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What Was Libya Like 25 Years Ago?

What Was Libya Like 25 Years Ago?

History Politics Videos

Gaddafi’s 25 Years in Power (1994): A historic report filmed as Libya celebrated 25 years of Gaddafi’s rule. This short documentary challenges the West’s view of Libya and looks at Gaddafi’s struggles both at home and abroad.

The Totally Isolated Tribe Of The Andaman

The Totally Isolated Tribe Of The Andaman

Videos World

There are still people in this world who have no idea that civilization exists. On remote islands in the Bay of Bengal live mysterious tribes. Their origins are mysterious, but this film reveals how modern DNA analysis suggests that these ancient people have close links to Africa, from where they have been separated for 100,000 years.

The Last Days Of John Allen Chau

The Last Days Of John Allen Chau

Crime Long Reads Nature World

In the fall of 2018, the 26-year-old American missionary traveled to a remote speck of sand and jungle in the Indian Ocean, attempting to convert one of the planet’s last uncontacted tribes to Christianity. The islanders killed him, and Chau was pilloried around the world as a deluded Christian supremacist who deserved to die.

How Shenzhen Is Fueling Ethiopia’s Burgeoning Startup Scene

How Shenzhen Is Fueling Ethiopia’s Burgeoning Startup Scene

Business Tech Videos World

As Shenzhen companies look to Africa for new consumer markets, African entrepreneurs are turning to Shenzhen for manufacturing partners to turn their ideas into reality. How the movers and shakers in Ethiopia’s burgeoning tech startup scene are tapping into the open source manufacturing ecosystem of China’s most entrepreneurial city.

Young Refugees Document The Squalor, And Hope, Around Them

Young Refugees Document The Squalor, And Hope, Around Them

Photos World

More than 4,100 refugees live in Samos Reception and Identification Center in Greece, a compound built for 650, awaiting their fate. Some have been here for years, and they include people from dozens of nations across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. They also include some 1,200 children, many of them unaccompanied minors.

Africa’s Richest Man Makes A $17 Billion Bid For Immortality

Africa’s Richest Man Makes A $17 Billion Bid For Immortality

Business World

Aliko Dangote’s plan to reduce Nigeria’s dependency on fuel imports will carve out an even bigger slice of the nation’s $376 billion economy for his empire. Dangote’s future—and, as he likes to say, that of the entire continent’s economy—lies to the south on the Nigerian coast: the construction of a vast oil refinery.

Can We Terraform The Sahara To Stop Climate Change?

Can We Terraform The Sahara To Stop Climate Change?

Nature Videos

We are going to examine the feasibility and effect of afforestation in the two largest subtropical deserts in the world, the Sahara and the Australian outback. These are the perfect candidates for afforestation, neither have large competing human populations, agricultural activity, or large natural animal and plant populations.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
How Eliud Kipchoge Broke Running’s Mythic Barrier

How Eliud Kipchoge Broke Running’s Mythic Barrier

Long Reads

It was one of sport’s great question marks: Is it humanly possible to run 26.2 miles in under two hours? Then Eliud Kipchoge did it. What followed was international fame—and plenty of controversy. GQ flew to Kipchoge’s ultra-rarefied Kenyan training ground to meet the man who pulled off the impossible.

Buried In Sand For A Millennium: Africa’s Roman Ghost City

Buried In Sand For A Millennium: Africa’s Roman Ghost City

History World

Timgad is a lost Roman city on the edge of the Sahara desert in Algeria that remained hidden beneath the sand for nearly a thousand years. Positively obscure compared to the international notoriety of Pompeii, this ancient city is nonetheless one of the best surviving examples of Roman town planning anywhere in the historical Empire.

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

Science Videos

Edward Makuka Nkoloso of Zambia had dreams to land Zambians on moon and mars beating the US and USSR in the Space race. He did everything he could with his limited resources to make his dream a reality but could he fulfill his dreams?

Red Sea Diving Resort: The Holiday Village Run By Spies

Red Sea Diving Resort: The Holiday Village Run By Spies

Crime World

Arous was an idyllic holiday resort in the Sudanese desert, on the shores of the Red Sea. But this glamorous destination was also a base for Israeli agents with a secret mission. The events inspired a newly released Netflix film, Red Sea Diving Resort – and the real story is in many ways more remarkable.

Young Girls Force-Fed For Marriage In Mauritania

Young Girls Force-Fed For Marriage In Mauritania

Videos World

Some Mauritanian communities believe that the fatter girls look the wealthier and more attractive they appear to men. Sahar Zand meets the families force feeding their young girls a 9,000 calorie-a-day diet during a brutal “feeding season” in Mauritania.

From 2nd Poorest Country To Fastest Growing Economy in the World

From 2nd Poorest Country To Fastest Growing Economy in the World

Economics Videos

This video takes a look at Sir Seretse Khama, the man that oversaw Botswana’s transformation from to 2nd poorest country in the world to the fastest-growing economy. Botswana today is the world’s largest producer gem diamonds and is one of only a handful of middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

How The Nile Can Provide Life And Divide Nations

How The Nile Can Provide Life And Divide Nations

Nature Videos World

The Nile river plays a central role for all nations through which it flows and it forces them to cooperate. At the same time, the sharing of water can also lead to tensions. This video focuses on these two aspects by looking at two construction projects along the Nile.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
Why Elon Musk And Jack Dorsey Have Big Plans For Africa

Why Elon Musk And Jack Dorsey Have Big Plans For Africa

Videos World

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, Inc, raised some eyebrows in Silicon Valley when he announced he was moving to Africa in 2020. Africa is poised to take off as the next big tech market, and both America and China have taken notice.

Who Owns South Africa?

Who Owns South Africa?

