Rape, a global battle

| May 23, 2008 - 12:57 am

Tags: Africa, human rights, Liberia, women

As we strive to make this world a safe place for everyone, there are numerous of heartless man roaming around to accomplish their selfish, inhumane sexual desire by raping little girls and women. I was reading an article that shows a horrifying prevalence of rape survey conducted in April of 2008 by Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) in Liberia (West Africa). Of 600 rape victims recently interviewed, 90 percent of them were found to be suffering from fistulas - a vaginal tear which results in loss of bladder control and social stigmatization. According to local health workers two types of fistula cases are prevalent in Liberia. One is obstetric fistula, which is a vaginal tear resulting from prolonged obstructed labor.

Education In Africa: An Agent Of Change

| May 14, 2008 - 7:32 pm

Tags: Africa, development, education, progress

what are we to do when our children are dying?

Yesterday the headlines in South Africa's Times newspaper read, "Our children are dying." In South Africa 75,000 children die before they turn 5 each year. As one of 12 countries, South Africa has a rising child mortality rate. Of these 12 countries the top causes of a rise in child mortality is war and HIV/AIDS (and the UN Security Council disregarded HIV/AIDS as not important enough). The statistics come from a report released two days ago by the national health department, the Medical Research Council and the University of Pretoria.

from oppression to development: chevron's policy rethink in nigeria's bayelsa state


Conflict over the oil resource in Nigeria is not an issue that can be simplified into a single driving cause. The issue is complex and cuts across the topics of violence, environmental degradation, and democratic representation in the Niger Delta. These topics within the issue of conflict over oil encompass political, economic, and social histories where effects can be seen at the local, state national, and international levels. The conflict over oil is largely fueled by the financial interest of western Multinational Oil Corporations. With over 80% of the Nigerian federal revenue being supplied by oil exports to foreign countries, the US in the lead, it is not difficult to identify one of the driving factors of Nigeria's oil conflict. The Chevron Oil Company has established itself as a formidable force within Nigeria's oil fields, particularly in the Bayelsa State. Chevron and its partners have held a presence in Nigerian oil discovery and production since the Gulf Oil Company's first off-shore mining in Okan conducted in 1963. In Bayelsa State there have been frequent kidnapping and attacks carried out by youth, citizens and militias unhappy with the environmental degradation and distribution of the oil wealth. Chevron, among other oil corporations, has been accused of exploiting local rivalries and ethnic differences as well as assisting the government in carrying out raids on communities hostile to Chevron's presence. More recently Chevron has changed its position from one of suppressing local communities' concerns to increasing development assistance and community investment. The effectiveness of these new programs will help to determine the stability of Niger Delta region in the future as other Multinational Oil Corporations recognize the importance of engaging local communities instead of forcibly suppressing their growing concerns.

(disclaimer: lengthy research paper below)

burundi: the agricultural dilemma

| May 7, 2008 - 1:16 pm

Tags: Africa, agriculture, Belgian Colonial Empire, Burundi, colonialism, HDI

Topping out at an HDI value of 169, the country of Burundi is far from attaining the coveted term of “developed.” Life expectancy sits at a young 44 years, adult literacy is about 60% of the country with school enrollment at just 36% of the population in either primary, secondary, or tertiary education, and Burundi’s GDP per capita wallows at $677. Burundi’s GDP is roughly $39,000 less that that of the US. ‘Why?’ you ask. Burundi has a history of ethnic conflict much like is neighbor Rwanda, it has faced overpopulation problems, and large numbers of Internally Displaced People (IDPs). Germany gained the Burundi region in the partitioning of Africa, however after the First World War the region was given to Belgium. As part of the Belgian Colonial Empire, Burundi remained apart from the clutches of colonialism. In this regard Burundi is unique because it is not a product of colonialism. The country was ruled by a monarchy with a dynasty of kings. Colonial Belgium made a pact with this dynasty in order to control the people, however this dynasty faced numerous coups and a fragile rule as the polarization of ethnic groups continued. Burundi gained independence in 1962, but did not democratically elect a President until 1993. The President was assassinated before his first 100 days in office were finished.

The United Nations: Its Moral as well as Legal Obligations to Zimbabwe

| April 30, 2008 - 6:55 pm

Tags: Africa, New York Times, politics, Robert Mugabe, UN

                 The United Nations:  Its Moral as well as Legal Obligations to Zimbabwe

hope and change in 2008 politics

peace without sickness, failure without denial, and democracy without restriction

Hope and change have gained a great footing in not only the 2008 Presidential elections in the US, but also in the communities of Northern Uganda. Peace talk negotiations and a cease-fire in fighting have allowed children to return home, families to rebuild, and communities to begin creating lives without fear from conflict. The conflict in Northern Uganda is often tagged as a "civil war," but largely centers on a rebel group called the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). (Read more here) Thousands displaced, abducted, lost - hundreds killed. The peace talks have been going well and two weeks ago (April 10th) Joseph Kony, leader of the LRA, was supposed to come out of hiding to sign the peace agreement. He did not show up and his spokesperson claimed he had been sick. Sick or afraid? Kony and his top officials are now on the top of the International Criminal Court's arrest list. It seems he may have been sick with fear of being held accountable for his long-running violent resistance.

The Role of Financial Services in Africa

| April 18, 2008 - 7:55 pm

Tags: Africa, finance, global development, stock exchange

Obviously many have always wondered about development in Africa and many have taken on a humanitarian role to helping Africa develop which is highly admirable and rather self-less because many of these individuals forgo the comfort of their homelands to go in what is comparatively a world unknown to them.

Around the World in Ten Mintues

| April 18, 2008 - 1:02 pm

Tags: ABC News, Africa, foreclosure, HUD, Merrill Lynch, Obama



I believe that it is safe to say we need a reality check regarding
what is going on around the world. This is just a regular briefing that
I have starting posting from SeeingBlack.com to inform others what is
going on nationally and globally. We often are still moving to fast to
see that we have it better than a lot of individuals.



Mugabe "intends to stay in power until death." Bad news for Zimbabwe?

| March 27, 2008 - 9:42 pm

Tags: Africa, democracy, elections, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, "intends to stay
in power until death." Honestly this is not the best news I've heard all
day. Nothing makes my blood boil more than a "democratically" elected
leader who has abused Marxist principles and black nationalism, and in turn robbed his people of their infrastructure, property, education, and livelihood.

Where did Mugabe go wrong? How has it gotten to this point?

Is in entirely Mugabe’s fault?