The Consequences of Rising Amazon Deforestation for Indigenous People

Written by: Lauren Hutson According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, between August 2018 and July 2019, the Amazon Rainforest lost 3,769 square miles of rainforest due to deforestation. This marks the highest rate of deforestation since 2008 and is a 30% increase from the previous year. In addition, an intense surge of fires…

A Final Punch in Egypt’s Free Speech

Written by: Harry Colvin On Saturday, November 23rd, Egyptian forces raided the office of Mada Masr, Egypt’s last significant independent news outlet. Mada Masr’s official Twitter account posted a statement revealing that the raid began around 1:30 p.m. local time, as the security forces began confiscating laptops and phones from employees. All employees of the…

Cameroon’s Human Rights Violations and Their Consequences

Written by: Emery Jochnau United States President Donald Trump recently made a bold economic decision regarding the North African country of Cameroon. Trump announced that due to consistent human rights violations he would be cutting trade benefits for the country and removing them from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The AGOA is a…

Economic Justice in Africa – Why We Should Pay Attention to President Addo’s Speech on Poverty

Written by: Lydia Nyachieo On September 25th, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo addressed the general debate at the 74th UN General Assembly. Aside from talking about the importance of education, the transformative power of technology, and global inclusivity, one of his main points addressed poverty. Specifically, President Addo argued how “unfairness in the economic order undermines…

Political Turmoil in Sudan

Written by: Jadalyn Eagens In December, riots broke out in Sudan as the price of bread went up by about 300 percent. People took to the streets to demand higher wages and lower prices for basic goods from the government. As the protests gained traction, they shifted from a request for individual reforms to an…

Progress for Africa’s LGBTQ+ Community

Written by: McKenna Ross Rafiki is a lesbian love story that takes place in Kenya, and recently won several awards at African film festivals. The movie is currently banned in Kenya for promoting homosexuality, but it continues to be shown all over the world. Rafiki has recently been screened at several African film festivals, including…

Women’s Empowerment Prevails in Sudan

Written by: Mollie Crook A woman wearing all white and gold earrings is chanting on top of a car in a sea of people who, phones in hand, video her as she emphatically chants to the crowd. They respond back with a resounding, “Revolution!”  This was the scene outside of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, and it…

Le Pouvoir and the Algerian Deep State

Written by: Alex El Ghaoui Massive anti-government protests in Algeria have led to the resignation on April 2 of eighty-two-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after twenty years in power. Former President Bouteflika, the longest-serving head of state in Algeria’s history, had rarely been seen in public after suffering a paralyzing stroke in 2013. In fact, in…