Search Results for "Africa" : 74

by / on December 18, 2009 at 7:46 am / in Africa, Culture, Issue, World

Africa Disempowe(red)

…h incarnation. The letters may be weathered, but the message is clear: buy this t-shirt to help to fight AIDS in Africa. This formula seems almost too good to be true: you don’t have to change any of your normal habits, and you can help save Africans. On closer inspection, however, (RED)’s products and advertising campaigns may actually be perpetuating attitudes and beliefs that hinder the very people they purportedly help. Compare a Product (RED…

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by / on May 1, 2005 at 6:22 pm / in Africa, World

Africa’s New Union

…, improving the state of public health, and building the infrastructure needed to initiate sustainable growth in Africa are only some of the tremendous tasks that deserve Sachs’s attention. Overarching all of these goals is the promotion of good governance and the rule of law. The African Union, born out of an ineffective predecessor, the Organization for African Unity, has the potential to gain ground as a respectable continental body that could…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:07 am / in Africa, Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

Bye Bye Beijing

by China’s recent activity in Africa goes beyond the mere muscle-flexing and oil-grabbing tendencies of an emerging global power. In the last five years, media reports of China’s growing presence in Africa have increasingly reinforced and intensified Western fears of an unrestrainable imperialist state. Articles brandishing headlines such as “China’s Economic Invasion of Africa” and “Africa: China’s New Backyard” depict Africa as the v…

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by / on April 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm / in Africa, Issue, World

Diamonds Aren’t Forever

…n of Rhodesia before it split into Zambia and Zimbabwe. Cecil Rhodes left his own contribution to the history of Africa by leaving what many white men before him have left to Africa—a vehicle to imperialize the continent, a vehicle enshrined in exploitation of the world’s most precious stone. Cecil Rhodes founded De Beers. De Beers, the world’s most powerful diamond mining company, has held a monopoly on the diamond market since the trade evolved…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm / in Africa, Organizations, World

Gimme, Gimme More

…and 2011 exceeded a total of 200 million hectares. According to public reports, 134 million hectares of land in Africa now belong to foreign investors. This means approximately five percent of the African continent is entangled in a land grab. Additionally, the proliferation of legal-yet-clandestine land acquisition deals means that the true quantity of foreign-owned land in Africa is likely even greater. While the sheer size of African land acq…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm / in Fall 2013, Latin America, World

Corrupting the Cup

…d of geopolitical rhetoric. To confirm this, one simply needs to look at the most recently selected hosts: South Africa, Brazil, Russia, and Qatar. All have been touted as emerging economies, and the chance to successfully host the World Cup has been advertised as a great positive, showing newfound economic status (anyone remember Shakira’s theme song for the South African World Cup?). FIFA, meanwhile, stands to gain from the continued expansion…

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by / on April 2, 2008 at 4:29 am / in Africa, Issue, Main Menu, World

How We Don’t Look at Kenya

…rhaps the most frustrating idea expressed in the Western media, however, is that Kenya somehow represents all of Africa—an Africa where democracy will never stick and where no viable independent economy can ever sustain itself. A January 24 Economist article warned, “The stakes are high. A complete meltdown in Kenya may set back the entire continent.” The fear is that NGOs and business interests will stop investing time and money in the entire co…

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by / on March 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm / in Africa, Kyle Dontoh, Web Columnists, World

West Africa’s Prophet Problem

by The choir of Christchurch Cathedral, Lagos. March 7′s Wall Street Journal included  a rather unusual headline – “Heavenly Currency Intervention Is Sought“. If one were to read the article, it would reveal that some in Ghana have taken to the equally unusual measure of praying for the country’s currency, the Cedi, to stop falling in value. “I command the resurrection of the cedi – in the…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:43 am / in Africa, Middle East, World

Two Peoples, One Libya

…or to India, Ali Al-Essawi, in a sit-down interview with Al Jazeera. He characterized these mercenaries as black Africans who could not speak Arabic – “foreigners” who were “doing terrible things” to women and children. Both Western and Arab news outlets fed the public with a barrage of violent images that resulted in the construction of a narrative of African mercenaries as unequivocal villains in the Libyan conflict, short in savagery to only Q…

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by / on May 2, 2007 at 8:56 pm / in Africa, Issue, Main Menu, World

Empowe(Red)

…e of clothing, half of whose profits will be given to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in women and children in Africa. Emporio Armani, Converse and Motorola have all signed on to the same effort, making it a truly massive source of funding. Melissa Swanson, a spokesperson for Gap, told me that since the October launch, the campaign has raised enough money to cover annual antiretroviral drugs for over 20,000 women and children in Africa. Does th…

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