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Saudi Arabia’s Abuse of Ethiopian Workers
Events / Interview / News

Saudi Arabia’s Abuse of Ethiopian Workers

  This Summer Saudi Arabia announced plans to “regularize residency and employment status” of foreign workers in the country. This euphemistic language was a warning to the thousands of undocumented workers that they had from July 3 to November 4 to get documentation or get out. The move was reportedly made in response to Saudi Arabia’s 13 … Continue reading

African Journalists Discuss the Challenges and Future of Journalism in their Countries
Interview

African Journalists Discuss the Challenges and Future of Journalism in their Countries

Earlier this month, I was able to meet African journalists from twelve countries who came to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies through the Edward R. Murrow Program for journalists. The program is funded by the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The journalists were from Botswana, Kenya, … Continue reading

The United Nation’s Role in Africa
Events / Interview / News / Opinion

The United Nation’s Role in Africa

Shortly after Kieran Dwyer, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, gave a presentation about U.N. peacekeeping missions (watch video below), he said that the mission also receives “bad press” for some of its work in Africa. The phrase jumped out at me. Bad press is what happens when a Hollywood movie flops. In Africa, … Continue reading

Current Conflict in Mali: A Conversation with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston
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Current Conflict in Mali: A Conversation with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

The U.S. has stated early and often that the terror group Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that roams parts of the Sahel region including Niger, Algeria and Northern Mali is considered as a direct threat to its national security. Cautious of the fact that direct involvement has produced mixed results in the past in other parts of the world, the U.S. is … Continue reading

Chinua Achebe
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Chinua Achebe

“If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.” “until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” “We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: ‘He who … Continue reading

Sudan: Ten Years After the World Woke Up to Darfur, What has Changed? Africa Talks Interviews Ahmed H. Adam
Interview / News

Sudan: Ten Years After the World Woke Up to Darfur, What has Changed? Africa Talks Interviews Ahmed H. Adam

Africa Talks: A conversation with Ahmed Hussein Adam  In a phone interview, Africa Talks caught up with Ahmed H. Adam, a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. To learn more about Ahmed H. Adam, you can click here. Here’s a brief biography adapted from information on the school’s website: Born … Continue reading