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|Global Health is Everyone's Responsibility
People young and old across the US have connected with seven different communities across the African continent to support locally initiated health projects. Using the vibrant color of bananas and ...
|why are there no doctors?
Over the past 8 years Africa, international development, and health care have been the focus of my work and studies. Just last year (it's been a year already?) I completed an internship in South ...
|Call for Papers - Undergraduate Journal on International Development
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 Research ...
|Student Organization Goes Nonprofit to Benefit Health in Africa
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16 January 2009 STUDENT ORGANIZATION GOES NONPROFIT TO BENEFIT HEALTH IN AFRICA East Lansing - To suggest that college students armed with bananas could create ...
|definition of development (revisited): beauty in the palm of your hand
Last summer I wrote about the definition of development after having a conversation with an incredible Peace Corps ...
|agency in community development
Previous entry: a first glimpse: zonke 13 May 2008 South Africa is much the same and different as many ...
|when not in southern africa. . .
I will now begin filling in the gaps from my summer travels. I was only able to post four times during my three months in southern Africa. My travels began in the South African capital city of ...
|Articulate Call for Papers (Fall 2008)
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: ...
|from oppression to development: chevron's policy rethink in nigeria's bayelsa state
Abstract 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 ...
|burundi: the agricultural dilemma
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 ...
|your power is not your own
Earlier this month I wrote about how South Africa's war into Mozambique has contributed to Mozambique ...
|when the rubber hits the road: rolling on the misfortunes of marcu garvey
What do you know about Liberia? Or do you even care? Americans pay little attention to Liberia, and most Europeans think of the country as a joke. [...] In case of apparently friendly ...
|what apartheid has done with affordable transportation
A week of riots and clashes sparked in the capital as the government attempted to raise fuel prices by 50%. Mozambique is often unheard of in international news, ...
|Call for Papers - Articulate.
Got an exciting term paper? Wish you were published? Looking for a way to get your arguments heard? S.C.O.U.T. B.A.N.A.N.A., in conjunction with Michigan State University's African Studies Center ...
|more on politics in kenya
Relative calm has returned to Kenya , the Rift Valley saw nearly 1000 people killed and 170,000 flee to their ancestral homes. Business are ...
|african slaves brought more than their bodies
Besides being the workhorses of a growing young nation, African slaves brought with them their music, art, culture, and food. All modern music can be traced back to roots in slavery and Africa: ...
|the definition debate: what is a progressive?
Throughout history many banners have flown in the name of freedom, many different colors and styles spurred movements on to revolution and victory. From the Star Spangled Banner of the American ...
|chinese exodus of influence
In the early days of African discovery soldiers, missionaries, and explorers led the way towards the attempted understanding of and preceding conquest of Africa. This push came from the world powers ...
|kenya's political history of turmoil
If it happens in Africa it must just be the primal instinct based in tribalism. The mass media has been covering the situation in Kenya as a near exclusive tribal and ethnic conflict without ...
|do you already know what you are getting?
truth reflects reality but what is reality & what is then true? knowledge implies truth & who can claim to possess knowledge that is purely true to reflect the real? - Alex B. Hill (
|the continuous scramble for africa
From the so called great scramble to the new scramble, I believe that there never really is any difference or change in scrambling. The imperialist tendencies and actions towards Africa have been ...
This summer while in Ghana, I befriended a group of Rastafarian drum makers and performers. The Rastafarians became the good friends and highlight of my study abroad group's time in Ghana, but I ...
|death by moderization
According to National Geographic , "Every 14 days a language dies. By the year 2100, over half of the more than 7,000 languages ...
Disclaimer: This is a piece of writing that I did in my sophomore year of High School for a presentation to attend Close-Up in Washington D.C. I rediscovered it and ...
|how do you unite a continent?
