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Trump Targets Rwanda With New Trade Rules

Donald Trump claims Rwanda's ban on American used clothing is hurting US interests.

Donald Trump will suspend duty-free clothing imports from Rwanda, following the country's decision to ban US second-hand clothing exports, reports Business Daily Africa.

Trump made the announcement in a letter on Thursday, in which he stated that "Rwanda's duty-free status for apparel will end in 60 days if no corrective actions are taken."

Adding that Rwanda's refusal of secondhand clothing from the United States defies the requirements set in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which gives specified African nations duty-free trade access to the US under certain conditions. One of them being removing barriers to trade and investment from the US.


Tanzania and Uganda also faced possible suspension, after a petition was raised by secondhand retailers claiming that a tariff on their goods in the aforementioned countries would harm the industry. Both Tanzania and Uganda removed such tariffs and remain part of Agoa.

With these sorts of trade "agreements" put in place, African countries face a unique dilemma. Rwanda was in a disadvantageous position whether it chose to remain part of Agoa or not. Is this what happens when African governments make even the slightest attempt to exert economic power over their own countries? According to both Trump and history, the answer is a resounding yes.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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