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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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Colonial Africa’s DNA discovered in Disney Cartoon

Just like Dr. John Hammond in Jurassic Park discovered dinosaur DNA in a mosquito that was trapped in ancient tree sap, I stumbled upon a Disney cartoon from the 1940s that contains the DNA of colonial Africa. In this clip, Goofy goes on an African safari  that … Continue reading

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Death to Aid

In this audio commentary, we reflect on the work of Dambisa Moyo and her book Dead Aid – Why Aid isn’t Working and Why There is a Better Way for Africa. A Harvard and Oxford educated economist hailing from Zambia, … Continue reading

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Professor Chris Blattman speaks at the New School

Last week Chris Blattman, Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science at Yale, came to speak at the New School regarding his work with ex-child soldiers in Uganda and post conflict development. After his presentation the floor was opened to … 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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