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UB40 Leaving Namibian Orphans in the Cold?

In 2005, I spent a semester studying abroad in Namibia and from time to time I like to check out the online newspaper The Namibian to keep myself up to date on what’s going on in the country. The headline … Continue reading

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Forget Rudolph, Santa Has Wheels!

  This past Sunday, South Africans gathered together to try to break the world record for the most Santa’s on wheels in one place.  Santa’s left their reindeer at home and arrived in cars, on bikes, on skates and in … Continue reading

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Media Activists in Rwanda

Sixteen years after the Rwandan genocide, the country has made immense progress in areas of economic development and increased political stability.  Per capita gross domestic product has nearly tripled, national health insurance has been implemented, education access has improved, there … Continue reading

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Hollywood, Bollywood and now Nollywood

I’ve known about Hollywood my whole life, I’ve known about India’s film industry Bollywood for quite a few years, but it was only recently that I learned about Nigeria’s film industry Nollywood.  I’m feeling a little out of the loop … Continue reading

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South African Stadium wins “World’s Best Sports Building”

The third annual World Architecture Festival was held in Barcelona, Spain from November 3-5 this year and South Africa’s Soccer City, National Stadium won for World’s Best Sports Building. Every structure that entered into this category had to fulfill immense … Continue reading

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

On Monday night, I attended a viewing of the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  The movie, which won Best Documentary at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, is an emotional and empowering piece about the Liberian civil war and … Continue reading

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Half a Century of Independence for The Democratic Republic of the Congo

International news website France24 hosted a discussion about The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s 50 years of independence. What have the last 50 years looked like and what does the future hold for this country of 70 million? Participating in … Continue reading

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