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Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



If Privatizing Education Aggravates Inequality, Why Does the World Bank Support It?

Fifteen years after the international community committed itself to bringing primary education to every boy and girl, 58 million children still lack access to schools, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE



Sex, Drugs and Dead Soldiers: What the U.S. Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know

As American military operations have ramped up across Africa, reports of excessive drinking, sex with prostitutes, drug use, sexual assaults, and other forms of violence by AFRICOM personnel have escalated, and many of them have been kept under wraps.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



Who Gets to Be Black in America?

The lack of room for possibility in identity, the lack of room for people to be dynamic beings, is dangerous—even cultish.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE



Chibok Girls Remembered, One Year On

The loss of hundreds of schoolgirls to Boko Haram has shown that in Nigeria, the powerful care nothing about the powerless until an international tragedy embarrasses them.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



Military Missions at Record High After U.S. Signs Deal to Stay in Africa for Decades

Despite grim outcomes since the American military began “pivoting” to Africa after 9/11, the U.S. recently signed an agreement designed to keep its troops on the continent until almost midcentury.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Call for Reparations Rises Again

In 1865, former slaves first heard the broken promise that they would receive “40 acres and a mule” to start their new lives. Now, 150 years later, the movement seeking compensation and healing for the slaves’ descendants is coming back to life.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



Will Boko Haram Cause Nigeria’s North and South to Separate?

Thanks to the Islamist extremist group, old north-versus-south sentiments now threaten to split the regions that had found solidarity against an incompetent government. The upshot could be more terrorism.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE



Renewable Energy Is Skyrocketing, From Solar Mosques to Wave-Powered Naval Bases (Video)

Here are some of the green energy good news stories of the past few weeks.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



History of Violence: Accusations but No Justice in Liberia (Video)

Many of those accused of unspeakable brutality during Liberia’s civil war have never been formally tried.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Asia Moves Into the Forefront of Solar Revolution

China has now overtaken the European Union as the largest new market for solar power as the industry becomes one of the fastest growing in the world.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Chimps’ Survival Hopes Jeopardized by Climate Change

One of our closest animal relatives is at risk of being wiped out as changing rainfall patterns threaten to destroy its Central African habitat.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About the Recent Boko Haram Massacre in Nigeria?

It seems the 17 dead Parisians are worth more in the mass media’s eyes than the estimated 2,000 people killed in the town of Baga, Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram on Friday.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Tunisia: Nationalist Candidate’s Claimed Win in Presidential Poll Contested

The major political parties do fairly sophisticated exit polling in Tunisian elections now, and secular, nationalist warhorse Beji Caid Essebsi claimed a victory of some 52 or 53 percent on Sunday evening.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Loss of Rainforests Is Double Whammy Threat to Climate

New research spells out the devastating impacts that complete destruction of tropical forests would have on global temperatures, weather patterns and agriculture.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE


New ‘Daily Show’ Contributor Puts America to Shame With a Comparison to Africa

In a segment hilariously titled “Spot the Africa,” the latest addition to the “Daily Show” team, Trevor Noah, compares conditions in his home continent of Africa to those in the U.S. Let’s just say, the truth is more than a little unpleasant.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Terrorists Bomb Ancient Mosque, Killing 81

The most important mosque in north Nigeria’s biggest city, Kano, came under attack Friday, just as worshipers were gathering to pray.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



The Outpost That Doesn’t Exist in the Country You Can’t Locate

Recent contracting documents indicate that the U.S. military is building something in Chad. Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp. The revelation suggests yet another potential source of blowback from America’s efforts in Africa which have backfired, gone bust, and sown strife.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Why Aren’t Europe and the U.S. Doing More to Support Tunisia’s Transition Into Democracy?

