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That might be true in 2017, or at the beginning of the 2018 when UK analytics firm Cable published its speed table. Right now you can check the stats live. And although Madagascar is still "faster" than UK only 7% of its population have access to the internet (compared to 94.6% in UK) according to this page.


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No. Here's a news article from April 2014, African Monetary Union Stirs Criticism of France A hoard of cash sits in the Bank of France: $20 billion in African money held in trust by the French government and earning just 0.75 percent interest. Now economists and politicians from 14 Central and West African countries say they want their funds ...


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These rankings are all a matter of what counts and what doesn’t. For examples, I’ve constructed three similar rankings, each one a little stricter—which forces out some contenders, and gives those below them that are still left higher rankings. This way we can see how Rub' al Khali can be largest in one ranking, while larger-still deserts are found in the ...


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The Arabian Desert is not only a sand desert All sand deserts are deserts, but not all deserts are sand deserts. And you do not call an entire desert a sand desert just because a part of it — in this case only 1/5 of the total area — is a sand desert. This is a desert. The image is taken at the Dome C Station in Antartica (image source) The Arabian ...


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As of July 2019 according to the Speedtest.net Global Index , Madagascar (unranked mobile, rank 68 fixed) ranks below all of the 3 listed countries: United Kingdom (rank 50 mobile, rank 41 fixed), France (rank 18 mobile, rank 15 fixed) and Canada (rank 6 mobile, rank 12 fixed). Even in 2017 (August 2017 Wayback Machine data), it still ranks below all of ...


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The Guardian article is from 2002. I owe a huge hat-tip to @Klanomath for finding the original 2002 survey where I failed, including a code book with the list of questions. The questions cover a lot of different ground on whether the respondent approves of particular forms of government. Some of them compare between the regimes on specific issues, such as ...


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The WHO website has some good information about Ebola. In particular, Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments ...


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The story in question was originally attributed not to an anthropologist, but to a childhood memory! Consider the Babemba tribes of southern Africa, where the social structure includes only an elementary criminal code. Apparently, the lack of fixed rules to enforce justice stems from close community living, which never made such laws necessary. Brian ...


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No. According to the timeline posted by The Washington Post. The times listed are Benghazi time (EET, UTC+2) on the night of Sept. 11 and the morning of Sept. 12: 21:40 - The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi calls the nearest CIA base for help 22:04 - A six-person rescue squad leaves towards the embassy 22:10 - The squad negotiates with heavily armed militias ...


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Libya's entire GDP in 2000s fluctuated between $30B and $100B. (source) Libya's Central Bank assets in 2011 were estimated to be $25bn (since then, doubled due to finding another $20 odd billion in assets - source). The world banking system that has many trillions of assets. A list of private banks' assets is here, just the biggest ones add up to ~$80 ...


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Although that webpage had protection to avoid anyone easily copying their image, I was able to find it in the source code and do a reverse image search. The earliest source I found for the image was SAfrognews on Twitter (October 12, 2016) - which predates the December 8, 2016 date on the ZW News article): BRAVE Limpopo men catch crocodile after chasing ...


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The claim is both misleading, and wrong from an objective point of view. First, it is misleading because the numbers it refers to are the country's mean download speeds. In the objected countries, such as e.g. France (or even moreso Canada), a large number of people lives in rural, sometimes quite remote areas where, indeed, internet speeds are not always ...


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It depends The available analysis (e.g. Human Rights Watch report, IRCT, though limited references to primary sources) state that, in essence, "The normal variability in anal sphincter tone and anatomical appearance makes it difficult for digital anal examinations to distinguish normal anal tone from that which may be clinically significant." A decreased ...


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Other sources indicate a less innocent explanation: nudity is the penalty for not undergoing female genital mutilation. Amongst females, only those who've undergone it are allowed to wear clothing, and there are other consequences as well. From BBC Tribe - The Dassanech The Dassanech tribe is not strictly defined by ethnicity. Anyone – man or woman - ...


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The Mungiki is not necessary a "gang" in its normal definition A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit As they are heavily politically involved, and in addition have moral/religious intentions: "Morality," he said, sipping his beer. "That is what our movement must bring back, morality. And we want to push ...


