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March 10, 2015
U.S. Signs Trade Agreement with Five East African Countries: Agreement promisesto open the U.S. market to African trade

U.S. Signs Trade Agreement with Five East African Countries: Agreement promisesto open the U.S. market to African trade

In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the United States and five countries from the East African Community trading bloc pledged to lower barriers and improve standards in order to allow African countries to export more products, including food, to U.S. consumers. The U.S.-EAC Cooperation Agreement was signed Thursday by representatives from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda... Read more »

March 9, 2015
Former Ethiopian President Calls for Political Reforms

Former Ethiopian President Calls for Political Reforms

The man who served as Ethiopia’s first president after the fall of the Marxist Dergue regime, Dr. Negaso Gidada Solan now bemoans the fact that the high democratic ideals he fought for are now ignored. “You can have a very beautiful constitution,” Dr. Negaso said during a lecture at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)... Read more »

Jan. 11, 2015
Abroad: Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Join a “Global Village”

Abroad: Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Join a “Global Village”

FOR VOLUNTEERS, BUILDING HOMES ABROAD IS LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE A catchphrase among volunteers is “think globally, act locally.” Habitat for Humanity believes it has found a way to do exactly that. Through a program based on the Christian tenet of tithing, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County sets aside money each time it builds a house... Read more »

August 25, 2014
A Disease Conduit: Bushmeat’s Rolein Spreading Epidemics

A Disease Conduit: Bushmeat’s Rolein Spreading Epidemics

In this video interview, Dr. Mark Walters, a professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, discusses his experiences in Gabon while conducting research through Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.

Dec. 3, 2013
Saudi Arabia’s Abuse of Ethiopian Workers: Tampa Bay Ethiopian CommunityHolds Candle Light Vigil for Victims of Abuse in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Abuse of Ethiopian Workers: Tampa Bay Ethiopian CommunityHolds Candle Light Vigil for Victims of Abuse in Saudi Arabia

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 response to Saudi Arabia’s 13 percent... Read more »

November 25, 2013
At Tampa Bay Gardens, Refugees Gain Dignity Through Work

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. The report below is about a garden for refugees in the Tampa Bay... Read more »

June 20, 2013
The United Nation’s Role in Africa

The United Nation’s Role in Africa

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 Hollywood movie flops. In Africa,... Read more »