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Anger mounts in Benin as new data tax drives up internet costs
Benin is the latest country in Africa to introduce a tax that effectively rescinds internet access, in this case by "driv[ing] up the price of using social networks from 2 CFA francs to 10 CFA francs per megabyte," AFP reports.

"A planned protest against a sharp hike in internet costs in Benin was blocked on Friday in Cotonou, the country's commercial hub, after the authorities refused to grant a licence for the demonstration...Opposition to the increased charges are growing momentum, ironically on social networks where activists have launched hashtags like #TaxePasMesMo (Don't tax my megabytes) and an online petition that has collected over 13,000 signatures. 'We think that the Beninese government should rather compel telecom operators to improve the quality of their service,' said the petition on the change.org platform...In late May, Uganda introduced a tax for WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to silence 'gossip' that has been met with fierce resistance. Tanzania has also introduced a new law requiring online platforms to pay for a licence and regulating internet content, requiring operators of online platforms to divulge the names of their sources and contributors if the authorities require it."
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september 2018 by dmcdev
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In sub saharan Africa, social media taxes and regulation are spreading. In an astonishing way, economy minis…
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Wikipedia - Hoodoo (folk magic)
"African American Hoodoo (also known as "conjure", "rootworking", "root doctoring", or "working the root")."
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july 2018 by cosmic
The Last Slave
From Zora Neal Hurston’s unpublished book.
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may 2018 by nwlinks
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december 2017 by hwileniu
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november 2017 by holden

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