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Congo war nears Uganda

Local and foreign-backed forces wage war over mineral riches Some residents of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo simply call it la guerre sans fin — the war without end. One morning in August, Abigael Bahati felt it in her skin as she searched for cassava leaves close to the …

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Pesapal roots for contactless payments

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Pesapal, a payment solutions provider has held an engagement activity with its tourism and hospitality sector customers to bolster digital transformation in the industry, it said on Oct.20. Held in Kampala under the theme; ‘Adapt and thrive’, the event organisers aimed at discussing ways that …

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Mwenda wrong on free speech

  No society has absolute freedom of speech but criticising Western liberal societies is lazy journalism COMMENT | JACK PINTO | Refer to: “The illusion of free speech: How the war in Ukraine demonstrates the poverty of freedom of the press and speech in Western liberal democracies” (The Independent Oct.11). …

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Leveraging data for the public good

  Governments need to stop using a one-size-fits-all approach when planning investments or designing policies COMMENT | CHRISTOPHER PISSARIDES, FADI FARRA AND AMIRA BENSEBAA | The digital age has taught businesses to see people as individuals rather than just as members of certain demographic cohorts. On social media, we receive …

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Why services need an industrial policy

It would ensure a supply of good jobs and brighter career prospects for bottom and middle skilled COMMENT | DANI RODRIK | Good jobs have become a top priority worldwide. Policymakers in advanced and developing economies alike are stressing the need for well-paying employment opportunities with job security and career …

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Ebola: Don’t repeat COVID mistakes

The international response to the Ebola outbreak has been limited, leaving Uganda more isolated than it should be COMMENT | IRENE ATUHAIRWE DUHANGA | With news of Uganda announcing a three-week lockdown in two districts and the first Ebola death in Kampala — the capital city of over 3 million …

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Why People Drink

Researchers look at genetics, peer pressure and coping mechanisms | THE INDEPENDENT | A new study suggests that there may be a genetic basis to drinking motives that links them to alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) refers to drinking of alcohol that causes mental and …

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Danger in hair straightener use

Experts find it doubles risk of uterine cancer | THE INDEPENDENT | A new study from the National Institutes of Health has found that women who use hair straightening products are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer as those who do not. Researchers believe Black women may be at …

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