Why has Africa, a continent rich in human and natural resources, remained mired in poverty while the rest of the world has generally become more prosperous? As a December 21 New York Times report indicates, one of the biggest reasons is the lack of property rights. Poor Africans who have worked tracts of land for generations “are discovering that African governments typically own their land and have been leasing it, often at bargain prices, to private investors and foreign governments for decades to come,” according to the newspaper:
Kenya is forcing more than 8,000 Somali refugees found in no-man's land between Kenya and Somalia to go back to Somalia, while a second group of refugees has been moved toward the border with Ethiopia in violation of international law.
On Sunday, October 31, Somali lawmakers unanimously voted to endorse the country's new Premier after weeks of political confusion when 297 lawmakers — out of the total 391 that held session in Mogadishu — raised their hands and agreed to endorse Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed as the new Prime Minister. Ninety-two rejected him, while two abstained.
Those full-body scanners the Transportation Security Administration has deployed in airports across the country have raised numerous privacy concerns. They can, after all, see right through clothing and provide a very detailed view of a person’s most intimate anatomical features — so detailed, in fact, that when a TSA screener’s genitalia were spotted by his coworkers during a training session and became an object of ridicule, the screener assaulted one of those making fun of his puny manhood.