Nigeria @ 50

The direction that Nigeria takes — towards a future of hope and growth, or one of backsliding and defeat — depends, to a great extent, on the country’s future leadership.

The Gambia: A Dictator’s Anti-Media War

Since the 1994 coup d’etat that saw President Yahya Jammeh rise to power, the Gambian media has been forced to work under repressive and restrictive conditions.

Briefing: Rwandan Elections and Implications for The Great Lakes Region

President Obama said, in his 2009 speech in Accra, Ghana, that America should support strong institutions and not strong men.  However in the case of Rwanda, this has been no more than rhetoric.  Rwandans, like most Africans, cheered Obama’s election, hoping that it might signal a new, more peaceful and cooperative relationship between the U.S. and Africa, but Obama has expanded AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command, and now he remains silent as Rwanda’s strongman, President Paul Kagame, prepares a sham presidential election to retain his brutal grip on power.

Arts Event: Emile YX

Arts Event: Emile YX

Emile YX? represents the positive face of hip-hop. As much community activist as public entertainer, he must be one of the most dedicated hip-hop practitioners on the globe. 

DR Congo: Independence 50 Years Later

DR Congo: Independence 50 Years Later

Intermingled frustration, disgust, African pride, and human compassion marked the 50th anniversary of the troubled nation’s independence from Belgium.

Immigrants’ American Dreams

We need a system that responds to the realities of immigration in this country while rejecting the knee-jerk discrimination that the Arizona law represents.

Brown Bag Discussion: The Perils of Extreme Energy

Brown Bag Discussion: The Perils of Extreme Energy

The oil industry’s reckless pursuit of extreme energy carries with it the inevitable risks of environmental and political peril. The Gulf oil spill is only the latest in a series of disasters. Arctic drilling, deals with African dictatorships, natural gas pipelines in Central Asia: the pursuit of fossil fuels has brought the United States into war, corruption, and ecological messes.