The Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis: Boko Haram

As the political drama of the U.S. presidential election unfolded late in 2016, most television sets in northeastern Nigeria tuned into the action. In the heart of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, the food shortage and infrastructural devastation caused by Boko Haram has received little media coverage. Military efforts to combat the region’s terrorist group have reduced […]

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16 dead after militants attack Grand Bassam beach resort

On Sunday, six armed militants killed fourteen civilians and two soldiers in an attack on Grand Bassam, an Ivory Coast beach resort popular among Westerners and located only 25 miles from the capital, Abidjan.   According to a witness, the attackers were “heavily armed and wearing balaclavas” and “fired at guests at L’Etoile du Sud, a large hotel which was […]

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Mob attack shows that racism is very much alive in India

Imagine a city where a person is discriminated against based on the color of their skin. A city in which foreigners are not welcomed. A place in which prejudice often turns to violence. We are not talking about a city in Europe dealing with racism and xenophobia and we are sure as hell not talking about someplace in the United States. […]

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New Constitution + Election Season = New problems for Africa

This past month has seen many state leaders calling for the creation of new constitutions in their respective countries. Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, Zambia, Chile, amongst other countries, all might possibly have a new constitution in the coming months. The construction and use of constitutions vary from each corner of the world. In the United States we’ve had the same constitution […]

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New Imperialism: On Aid to Developing African Nations

Last Tuesday, USAID announced that it would be providing about $97 million in food aid to Ethiopia, as early tracking of El Niño weather patterns are predicted to cause “limited agricultural production, strained livelihoods, and exacerbated food insecurity among poor and vulnerable households”[1] throughout the horn of Africa. Since this summer of 2015, USAID has provided more than $245 million […]

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Blood Ivory: Africa's Next Conflict Resource

A few weeks ago, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service crushed six tons of confiscated ivory tusks and trinkets, turning tens of millions of dollars of contraband ivory into useless powder. This event sent a resounding message to the world that elephant poaching would not be tolerated.[1] Although the international commercial trade of African elephant ivory has been banned since […]

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A Changing Strategy: China in Third World countries

  By examining China’s different focus on Africa since mid-1950, when the People’s Republic of China was just founded, and Latin America since the recent decades, one can clearly see how Beijing’s strategy in dealing with third world countries evolved and became more sophisticated. This change of policy results not only from different contemporary context but also China’s different diplomatic […]

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