Fears that the historic vote on Sunday in Tunisia might be marred by violence committed by the country’s tiny lunatic fringe were not borne out.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa’s Sahel

With population increasing and food demand far outstripping supply, the Sahel is vulnerable to a new humanitarian crisis—and researchers warn that rising temperatures will make matters only worse.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Threatens National Security, Pentagon Says

The Pentagon released a report earlier this week detailing the threats that climate change poses in the near future.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



‘Uppity’ Women in a Man’s World: Zimbabwean Women Fight to Make Their Mark in the Media

Working as a journalist in Zimbabwe is a risky business for all members of the media, but it is doubly challenging for women.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE


Ebola: CDC Director Sees Progress From Dallas to Africa

While Spain attends to the first case of Ebola transmission outside of Africa since the crisis began, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, expresses cautious optimism.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can’t Stop Ebola With Borders

The panicked, isolationist rush to seal off America from the rest of the world shows how little pundits and politicians understand infectious disease.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



CDC: First Person to Test Positive for Ebola in U.S. Is in Dallas

Ebola has officially come to the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is attempting to contain Americans’ anxieties along with the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Arab Political Crisis: It Isn’t a Matter of Civilization and It Isn’t Unique

Al-Arabiya Washington bureau chief Hisham Melhem had a piece in Politico Magazine on Thursday on what he calls the collapse of Arab civilization. The piece is riddled with contradictions and fuzzy thinking and with all due respect to Milhem, who is a knowledgeable and experienced correspondent, I am going to disagree with it vehemently.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



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WHO: Ebola Outlook Is ‘Bleak’

The World Health Organization has issued a very frightening report that basically says as worried as we’ve all been about Ebola in West Africa, things are much, much worse.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Population Growth Data Is Bad News for Climate

A sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80 percent probability that the planet’s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability—and climate change.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



Illegal Deforestation Is Growing Problem for Climate

Foreign demand for agricultural products worth an estimated $61 billion annually is driving up the devastating rate at which tropical forests are being cleared illegally—and pushing up carbon emissions.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



How Not to Win Hearts and Minds in Africa

The U.S. is trying to win a war for the hearts and minds of Africa. But a Pentagon investigation suggests that those mystery projects somewhere out there in Djibouti or Ethiopia or Kenya or here in Tanzania may well be orphaned, ill-planned and undocumented failures-in-the-making.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The World Is Losing the Battle to Contain’ Ebola

The world’s leading medical organizations are sounding the alarm over an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has now spread to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the 3,500 confirmed cases, 1,500 people have died.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Ebola’s Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril

Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



Concern Spreads With Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Nigeria is looking like the next frontier for the Ebola outbreak that has Liberia on lockdown, after a man infected with the virulent virus flew to Lagos from Liberia before succumbing to the disease late last month.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



China, America and a New Cold War in Africa?

For the last decade China has used aid, trade and infrastructure projects to set itself up as the dominant foreign player in Africa, while the U.S. has increasingly confronted the continent as a “battlefield.” These approaches have produced starkly contrasting results for the powers involved and the rising nations of the continent. The differences are perhaps nowhere as stark as in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



Old Phones Offer Lifeline to Africa’s Forests

Recycled smartphones are being used in a high-tech approach to combating the illegal logging and poaching that are devastating trees and wildlife in endangered forests.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



Farewell to Africa’s Elegant Antelope?

The continent’s most endangered large mammal species is the hirola, with just over 400 of the animals living in a narrow strip of “sandy, thorny wilderness along Kenya’s volatile border with Somalia”—down from 15,000 in the mid-1970s.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Kerry Says Nigerian Offensive to Rescue Schoolgirls ‘Risky’

Secretary of State John Kerry warned that a Nigerian offensive to go after Boko Haram and attempt to free 219 kidnapped schoolgirls “could be very risky.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Steps Up Effort to Find Nigerian Girls

The United States deployed 80 military personnel to Chad on Wednesday to help find 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, as Nigeria probed its deadliest attack ever, two car bombings in the city of Jos, with the militant group the main suspect.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



Nigerian President Sparks Outcry by Canceling Visit to Abducted Girls’ Town

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday canceled a visit to the hometown of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants, provoking fresh criticism of his handling of the crisis.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?

What happens when millions of Africans die in a conflict in which some of the world’s most desired natural resources are at stake? Very little, it turns out.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



The U.S. Military’s New Normal in Africa

The real “new normal” for U.S. Africa Command is the culmination of years of construction, ingratiation, and interventions, the fruits of wide-eyed expansion and dismal policy failures, the backing of proxies to fight America’s battles, while increasing U.S. personnel and firepower in and around the continent.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE


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