A Disease Conduit: Bushmeat’s Role in Spreading Epidemics

Ebola

“Seven Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them” by Dr. Mark Walters  Dr. Mark Walters is a professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He is the director of the M.A. program in Digital Journalism and Design and the author of five books including “Seven …

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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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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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Is America Overly Paranoid About Terrorism in Africa? Does Fear Hinder Economic Partnerships?

Security and Economic Partnerships in Africa

In the last blog entry, I talked to Ambassador Vicki Huddleston who suggested that America should focus on training and supporting African forces so they can battle extremists in the Sahel. In the wake of the Boston bombings, questions have arisen about immigration and the process of assimilation in the United …

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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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Moving Forward: The Role of the International Criminal Court in Africa

Fatou B. Bensouda : International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor at The Hague in Geneva, Switzerland. Image- ICC

 Africa on the Agenda: Conference on World Affairs in St. Petersburg Initiated by Douglas McElhaney, a former ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2004 to 2007, and hosted at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the first annual St Petersburg in the World Conference was held from March 28 to …

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Current Conflict in Mali: A Conversation with Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

The U.S. has stated early and often that the terror group Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that roams parts of the Sahel region including Niger, Algeria and Northern Mali is considered as a direct threat to its national security. Cautious of the fact that direct involvement has produced mixed results in the past in other parts of …

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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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