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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