Saudi Arabia’s Abuse of Ethiopian Workers

  This Summer Saudi Arabia announced plans to “regularize residency and employment status” of foreign workers in the country. This euphemistic language was a warning to the thousands of undocumented workers that they had from July 3 to November 4 to get documentation or get out. The move was reportedly made in …

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African Journalists Discuss the Challenges and Future of Journalism in their Countries

Journalists from 12 African Countries, Casey Frechette,  visiting assistant professor at the journalism and media studies department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Earlier this month, I was able to meet African journalists from twelve countries who came to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies through the Edward R. Murrow Program for journalists. The program is funded by the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The …

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At Tampa Bay Gardens, Refugees Gain Dignity Through Work

Over the past couple of months, I have been following refugee resettlement efforts in the Tampa Bay area. I’ve been able to meet different resettlement agents from churches, governmental organizations and other groups working together to help those who have fled their home countries for one reason or another. This video is part one of a three part series I …

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The United Nation’s Role in Africa

Tampa Bay Chapter was awarded a membership growth award for increasing its membership in 2012 by a whopping 280%.

Shortly after Kieran Dwyer, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, gave a presentation about U.N. peacekeeping missions (watch video below), he said that the mission also receives “bad press” for some of its work in Africa. The phrase jumped out at me. Bad press is what happens when a …

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What should the U.S. do and not do in Mali? Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Answers the Questions

Mali

When the French first intervened in Mali, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston penned an Op-Ed in the New York Times outlining reasons why the U.S. should assist France in fighting the terror group Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Huddleston was the United States ambassador to Mali from 2002 to 2005 and urged …

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Sudan: Ten Years After the World Woke Up to Darfur, What has Changed? Africa Talks Interviews Ahmed H. Adam

Ahmed H. Adam

Africa Talks: A conversation with Ahmed Hussein Adam  In a phone interview, Africa Talks caught up with Ahmed H. Adam, a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. To learn more about Ahmed H. Adam, you can click here. Here’s a brief biography adapted from information …

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Africa Talks on Al Jazeera: Critical Overview of Current Developments in Eritrea

Eritrea - Asmara

I  was fortunate enough to talk to Al Jazeera today and I tried to give critical overview of current developments in Eritrea. Since it was short notice and I didn’t have enough time and preparation to fit all my notes during live interview, I have decided to post the video and a couple of …

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Race and Identity in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Race and Identity in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Crush-Hopper: Story of a Girl’s Journey Through Post-Apartheid South Africa Crush-Hopper is South African Mandisa Haarhoff’s autobiographical story about a young girl. This is a girl who first learned about beauty by playing with dolls who had long blond hair and blue eyes. She is a giddy and joyful girl who …

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Building Bridges: An Ambassador Reflects on U.S.-Africa Relations

Amb. Ranneberger in Kenya

In the last blog entry, I wrote that Ambassador Michael E. Ranneberger was visiting the University of South Florida as part of an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies. Amb. Ranneberger gave a lecture titled “U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities” through the center’s …

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