The Strathmore University Drill Tragedy and Kenya’s Terrorism Problem

On Monday, November 30th, a Kenyan woman died after jumping from a top floor window in the face of a surprise terror drill at Strathmore University in Nairobi. Around 30 people were injured as several students jumped from windows on high elevations of buildings. The woman who died was named Esther Kidemba, and she was a staff member for the University. Kidemba died of “severe head injuries.” The terrorist attack simulation included loud noises, “gun shots,” and people pretending to be terrori...
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Let’s Talk About Paris

I came across an op-ed piece by Frank Bruni in the New York Times this weekend that posited an angry but spot on point about reactions to the Paris attacks on social media.     (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/14/opinion/the-exploitation-of-paris.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur) There have been too many people using the Paris attacks as an opportunity to talk about whatever essentially unrelated agenda to which they hold strong personal convictions. It is insensitive and distasteful to put ...
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Russian Incursions Into Georgia: The Next Crimea?

Last week, VICE News released a video chronicling a crucial and disturbing development in central Georgia. Russian-backed forces in the semi-autonomous Georgian province of South Ossetia have been slowly pushing the border with Georgia out by up to one kilometer. This has been enforced with barbed-wire fences, signs indicating a “state border,” and strict policing. Dozens of Georgians have been arrested for attempting to cross the border, and Russian policing of the area has been strict and effe...
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Modern Family: New Legislation to Allow More than One Child per Family in China

History has been made this week regarding one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to ever pass through a government.  On Thursday, October 28th, the Chinese government announced that it has decided to end its one-child policy; henceforth allowing couples to have two children. The one-child policy was enacted in 1979 in an attempt to curtail the population growth of China.  However, the policy created even more of a humanitarian issue than it solved.  Under this policy, the Communi...
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#FeesMustFall: The South African Student Movement With Far-Reaching National Consequences

The South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was delayed in presenting his budget to parliament today when student protesters broke through the parliament gates. South African MP’s and riot police used a steady barrage of tear gas and flash grenades to push back the swelling mobs. The protesters called for Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, yet pounded him with a barrage of water bottles while he begged them: “you asked me to speak. I’m pleading with you to let me speak.” His voice...
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On Ruling Party’s Seventieth Anniversary: North Korea’s Leadership In Precarious Position

Yesterday was the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the dominant party in North Korea: the Workers’ Party. The massive amount of pomp and propaganda are juxtaposed with the precarious position that the reclusive nation is in. The nation is facing the worst drought it has encountered in a century, with much of its rice paddies drying up within the past year. To make matter worse, the diplomatic situation in North Korea has reached its nadir. The relationship between the DPRK and China, as...
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Media Spotlight: Discovering the sound of Africa

The African influence in today’s pop music is undeniably present. The official 2010 FIFA World Cup Waka Waka (Time for Africa) performed by Shakira, was adapted from Zangaléwa from Cameroonian band Golden Sounds – take a listen to the original at 7:38 if you want to hear the original “Waka Waka”. The infamous Fela Kuti heavily influenced Beyonce’s End of Time; Grown Woman and Run the World (Girls) also don’t shy too far away from Afro-beat and Coupé-Décalé. While music is typically seen as a ...
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Burning the Bridge: the Alarming Deterioration of the US-Israel Relationship

Over the past several weeks, the Obama administration has found a way to turn the American alliance with the state of Israel into a political issue. His differences of opinion and strategy with Prime Minister Netanyahu have turned an excellent relationship into an unprecedented divide. During his reelection campaign, Netanyahu made several remarks with regards to the prospects of a Palestinian state. His comments, which were widely regarded as inflammatory and negative, were later recanted. H...
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Gold, Coltan & Diamonds: Pillaging in the Congo

Argor-Hereaus, one of the world’s leading gold refiners, is currently being investigated by Swiss authorities on suspicion of money laundering linked to gold pillaged from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 and 2005. The three tons of gold were later sold to companies in the Channel Islands and Great Britain. Gold is one of Congo’s most infamous conflict resources. It is widely available in the Kivu conflict region, and gold is less traceable than diamonds as there is no jewelry standa...
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And the Search Goes On

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 went missing two weeks ago, and the search for the plane has been ongoing ever since to no avail. CNN has been broadcasting the utter lack of progress for so long it’s getting frustrating. And I am sure a lot of people are frustrated—Malaysian airlines, governments involved in the search, the always-thirsty-for-drama public, and most importantly the families of those who were on the plane. Much talk has been given to how we don’t know anything, but why don't we kn...
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