‘African nations not eager to take sides on Crimean crisis,’ says Derrick Hudson, professor at Colorado School of Mines

By George Bamu on April 12, 2014

Ukraine Vote at the UN

The recent Russian annexation of Crimea is a hot-button international issue that pits the West against Russia and has brought back memories of the Cold War. While this goes on, little attention has been paid to the position of many African nations on the issue.

Many of the countries which make up the African Union (AU) have been silent, and have said little publicly. As I have been scouring the internet, listening to radio and watching TV and searching for information on where the AU countries stand on the matter, I have found very little.

While the United Nations (UN) and its secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as well as the European Union (EU) have condemned the Russian actions, the AU position on the matter remains murky and confusing.…

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What it means to be an Egyptian teaching Arabic in the U.S.

By Guest Blogger on April 12, 2014

Mohamed and his students

I came to the United States through the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP). TCLP is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

TCLP gives Egyptian and Chinese teachers the chance to have an authentic experience to come to the United States and teach Arabic or Mandarin. I teach Modern Standard Arabic and act as a cultural resource for the school and the community around Thornton and Denver.

From my perspective, it is a challenge to come from the other side of the world and work as a teacher in a school that has a different system from what I am used to, to learn to adapt to a new culture and then also to be able to manage classes of students with all different backgrounds.…

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‘Africa Rising’ phenomenon takes new turn: Japan Battles China in Africa

By George Bamu on March 30, 2014

Abe and Quattara

Today I want to provide some up-to-date information–if you are not already aware–as it relates to trade and diplomacy between China, Japan and many countries in the African continent.

First is this story published by The Diplomat in January and picked up by the influential U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

It is about the new tug of war between China and Japan, which has shifted territory into many African nations. While the two may be wrangling over territory in the China seas, both are said to be playing a trade game in Africa.

Recent trips by leaders of both Japan and China to African nations have ‘morphed into a sign of ‘competition’ over Africa, the CFR states.…

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Update – Cultural Survival on Ethiopia

By A. Scott DuPree on March 20, 2014

Cultural Survival in Ethiopia

Cultural Survival reports progress in its Ethiopian campaign.  The US government agrees that no US funds can be used to support forced evictions in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.  See http://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/campaign-update-ethiopia-us-withdraws-funding-land-grabbing-ethiopia

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What Would Jesus Do About Gays in Uganda?

By Muthi Nhlema on March 8, 2014

Ugandan President-Yuweri Museveni

 

Recent news of Uganda’s bold and controversial move to sign into law various new anti-gay legislations, which will make life even harder for homosexuals living in that country, has been welcomed with open arms across Africa, including my own country, Malawi. That was  expected. But this is not ‘good news’ at all. Instead, it is really bad news.

As this intriguing drama is quickly taking shape under the watchful eyes of a spellbound global community, the next episode in this tragicomedy of sorts has to be the recent publishing of Uganda’s Top 200 Homosexuals in the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper.…

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Fascinations with Captain Phillips, Lost Boys highlight ‘Danger of a Single African Story’

By George Bamu on March 1, 2014

The danger of a single African story

It is becoming apparent that Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is a hero, if not a literary star, among today’s generation of young Africans.  Adichie’s “The danger of a Single Story,” a Ted Talk she gave in 2009 about the single African narrative portrayed by the media that focuses solely on poverty, destitution and hopelessness, has received more than 6 million views on the TedEx website. Another version on YouTube  has received over 1 million views.

Adichie, 36, rocketed to top of the world literary charts after the debut of the fictional novel “Purple Hibiscus” in 2003. Then she released “Half of a Yellow Sun” in 2006, “The Thing Around Your Neck” in 2009 and “Americanah” in 2013.…

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Why Horse Racing Could Unlock More Income for Cameroon

By Ali Pechu on February 2, 2014

Kentucky Derby_Horse Racing_USA

The three northern regions of Cameroon, a country in sub-Saharan Africa, are characterized by savannah vegetation and landscape. These unique geographical features greatly favor the rearing of cattle and horses, which is the focus of the minority Mbororo community of the North-west region and the Fulanis of the Northern regions.

These communities are also sparingly dispersed in other parts of the country.

While many people tend to focus on the importance of cattle for their survival, many have paid little attention to horses. Which brings me to the lucrative business of gambling in horse racing in Cameroon.

From the early times, horses were used for riding, the hauling of loads, and much more.…

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