History Life Long Reads Politics

The Glen Grey Act was the first piece of legislation to enshrine in law the residential separation of the races. It was also the basis for the notorious Natives Land Act of 1913, which in its final form allocated a mere thirteen percent of all arable land to the black majority. 

When The Sahara Was Green

When The Sahara Was Green

History Nature Videos World

The climate of the Sahara was completely different thousands of years ago. And we’re not talking about just a few years of extra rain. We’re talking about a climate that was so wet for so long that animals and humans alike made themselves at home in the middle of the Sahara.

The Diamond Cartel: History’s Greatest Monopoly

The Diamond Cartel: History’s Greatest Monopoly

Business Videos

A cartel is a group of companies coming together to fix the price of a product. Like how major oil countries come together as the cartel OPEC, to fix the price of crude oil, except with a diamond. Once these locals catch on to how profitable the diamond trade is, they’ll started trading diamonds and smuggling it.

The One Route Ghost Airline Between Egypt & Israel

The One Route Ghost Airline Between Egypt & Israel

Videos World

Air Sinai appeared on the Internet in February 2020 and for the scarce few who were in the know about Air Sinai, it was a real shock. What’s so special about this ghost airline and how come up until now it was impossible to book a flight without being transferred endlessly between travel agents?

How Africa Can Get Rich

How Africa Can Get Rich

Economics Videos World

Africa is changing so fast, it is becoming hard to ignore. In the short term, the continent faces many problems, but in the long term, it could rival China’s economic might. By the end of this century, Africa is set to play a much bigger role in world affairs. The Asian growth miracle is likely to slow Africa’s rapid rise could be next.

The Internet’s Second Revolution

The Internet’s Second Revolution

Tech Videos

The second half of humanity is joining the internet. People in countries like India will change the internet, and it will change them. You have a whole bunch of languages that don’t enjoy very good support in terms of web browsers or input. And you have a whole bunch of people who can’t actually read or write.

Building Egypt’s $58BN New City In The Sand

Building Egypt’s $58BN New City In The Sand

Architecture Crime Videos World

Following a period of political instability that affected the progression of infrastructure projects, the country’s government took the decision to construct an entirely new capital in 2015. Located 45 kilometers east of the original Cairo, the as-yet-unnamed city has been under construction ever since.

The Most Extreme Railway In The World

The Most Extreme Railway In The World

Videos World

At 430 miles long, the formidable Mauritania Railway, nicknamed the “backbone of the Sahara,” boasts some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world. Its journey begins in Zouerat, Mauritania, and runs across the searing desert to the port city of Nouadhibou, on Africa’s Atlantic coast.

Why China’s First Military Base Abroad Is In Africa

Why China’s First Military Base Abroad Is In Africa

Politics Videos

For many countries, the Republic of Djibouti has become the central anchor point in the region. It hosts military bases from France, the United States, Japan, Italy and, since 2017, China. The fact that so many countries want to be present here has to do with the location, which is important for a lot of reasons.

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
Robot Baby Gorilla Captures Never-Before-Seen Wildlife Behavior

Robot Baby Gorilla Captures Never-Before-Seen Wildlife Behavior

Nature

Infiltrating a pack of Silverback Mountain gorillas might seem like an impossible task, but a team of filmmakers did just that with the help of a robot baby gorilla. Nicknamed “spy gorilla,” the lifelike replica recorded never-before-seen footage of apes singing, fighting, and even farting in the jungles of Uganda.

Why Is Africa Building A Great Green Wall?

Why Is Africa Building A Great Green Wall?

Nature Videos

Eleven countries are planting a wall of trees from east to west across Africa, just under the southern edge of the Sahara desert. The goal is to fight the effects of climate change by reversing desertification.

The Myth Of The Ethical Shopper

The Myth Of The Ethical Shopper

Business Economics Long Reads

What has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago? All sources led to the same conclusion: Boycotts have failed. Our clothes are being made in ways that advocacy campaigns can’t affect and in places they can’t reach. So how are we going to stop sweatshops now?

Eating The Arab Roots Of Sicilian Cuisine

Eating The Arab Roots Of Sicilian Cuisine

Food

Seen from the sky, the island appears as a triangularish football being punted toward the Maghreb by Italy’s boot. It’s a pixelated reflection of Sicilian identity itself, which hovers midway between North African and European. For Sicilians, mal d’Africa is a kind of phantom continent syndrome, a sense of nostalgia for a lost homeland.

The Junk Art King Of Zambia

The Junk Art King Of Zambia

Art World

Frederick Phiri is the junk-art king of central Africa: At just 22, he’s started to earn an international reputation for being able to make intricate and elegant sculptures from scrap metal found in his community.

Building Africa’s City In The Sea

Building Africa’s City In The Sea

Architecture Cities Videos

Nigeria is reclaiming 10 square kilometres of land from the ocean to create “Eko Atlantic” – a vast new city that is set to become the financial heart of Africa. 10 new city districts will then be constructed on this reclaimed land, providing commercial, residential and recreational amenities and homes to more than 250,000 residents.

The Love Story That Shocked The World

The Love Story That Shocked The World

History Videos

When Seretse Khama, an African prince, and Ruth Williams, a white middle-class clerk from Lloyd’s underwriters, got married in 1948, it provoked shock in Britain and Africa. Khama was exiled from Great Britain and later became the first president of Botswana when it became an independent country.

Why Socialism Failed in Africa

Why Socialism Failed in Africa

History Politics Videos

Considering capitalism to be equal to colonialism, Africa’s founding fathers rejected it and adopted marxist-socialism in the 1960s. Foreign companies were nationalised, state-owned enterprises were created and all sorts of controls on rents, prices, imports and foreign exchange.

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