Global Issues

Staatsbesuch Sambia, President Kenneth D. Kaunda and Farbwerke Hoechst. Image via Wikimedia. As he attains the young age of 93, Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda (KK to his supporters), has lived to see five of his successors have a go at leading the country. When he lost the 1991 presidential elections [...]
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 5:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
A story is told that a few years after independence in 1964, Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president, visited one of the mines in the mineral rich Copperbelt Province and was immediately struck by the complete absence of Zambians in senior management positions. He proceeded to ask the mine owners as [...]
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Still from Matheiu Kassovitz’ La Haine (1995). The film La Haine became an instant classic on its release in 1995 for its livid account of police abuse as a structural form of violence in France. The film remains a poignant depiction of the lingering problem of police brutality in the banlieues (suburbs) [...]
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 12:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Image via Simon Berry Flickr. Most of the Digital Archive features that have been posted so far offer some kind of option for users to contribute their own materials. For example, last week’s feature on HipHopAfrican included directions for submitting music to Msia Kibona Clark’s class. Nigerian Nostalgia and the Nsibidi Institute [...]
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Slides from my recent talk at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida [...]
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 5:22:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
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We recently completed the first part of a research project that aimed to test whether or not real-time mobile data could be used as a means to predict future macroeconomic trends like interest rates, inflation and GDP per capita in African countries. While the paper itself makes no definitive conclusions, [...]
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 11:48:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
In 2000, the CIA made many predictions about the world. One of them was this: “Aids, famine, and continuing economic and political turmoil means that populations in many [African] countries will actually fall.” While most of their predictions were fairly prescient, this one was way off. Not only is most of [...]
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 8:52:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Diaspora Demo Day
This past weekend I attended Diaspora Demo Day, the inaugural startup competition organized by the people at TipHub and held at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.. The day was not without its hiccups but for a first-time event really exceeded my expectations. As the name implies, Diaspora Demo Day is [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 5:22:00 PM, Continue reading at the source

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