Africa Category Archives

Did President Mugabe Just Pull a George W. Bush?

Published on 29 Jun 2008 at 11:55 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under Africa,news/politics.

In the year 2000 one of the most controversial elections in United States history took place, as Governor George W. Bush faced former vice president Al Gore for the presidency. The race was so close that it forced a recount, which reared contested results. Though Gore won the popular vote, Bush walked away with the […]

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Xenophobia: Violence Erupts in South Africa

Published on 22 May 2008 at 12:37 pm. 5 Comments.
Filed under Africa,violence.

In the wake of economic turmoil in neighboring countries, South Africa has experienced a spike in immigration in recent years. Zimbabwe alone has seen an exodus of over 2 million, with many people looking for a better life in South Africa. This influx of immigrants and refugees has led to violence, looting and murder in […]

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“Africa Must Produce or Perish”

Published on 13 May 2008 at 9:30 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under Africa,economy,international relations.

Africa Day is coming up on May 25th, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the creation of the OAU (Organization of African Unity) now known as the AU, or the African Union. Africa Must Produce or Perish is excerpted from a speech delivered by Philip Emeagwali to the African community in Valencia, Spain on May 11, […]

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Uganda: U.S. Army Set to Recruit Citizens

Published on 11 Apr 2008 at 3:12 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under Africa,diaspora,international relations,news/politics,violence.

Not much to say about this–not much but ‘damn.’ ***UPDATE*** Army attendance at Uganda conference stirs recruiting rumor The United States Army is not looking for a few good Ugandans. An Army recruiting spokesman said Wednesday he was working to squelch a potential influx of interested applicants after an African news agency incorrectly reported the […]

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Coke Catastrophe Averted in Liberia

Published on 2 Feb 2008 at 9:10 pm. No Comments.
Filed under Africa,collective action,health,international relations.

2.5 metric tons of cocaine was seized yesterday by a French military vessel, off the coast of West Africa. The “Blue Atlantic” was carrying 92 barrels of cocaine, leaving officials dumbfounded as to how to dispose of the massive cargo. Officials arrested 9 Ghanaian traffickers in what was the biggest drug bust in Liberian history. […]

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Ending Famine, Simply by Ignoring the Experts

Published on 5 Dec 2007 at 12:15 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under Africa,news/politics,poverty.

Just thought this was an interesting story… Over the past 20 years, the World Bank and some rich nations Malawi depends on for aid have periodically pressed this small, landlocked country to adhere to free market policies and cut back or eliminate fertilizer subsidies, even as the United States and Europe extensively subsidized their own […]

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WORLD AIDS DAY 2007

Published on 1 Dec 2007 at 11:24 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under Africa,collective action,diaspora,health.

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. Why is it relevant to us? (I’m […]

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“Please Europeans, our children are not for sale”

Published on 22 Nov 2007 at 2:26 pm. 32 Comments.
Filed under Africa,history,news/politics.

In late October, Qatar-based blogger Abdurahman Warsame wrote about on the alleged kidnapping of 103 kids from villages in Chad to be sold to French families. Pascal Fletcher of Rutgers reports, “The sight of frightened, bewildered children torn from their homes by wars or poverty is one of the most recurringly haunting faces of Africa. […]

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Puff, Puff Cash

Published on 8 Nov 2007 at 1:24 am. 5 Comments.
Filed under Africa,health.

Over the past two decades, health activists have made some serious strides in loosening the harmful grip that tobacco companies have had over the American public. When I was coming up in the 80s there was no legal smoking age, you could buy cigarettes from a vending machine and Joe Camel advertisements were as common […]

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Africans are “less intelligent,” says Nobel Prize laureate

Published on 20 Oct 2007 at 11:39 pm. 19 Comments.
Filed under academia,Africa,racism.

Molecular biologist Dr. James Watson shared the 1962 Nobel prize for medicine with Francis Crick and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins for their description of the double helix structure of DNA. Is it possible that Watson’s findings also concluded that the genetic structure of Europeans is fundamentally different than that of people of African descent? A […]

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