The News Media and Public Health Crises

Mar 19, 2020

The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to threaten the health and lives of large numbers of people throughout the world. It has also wrought havoc on social and economic activity, most notably in high-income countries in Asia and the West. It has also captured the attention of the...

Africa’s Mixed Record on Keeping Up With UN Goals
Mar 10, 2020

Africa’s Mixed Record on Keeping Up With UN Goals

Talking African Literature With Chigozie Obioma
Mar 05, 2020

Talking African Literature With Chigozie Obioma

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy
Feb 18, 2020

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa

Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa

Feb 14, 2020

As General Khalifa Haftar’s troops continue to battle the UN-recognized Government of National Accord for the control of Libya’s capital Tripoli in a “final push,” it is evident things might get worse than they already are for the country that has been engulfed in conflict since 2011....

The World Needs to Find a “Way of Knowledge”

The World Needs to Find a “Way of Knowledge”

Jan 23, 2020

What happens when Westerners discover and acknowledge a series of identifiable facts? According to Western logic, that body of knowledge puts them in a position to create the tools that will enable them to solve problems. Those tools fall into two broad categories: methods and technology. The...

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Jan 21, 2020

On December 24, 2019, The New York Times reported that Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper is weighing proposals for a major reduction — or even a complete pullout — of US forces from West Africa. This is the first phase of reviewing deployments that could reshuffle thousands of troops worldwide...

A Kenyan Journey Through Slums to Posh Places

A Kenyan Journey Through Slums to Posh Places

Dec 23, 2019

My Kenyan friends have long asked me to write on their country. After much hesitation, I am penning my impressions. At the outset, readers must know that I am no expert on Kenya. So, they must take everything I write with a fistful if not a pinch of salt. The most striking impression I have of...

For Nigeria’s Women, the Threat of Sexual Violence Is Never Far Away

For Nigeria's Women, the Threat of Sexual Violence Is Never Far Away

Nov 29, 2019

Few things unite Nigerians like the numerous stories of sexual abuse, intrenched in tradition and scattered across tribes and cultures, and perpetrated mostly against women. So endemic is this culture of sexual violence against women that it is woven into the very fabric of our existence. It cuts...

Is South Africa Heading for a Storm?

Is South Africa Heading for a Storm?

Nov 26, 2019

Despite having a technocratic president in Cyril Ramaphosa, are the structural underpinnings of the economy so weak that South Africa’s future is endangered? Allied to weak economic foundations are the questions of corruption and extremely poor public administration. The mismanagement at both...

Me Too Movement: A History of Women Taking Charge

Me Too Movement: A History of Women Taking Charge

Nov 15, 2019

In 2006, long before hashtags, Tarana Burke began a grassroots “me too” movement to try and reach women and girl survivors of sexual assault, particularly women of color in low wealth communities. In 2017, actor Alyssa Milano used “me too” as a hashtag, and it went viral. While much has...

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

Sep 12, 2019

In 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump posted a rather enigmatic tweet about“farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers” by the South African government. What initially seemed puzzling was soon everywhere. A few days later, during the former UK...

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

Aug 22, 2019

Malawi is one of the most impoverished nations on the planet. It is experiencing what officials describe as a “population explosion” in a society with inadequate resources. As of 2018, Malawi is the third poorest country in the world with a GDP per capita of only $342, according to the...

Why Peacekeeping Fails

Why Peacekeeping Fails

Jul 30, 2019

The United Nations was not even three years old when it launched its first peacekeeping mission in 1948. For the last 70 years, it has been continuously involved in such operations, often with mixed results. Over this time, peacekeeping and the wars to which it has been applied have changed. The...

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