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Video: Angola Represents at Miss Universe Pageant

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Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Sao Paulo, Brazil - effectively making her the most beautiful woman in the world. Women from 89 countries competed for the title but Lopes came out on top! Angola boost!

We love seeing Africa represented on the world stage, but also wonder what the implications of a "beauty" pageant are for gender equality in many parts of the continent... or many parts of the world for that matter.

For example, what does a bikini contest imply about whose notion of beauty the contestants are being judged by? The stereotypical Western male? Celebrity judge, Connie Chung wants us to keep in mind that "these women are not objects to be looked at. They're to be taken seriously," but I wonder if Chung has ever seen the interview with last year's Miss Angola, Jerema Ferraz. At the one minute mark in the video below, Ferraz begins to talk about the difficulties of the civil war in Angola when the video cuts out and she's asked to make sound effects. For real, like animals and car engines.

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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