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Angus McBride. Picture of a Nubian infantryman, 10th century AD. The shield would have been made from a tough ox hide stretched over a wooden frame. A very good material for making effective shields.

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Angus McBride. Picture of a Nubian infantryman, 10th century AD. The shield would have been made from a tough ox hide stretched over a wooden frame. A very good material for making effective shields.

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Kandake, also Candace, was the title for queens and queen mothers of the ancient African kingdom of Kush.

In the kingdom of Kush (called Ethiopia by classical authors), particularly during the Meroitic period, women played prominent roles in affairs of the state, occupying positions of power and prestige, the natural outgrowth of which was the development of a line of queens. The kendakes held just as much, if not more, power than the kings; The mothers would rule and create their sons as rulers, but they also deposed their own sons too. In fact, a Kandake could order the king to commit suicide to end his rule, an order that he was required to follow. They were rulers in their own right, and they ruled alongside the kings.

There are four women most often cited as Candace: Amanerinas, Amanishakhete, Nawidemak and Maleqereabar and each of them Powerful rulers. After alexander the great conquered Kemet, he decided to continue south to invade Kush, but he had to contend with Candace, one of the “mother queens,” who was the general-in-chief of the army as well as a great military commander and war strategist. As Alexander headed towards the first cataract feeling good about his victories, he saw the Kushite army with its leader Queen Candace, who was sitting on a royally designed bench set across the top of two elephants.

There are different accounts of what actually occurred when Candace confronted Alexander. According to Chancellor Williams, after seeing Candace’s formidable defense of well-trained soldiers armed with iron weapons, Alexander reconsidered his decision to go into battle because his opponent’s air of confidence forced him to think about his winning streak. William Leo Hansberry says that Alexander met semi-privately with Candace. Legend has it that Candace advised Alexander to leave the region immediately and if he refused, after defeating his army, she would cut off his head and roll it down a hill. He also weighed the possibility of losing to a woman general against his reputation.

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Click here for a very brief introductory overview about the Kandake’s.

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[Video] Bureh Beach Boys: The First Surfers of Sierra Leone

In 2003 a few local boys from Bureh Town, Sierra Leone started to go out in the ocean in a different way. The chopped out parts of old canoes and used them as Boogie Boards, without knowing that they took the first step towards surfing. Ten years later they still do the same, going out in the water to surf, now just with real surfboards that they got over the years. The first surfers of Sierra Leone live the pure surf-lifestyle with their small surf club, unnoticed from the world.

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The myths surrounding Ancient African Writing systems

Historically, the continent of Africa was looked at as the “Dark Continent”. It was assumed by many Europeans that Africa was “uncivilized” and “barbaric” and in no way could have developed such complex languages.

However this belief was as far removed from reality as possible as communicating, writing and trade are part of the human experience especially for the regions and kingdoms that traded internationally.  There were many different writing systems in Africa. The writing systems were and still are, a reflection of various philosophies [thought processes] found in African cultures and civilizations. Language, to an African mind is part of your spirituality. The word spirituality is a way of life based on a society’s belief systems and moral values as they relate to a higher being. A spirituality is all of what you define yourself to be and is intertwined with your everyday actions. Your spirituality cannot be separated from your being. Egyptians believed that God is everything and everything is God as did many other Africans, not the idea that God is just in everything. Spirituality is also the relationship between you and your ancestors. When a person dies, the “spirit” returns to a higher being. Your ancestors then become, your link with that higher being. Symbolism is a way of expressing that spirituality through individual aspects of your culture. Therefore spiritual symbolism means your relationship with a higher being and your ancestors who are parts of the higher being through the individual aspects of your culture in everyday life. Much of the text written by Egyptian scribes were attached to a Egyptian spiritual belief.

Source: http://www.library.cornell.edu/africana/Writing_Systems/Welcome.html

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 Sahara with Michael Palin Episode 2 - Destination Timbuktu.

The Sahara is one of the most powerful and evocative names on the world map. It is the size of the USA and extremely diverse in culture and landscape. With a long history of commerce and conquest stretching from before it became desert to the time of the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich republics of today.

BBC Presenter Michael Palin travelled around the Sahara in Northern - and Western Africa, meeting people and visiting places. The journey route included the following countries and territories: Gibraltar, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.

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An Iranian Rap Group Calls for Peace

The Obama administration’s recent pronouncements against Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons were, in part, seen as a warning to Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry told senators at the Foreign Service Committee, “Iran is hoping you look the other way.  Our inaction would surely give them a permission slip.” American proponents of a Syrian military intervention, such as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, believe inaction “will be seen as a green light by the Iranian regime” to continue with its nuclear weapons program.
In reaction to some of this stepped-up rhetoric, the Iranian hip-hop artist Base One Basic released a new video called “Call to Disarms (Why Are You Scared of Iran?)” on September 5.
Read more. [Image: Base One Basic]

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An Iranian Rap Group Calls for Peace

The Obama administration’s recent pronouncements against Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons were, in part, seen as a warning to Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry told senators at the Foreign Service Committee, “Iran is hoping you look the other way.  Our inaction would surely give them a permission slip.” American proponents of a Syrian military intervention, such as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, believe inaction “will be seen as a green light by the Iranian regime” to continue with its nuclear weapons program.

In reaction to some of this stepped-up rhetoric, the Iranian hip-hop artist Base One Basic released a new video called “Call to Disarms (Why Are You Scared of Iran?)” on September 5.

Read more. [Image: Base One Basic]

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In Focus: The Strange Beauty of Salt Mines

Salt, an essential element for all animal life, is abundant here on Earth, but it still requires extraction from stone deposits or salty waters. The process of mining that salt can produce beautiful landscapes, including deep, stable caverns, multicolored pools of water, and geometric carvings. Some of these locations have even become tourist destinations, serving as concert halls, museums, and health spas touting the benefits of halotherapy. Collected here are images of salt mines across the world, above and below ground.

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