Global Issues

At the beginning of the 20th century, German colonial forces in Namibia, then called South-West Africa, committed what is considered the first genocide of the 20th century. Between 1904 and 1907, the Germans tried to exterminate two local nations, the Herero (Ovaherero) and the Nama. As the New York Times [...]
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 4:27:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
South Africa’s announcement, in October last year, that it was taking steps to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), baffled many observers. The country is generally seen as a champion of human rights given its liberal constitution, the existence of strong civil [...]
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 2:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
On January 18, the world lost an icon. Only much of the world did not know it. South African-Jamaican writer Peter Abrahams died at 97 in Jamaica, where he has been living for more than 60 years. Abrahams was prolific, insightful, and poignant. Unfortunately, he is also largely overlooked and [...]
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Chino’o from Malitia MaliMob For this weekend’s music break, we’ll have a second edition of “Songs from banned countries.” This time we go to Somalia via Seattle — which is a fitting connection because the judge who ordered Trump’s country ban illegal is based in Seattle. So, in the spirit of The United States Court of Appeals [...]
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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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