook feed claims that African immigrants are the most successful group in the United States when it comes to academic achievement. African-born immigrants are ...
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Were three brothers killed while trying to have sex with a crocodile?

Someone shared ZW (Zimbabwe) News article on Facebook. I don't believe it is true. According to the story, three brothers in Limpopo, South Africa attempted to rape a crocodile after being told it ...
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Are three quarters of immigrants “flooding Europe today” from central Africa?

In a November 16, 2016 op-ed in the New York Times titled Donald Trump, Help Heal the Planet’s Climate Change Problem, Thomas L. Friedman claims: When you visit the Pentagon, ask the generals about ...
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Was electricity ever free in Gaddafi's regime?

The internet is full of stories that Gaddafi's Libya was an Utopia. Like: Is this stuff about Libya true? at thestudentroom.co.uk The Amazing Things Moammar Gadhafi Did For Libya at rense.com ...
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Did Food Prices Spur the Arab Spring?

Dalia Mortada writes for PBS in Did Food Prices Spur the Arab Spring?: One of the driving forces behind the Arab Spring, some contend, is the high cost of food. A combination of shrinking farmlands,...
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Were 70,000 caucasians killed in South Africa since Apartheid? [closed]

I came across this March 2014 interview in Vice of Kyle Hunt who organised the (diminuitive) White Man March in 2014. Interviewer Dave Schilling asked: You claim that 70,000 white people were ...
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Did Libyan brides get a USD 90000 dowry from the government?

This pro-Gaddafi source used in this answer makes the claim that, amongst other benefits Libyan citizens get from the Gaddafi government, Libyan brides get a 90000 USD dowry from the government: ...
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Can we end chronic hunger? [closed]

I know this has been asked in other forms, but I don't see the political side of this addressed. There are so many assumptions necessary to ask the question, it's hard to put in a few words. Is is ...
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Did an experimental Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) cause the AIDS pandemic?

Aidsorigins.com mentioned in a post that: The oral polio vaccine (OPV) theory of origin of AIDS proposes that an experimental OPV made in a unique manner was administered to nearly one million ...
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Are these pictures of the recent terrorist attack in Kenya (NSFW)?

There is a post going around facebook about the recent terrorist attack in Kenya with the following pictures (spoiler'ed for queezy stomachs): Warning, graphic images (18+): And the following ...
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Do African countries have to pay a “colonial tax” to France?

There is a claim that as of today, a lot of African countries are forced to pay a significant percentage of their income to France, and this is the cause of widespread hunger in Africa. 14 African ...
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Did Malian sailors reach the Americas in 1311 CE?

Some sources claim that Malian soldiers arrived in the Americas in 1311 CE. For example, in Silicon Africa: 100 African Cities destroyed by Europeans: Malian sailors got to America in 1311 AD, 181 ...
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Does Ebola pose “little risk to the U.S. general population”?

We are currently in the middle of the largest ever Ebola outbreak, with nearly 900 killed and more than 1,600 infected by the disease in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and now Nigeria. The disease's ...
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Does Nestlé contribute to infant mortality in developing countries?

There has been a long-running boycott against Nestlé (see http://info.babymilkaction.org). The main complaint is that their promotion of formula milk in developing countries is irresponsible because ...
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Did Libya's Central Bank offer loans at 0% interest?

I just watched The illuminati Exposed By Muammar Gaddafi. It's a really good watch (especially for us skeptics), but at one point they said that the reason Muammar al-Gaddafi was overthrown was, not ...
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Did Muammar al-Gaddafi have 95% popular support even when he was being overthrown

I just watched The illuminati Exposed By Muammar Gaddafi on YouTube. It was very interesting, but at one point they said that there was a pro-Gaddafi rally in the Tripoli with 1.7 million people or 95%...
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Does food aid cause famines?

This article claims: While all efforts should be made to get emergency food aid to Africa during this famine, the tradition of US food aid in Africa is actually part of the problem. Giving food ...
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Is Mungiki one of the world's most dangerous gangs?

This website claims that the slums of Nairobi is the most inhospitable place in the world, because of the Mungiki: Operating in the slums of Nairobi this extremely violent gang syndicate stands at ...
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Did Obama refuse to help former SEALs in Benghazi?

According to SOS and many small journals, Facebook censored a meme stating that President Obama refused to save the lives of former Navy SEALs in Benghazi. The meme simply stated, “When Obama called ...
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African Pentecostal Witch Hunting Guide real?

I found this online: "The African Pentecostal Church's Guide of Inquisitions of Witches and Magicians in the African Continent - 1989 (Translated from the Swahili Manuscript of the late Bakari Sudi ...