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The originator of this version of history was Ivan van Sertima. He authored They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America A rebuttal of this work was published as Robbing Native American Cultures: Van Sertima's Afrocentricity and the Olmecs Current Anthropology vol. 38 pages 419-441. (alternative link) There is hardly any claim in ...


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Table 5.1 of Aeolian Sand and Sand Dunes lists all sand deserts (ergs) that are larger than 12,000 km2. The second largest at 560,000 km2 is Rub' al Khali. The largest at 630,000 km2 is the Great Sandy-Gibson Desert. The book also states "The largest of the Saharan ergs is the Erg Chech in southern Algeria, which has an area of 319,000 ...


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I'll try and take a stab at this, though I don't know if I have found enough non-circumstantial evidence to prove my conclusion. However, I also doubt that anyone without knowing Arabic or French and having access to select universities around the world could come up with more, as those are the only translations of Ibn Fadi's book I could find. My ...


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The scientific consensus is that examinations of the sort described are both ineffective and unethical. I found an essay from PLOS medicine, titled Forced anal examinations to ascertain sexual orientation and sexual behavior: An abusive and medically unsound practice. (Cichowitz C, Rubenstein L, Beyrer C (2018) PLoS Med 15(3): e1002536. https://doi.org/10....


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The claim that There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens. is false. There was electricity bills but the price was very low. According to IMF, Libya's electricity price per KwH for residential consumers was 1.5 U.S. cents. (The average price people in the U.S. pay for electricity is about 12 cents per kilowatt-hour....


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On one hand, slogans of the Arab Spring included chants about access to bread, and there is a strong correlation between the FAO Food Price Index and two waves of protests. The dotted blue line here shows the date of a warning from the authors of the cited paper that protests would occur: (source) On the other hand, one source denies any correlation between ...


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Different theories have emerged to hypothesize about origins for the human immunodeficiency infection (HIV) and (AIDS), with theories emerging from coincidental acts to evidently intentional acts. The Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) theory is one of those theories. Edward Hooper, is a British writer best known for his book, The River, which investigated the ...


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See Women’s Worlds in Dassanetch, Southern Ethiopia, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (2005). Unlike boys Dassanetch girls start wearing clothes from childhood on. From the age of about two years they start wearing an apron made of cloth or leather. From the age of four they start wearing a gele. This is an ...


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Yes, this actually happened, according to French journalists Roger Faligot and Pascal Krop, both of whom were mainstream journalists and specialized in French counterinsurgency and covert operations. Here is the claim in English, contextualized as part of France's operations against Guinea: From E. Schmidt, Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946–1958,...


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Short answer: This is most likely nonsense. Ubuntu roughly denotes "a quality that includes the essential human virtues: compassion and humanity"(1), and while it is sometimes opposed to victimisation of perpetrators (2), it is unlikely that any contemporary customary law system of any traditional community in South Africa operates without a mix of ...


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Without food aid, farmers cannot survive a famine, and therefore any economic incentive or disincentive is a moot point. The cycle depicted in the chart is false, because it relies on a model of famine that is outdated and incomplete. The cycle in the graphic depicts a speculative economic model based on famines caused by FAD - Food Availability Decline. ...


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An answer to this question depends how one chooses to interpret that Putin said. I interpret it as him saying solar panels are more expensive than alternatives, perhaps for the next 20-30 years. That depends on a few assumptions. A 2018 study on the feasibility of solar power (which is generally assumed is going to be largely decentralized in Africa) found ...


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In this BBC article today, Kenya student killings: BBC gains access to Garissa dormitories, the poster image for the video appears to be a picture of the same room/location as the second photograph shown above. That implies that at least the second photograph in the OP are "really pictures from that attack". The source of the images appears to be a ...


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Are these women in Libya Probably not in Libya. are they for sale in a market, and are they for sale as slaves? Maybe. The oldest version (June 26, 2018) I can find with reverse image search yields an ivory coast paper that claims women are sold by a network of Ivorians trafficked by women based in Abidjan and sold by Kuwaitis to Kuwaiti families with ...


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From 1992, the UAE has offered a "marriage fund" to address what it describes as the problem of increasing number of spinsters as well as the reluctance of UAE men to marry national women. According to an essay [PDF] published by the Population Reference Bureau, these trends were due to increasing dowries As in other oil-rich Gulf countries, an ...


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