Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

  AIDS health activist Thembi Ngubane was just 19 when she began documenting her battle with AIDS for a radio diary that aired on NPR, here in the U.S., in April 2006, and later aired in the UK, Canada, and Australia, touching nearly 50 million people. A mother of a four-year-old daughter, she died last […]


The BBC is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5 million as an out-of-court settlement in a case brought by the families of nine Nigerian executed anti-oil activists, accusing the company of human rights abuses, including murder and torture. The activists, who were protesting the pollution caused by the oil industry and also […]


In his first state of the nation address, President Jacob Zuma promised to create 500,000 new jobs in South Africa before December 2009. Roughly 40% of South Africans live in poverty, so this initiative is sorely needed. However, can Zuma really pull it off during the country’s worst recession in nearly 20 years? During the […]


Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s prime minister, who entered into a power-sharing agreement with President Robert Mugabe more than 100 days ago, spoke at his political party’s annual convention last week, stating his party, Movement for Democratic Change, has not yet moved democracy forward in the country that was once one of Africa’s most prosperous. Many citizens […]


Liberia, an African country founded by freed American slaves in the early 19th century, is defined by deep racial and social complexities. A 1980 military coup ended the rule of the American-Liberian elite class and led to a 13-year civil war. The current president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president in Africa, has written […]


Although the Arab-dominated Sudanese government initially threatened a return to fundamental Islamist rule in the predominantly Black country if any “citizen” showed support for the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for President Omar al-Bashir, who has ignored the warrant, it appears the government will allow its Black citizens in Darfur to starve […]


President Omar al-Bashir had already expelled humanitarian aid groups from Darfur, in reaction to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court charging him with war crimes and crimes against humanity, but now he’s allowing gunmen to engage U.N. and African Union peacekeepers in the city of Niyala, in the southern part of Darfur. A spokesperson […]