Post Tagged with: "Africa"

on December 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM / in World

Africa: Heart of Darkness?

By: Melanie Kent Over a hundred years ago, Joseph Conrad wrote a novel about life as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. This novel, Heart of Darkness, perpetuates racist, imperialistic views of a barbarian Africa which high school and college students across America are quick to condemn. However, although many consider themselves more educated and open-minded […]

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on October 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM / in World

Why Kenya’s President Is a Criminal and Popular

By: Melanie Kent It’s Dec. 27, 2007, and the largest cities of Kenya – the booming, ordinarily stable, and most developed country in East Africa – are eerily silent and seemingly empty. You can drive through and buy a newspaper from a lone man at the gas station showing the face of each candidate that citizens will vote for as […]

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on April 9, 2014 at 12:36 PM / in World

Rwanda, 20 Years Later

By: Matthew Oldham   In the spring of 1994, the international community witnessed one of the most violent and horrific genocides ever orchestrated. In the tiny East African nation of Rwanda, ethnic conflict finally reached its dreadful crescendo in a 100-day massacre that resulted in the deaths of 800,000 men, women, and children. During the colonial era (1884-1961) the Hutu, […]

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on March 31, 2014 at 4:52 PM / in World

Uganda’s Crusade Against Homosexuality

By: Shornima KC “Homo Generals Plotted Kampala Terror Attack” claimed a headline in a Ugandan tabloid in November 2010. More recently, Red Pepper, another popular Ugandan tabloid, used “Exposed! Uganda’s Top 200 Homosexuals Named” as their headline. Only three years ago, David Kato, an LGBT rights activist, was brutally beaten to death after a similar tabloid story outed him as […]

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on March 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM / in World

The Lion on the Leash

By: Matt Oldham What would you buy with $75 billion dollars? It could go a long way—a new house, a couple Corvettes, maybe a yacht or two. Even after all of those purchases, there would still be enough money left over to do it 74 more times. China has found an alternate use for this money: trying to buy China. […]

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on November 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM / in World

An Eye for an Eye: The Possibility and Ramifications of Genocide in the Central African Republic

By: Michael Ingram There is a strong chance you have never heard of the Central African Republic (CAR). And why would you? The CAR is a small, landlocked country in the heart of Africa, as evident from its apt moniker. It ranks among the lowest echelons of not only African poverty, but world poverty.  Central African history since gaining independence […]

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on October 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM / in World

The Uncovered Continent

By: Aashka Dave The continental United States, China, India, Japan, and the majority of Europe can comfortably fit inside Africa’s land mass. Approximately 1.033 billion people call Africa home, making it the second largest continental population on Earth. Yet, Western media coverage of Africa falls far behind the typical expectations for a continent of this size. Take the recent bombings […]

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on September 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM / in World

African Poverty, Courtesy of the West

By: Kyle Hunter Despite the clear impact of internal corruption on African poverty, a Washington, D.C., non-government organization called Global Financial Integrity (GFI) argued in a May report that multinational corporations have an equally remarkable role. Lacking effective transparency requirements, these corporations annually siphon a trillion dollars from developing markets, 500 billion of which end in first-world accounts. Therefore, much […]

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on April 8, 2013 at 8:34 PM / in World

An Alternative Perspective on FGM

By: Tia Ayele  As one of the most controversial issues in the discourse of public health and human rights, female genital mutilation (FGM) persists in much of the developing world.  Practiced in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, it is estimated that over 3 million girls undergo FGM each year. Although FGM is perceived as a provincial cultural […]

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on March 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM / in World

The Great Firewall of Africa

By: Tia Ayele The plight of human rights in Africa is one of grave concern to the international community. Daily obstructions to fundamental rights are discernable in most countries in Africa, as the suppression of political freedom and expression is largely universal to African authoritarian regimes. With such poor levels of human rights, it seems rather farcical to expect Africa […]

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