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Fair Observer: Best of Africa


December 20, 2012 17:45 EDT

Fair Observer's five best Africa articles of 2012.

1: The Changing Face of Africa — Tony O.Elumelu

Africa has grown by leaps and bounds over the last two decades, and will continue to do so.

2: From Here to Timbuktu — Whitney Grespin

Recent events in Mali illustrate how ideological radicals attempt to disassemble a cultural identity step by step, first through objects and then beliefs. 

3: Judd Gregg’s War Against Liberia’s Charles Taylor — Chris Mahoney

How a New Hampshire Senator, encouraged by the British government, changed US policy and brought Charles Taylor to justice.

4: Kenya Strikes Oil! What Next? — Roselyne MerikoKiragu & Macharia Nginyo

The extent to which Kenya’s newfound oil reserves will fuel its growth trajectory remains to be seen.

5: Uganda: More than Kony 2012 — Mara Foundation

Mara Foundation in Uganda offers its perspective on the Kony 2012 campaign, demonstrating how it has “piggy-backed” the viral fame of Invisible Children’s video, and details a personal reaction of an employee.


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