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13 May 2008

South Africa is much the same and different as many African countries that I have visited. Same in the sense of the smell of burning oil and gasoline, shipping containers as buildings, the red dirt, the friendly people, passenger vans as taxis, crazy driving, dogs for security, chickens and goats roaming everywhere, and the seemingly common practice of taking things as they come. The differences and nuances come in the country's history - white minority oppressive rule. White people are not unheard of in this area of Africa and South Africa specifically - uncommon, but not unseen. You get a sense that you are always being watched, but in a different way than what may be experienced in other African countries without such a history. It is more of a, "why are you here" look instead of the, "oh! You are white." The history of white oppression and the current issue of white organizations taking away from the communities makes the dynamic similar in skepticism, but different in why.

Articulate Call for Papers (Fall 2008)

| August 21, 2008 - 11:03 pm

Tags: Africa, development, foreign aid, health care, scholarly journal

Call for Papers:

SCOUT BANANA, in conjunction with Michigan State University's African Studies Center and Office of International Development, invites you to submit a manuscript to Articulate: Undergraduate Scholarship Applied to International Development.

Articulate is a new undergraduate scholarly journal that publishes academic papers and writings (research papers, field work, interviews, etc.) on issues in international development, focusing primarily on African studies and healthcare issues. Articulate seeks to educate, motivate, and activate the public about its mission and vision working towards solutions for Africa's healthcare crisis.

Back in the US - Reflections from South Africa!

| August 21, 2008 - 12:34 pm

Tags: Africa, HIV/AIDS, internship, love, South Africa, summer 2008

Dear Reader,

Words for Human Rights

| August 18, 2008 - 11:40 am

Tags: activism, Africa, Al, al-Qaeda, gay rights, LGBT, protest songs, youth

This has been a long and on-going process...Who would've thought that we'd have so many amazing local poets in the city of Nashville just dying to perform at a Human Rights event?

SERIES 1 African Diaspora: A Mental Creation

| August 2, 2008 - 6:21 pm

Tags: Africa, African-Americans, history, sociology

“The African Diaspora:” Deconstructing Common Knowledge

Series 1: (B) Bostwana and Zambia

| July 24, 2008 - 8:30 pm

Tags: Africa, development, finance

The Changing Times: The World From 1990-2000


| July 19, 2008 - 1:34 am

Tags: Africa, development, economics, finance

The purpose of this investigation is to empirically investigate the relationship between Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth in Bostwana and Zambia with economic growth being seen through an expansion in trade as well as Gross Domestic Product for the respective countries from 1990-2000. The motivation for the investigation of the presence of foreign investments and the relationship they have to economic growth is a result of debates within the field of economics regarding the role that foreign investments play in a economy. Scholars have explored the topic with some focusing on statistical evidence ( 0L’ 1922, Hou 1965) while others provide the theoretical frameworks through which foreign investments have been viewed( Rothgeb 1996).

Some Thoughts

| July 8, 2008 - 4:37 pm

Tags: Africa, frustration

Africa has been having problems since the countries on the continent aggressively upheld the belief of self-rule and saw that as a right. However, since then these countries have experienced a lot of problems. Some of these problems will always be there and they will never finish because that is just the nature of developing the countries. However, even though Africa still has a long way to go in terms of development, economic, social, and political, there are areas that can spearhead this development.

Mugabe: The Snail Of Africa

| July 1, 2008 - 1:50 am

Tags: Africa

This is just total stupidity!! Men like Mugabe do not deserve the very air they breath! Honestly, it is times like these i censure these old fossils because how can he be so strong enough to structure a country he won't even be living in because the guy will die soon!! This is just total stupidity!! He needed to give his country a chance and he can't seem to do that!! The people of Zim will have to own their own desitny and the fact that they will sit aside while their country is run like a police state is indicative of their comfort with what Mugabe is doing. It is just total stupidity!

Culture or Development: The Tradeoff

| June 18, 2008 - 5:27 pm

Tags: Africa, culture, economics, progress, tradeoff

 Culture or Development: The Tradeoff