Search Results for "Congo " : 13

by / on April 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm / in Opinion, World

An Inconvenient Choice

…of deforestation in the DRC. Photograph by Daniel Beltra of The Guardian When Charles Marlow made his way up the Congo in search of the notorious Mr. Kurtz at the turn of the twentieth century, he described the land as one of impenetrable jungle, a steamy, dense, green world to which white man had very little access. Over a hundred years later, the landscape immortalized by Joseph Conrad has been remarkably well preserved. While the Congo’s fores…

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by / on January 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Waiting, Sitting, Wishing

…e in the bush; the Rwandan genocide and the Ugandan tribal wars with groups like the LRA,” explained Gerard. The Congo has two different problems. On one hand, there are many Congolese rebel groups that predominantly function around and control the mines. The other problem is the rebels outside Congo. After hearing this, I mused on whether the announcement of the presidential election results was delayed in order to give Kabila enough time to fin…

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by / on August 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm / in Africa, Opinion, World, World

The Invisible Facts

by Media outlets have long tended to oversimplify the news and serve the public an easily digestible mix of shocking sound bites. Even storied traditional news organizations have fallen victim to sensationalism, caught by incentives to distort and dramatize, though such a “business model” may seem in outright conflict with their stated purpose to provide truthful and objective reporting. “Facts” created by such media practices, and ev…

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by / on May 2, 2007 at 8:28 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Organizations, World

The Neuer Affair

by In the past few weeks, Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the watchdog organization UNWatch, has become the persona non grata at the recently overhauled UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. At the Council’s fourth session in late March, Neuer delivered a speech that so infuriated Council President Luis Alfonso de Alba that it was stricken from the official UN record. What could Neuer have said to provoke such censure? Beginning h…

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by / on October 12, 2014 at 3:12 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 10/13 – 10/19

by Monday, October 13th Perspectives of Global Development 2014: Boosting Productivity to Meet the Middle Income Challenge 10:00am – 12:30pm International Affairs Building, Room 1501 Carl Dahlman is Head of the Thematic Division and Head of Global Development Research at the OECD’s Development Centre. Prior to joining the OECD in September 2013, he was an Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreig…

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by / on October 19, 2014 at 11:50 am / in Campus, Events

Events 10/20 – 10/26

by Monday, October 20th   To lose without fighting? The US, China, Southeast Asia and the South China Sea 12:00pm – 1:30pm International Affairs Building, Room 918 Brown Bag Lecture featuring Bill Hayton, reporter at BBC. Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the APEC Study Center, SEASI, and Asia American Journalists Association at Columbia. For further information regarding this event, please contact […]

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by / on November 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm / in Campus, Events

Events: 11/10 – 11/16

by Monday, November 10th Panel discussion on the The Evolving Role of Advocacy and Interest Groups in K-12 Education 6:00pm – 8:00pm Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105. A casual reception will begin at 6:00PM, the panel will go from 6:30-8:00PM The goal for the event is to identify and assess the roles that interest and advocacy groups have played, are playing, or might play in aiding or hindering the improvement of public education,…

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by / on August 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm / in Africa, Web Columnists, World

America Courts Africa

by “Africa at night (Cropped From Entire Earth Image)” by Data courtesy Marc Imhoff of NASA GSFC and Christopher Elvidge of NOAA NGDC. Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC. – http://eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/ve//1438/land_lights_16384.tif. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – The recently concluded inaugural U.S.-Africa leaders summit has been hailed as the United States’ strongest st…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:04 am / in Africa, Cover Story, Issue, Main Menu, World

27 Million Bound

by In July 2009, President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to sub-Saharan Africa and took his wife and daughters to the Cape Coast Castle, a ghostly whitewashed fort in Ghana that was used to hold and ship Africans to the Americas during the time of the Atlantic slave trade. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Obama compared visiting Cape Coast to visiting Birkenau: “The experience of slavery is like the experience of…

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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

by Western media coverage of the conflict in Kenya has been enormous, especially for a story coming out of Africa. The reportage has been a staple of the Economist and the New York Times since the beginning of the year, and even the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has run the AP’s dispatches from Nairobi. Yet for all its breadth, the coverage has been dangerously lacking in depth. The media’s principal crime has been to recycle plot lines fr…

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