A term first coined by the African activist, Marcus Garvey , the United States of Africa is far from a new idea. As a staunch Pan-Africanist, ...
|music to your ears: this year with hiv/aids
This year, 2007, there is some good news about the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The percentage of people living with AIDS has leveled off and the number ...
|young people are the key drivers of social change
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Policy Proposal by: Alex B. Hill Problem Statement International development is a vast and complex issue. With ...
|innocent impacts in nigeria
I recently read a recommended article from New York Times about a young ...
|democratic movements as terrorism
The Movement for Democratic Change ( MDC ) is the Zimbabwean political party focused on ...
|water is a human right, why is it so elusive?
Privatizing water has taken the world by storm. How many people would rather pay for cases of bottled water than take it from their tap? How many communities are deprived of water because a ...
|from hope springs life
Duk, Sudan - a place of terrible memory and a place of hope. Muwt's story began here, where will it end no one knows. By a extreme case of coincedience I met Muwt the other night at an African ...
|security is better with south africans
An interesting topic that I came to by way of my African Studies professor. In a meeting of the Michigan Action Network on Africa (MANA), he was listing off a number of woes for Africa and among ...
|who speaks for whom?
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) peacekeepers are trapped in the middle of the fight. Checkpoints are all over the ...
|the real weapons of mass destruction are in the congo
The conflict in the DRC is nothing new to the region. I would argue that the conflict began well before the assassination of the democratically elected leader, Lumumba, in 1961 and has only grown ...
|our leaders skipped history class: revealing the u.s. foreign policy on africa
Learning from the past and taking lessons from history are what we often pride ourselves in doing. Our elementary and high school teachers would often use this phrase when referring to wars and ...
|the crouching tiger and the curse of black gold
Oil fouls everything in southern Nigeria. It spills ...
|africans care about activism too
Many times I hear that I am fighting a losing battle here in the US trying to get people to care about providing access to basic healthcare in Africa because '
|the 'third' congolese war
From: !Enough: the project to abolish genocide + mass atrocities - Dissident Congolese Tutsi General ...
|everyone wants to keep their power, don't you?
As I sat at the conference table waiting for the theorists to arrive, I tried to understand the causes for the Rwandan intervention into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1998. After ...
|the age of the pirate is everlasting
Welcome to neverland! This is the place where you can never grow up. Float away with Peter Pan and the rights of indigenous people. Live the rest of your days under the fantastical sun and steal the ...
|taking another lesson from the french
Our long time allies, in this day is added to the long list of former friends, the french have not surprisingly been turned away by the near idiotic foreign policies of the Bush Administration. ...
|do the presidential candidates know anything about africa?
Since my last visit to the White House webpage on the current "Africa Policy" not much has changed. Our current administration still lumps all African countries together and creates one broad policy ...
|what does genocide mean to you?
We are back again to the age old debate of language and the way it is used - this time however the consequences are much greater. Genocide, how do you define it? In a Slate News, Senator Obama's ...
|police brutality is the new hokey pokey
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . The hokey pokey is what its all about, right? Wrong, at least not anymore. Police brutality and the use ...
|what is a failed state?
After reading the question of the title, the first country that comes to mind is Somalia and a slew of African countries. Somalia always seems to be at the top of the list and always seems to fit ...
|cynicism from a jaded summer
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. I have been away from writing for a while and this is my attempt to convince myself that is it still important to ...
|the caramel apple of globalization
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. Crunch, Mmm, the peanut chunks trapped in delicious caramel tastes oh so good. You bite and are rewarded with a ...
|the land of culture; africa
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. Culture is not very easily defined. Anthropologists give us a few attempts at definition and the real meaning ...
|bombs bursting in air. . .
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. Independence Day, the 4th of July, let freedom ring - but are we 'free at last?' Today is a day that means a lot ...
|when not in ghana
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. There is so much reflection and thought to write under this title, and the last. I will apologize now for the ...
|writing about africa. . . a simple exercise or a skill?
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. When writing about Africa many times it is difficult to bring the proper perspective or 'view'. So often people ...
|off to the continent of my dreams
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. It crowds my thoughts; it accompanies my dreams; it wrenches my heart; I am so close to arriving on its glorious ...
|the impact of conflict on health
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. The correlation between violent conflicts and health may seem to be very obvious, but there is more to the issue ...
|are the MDGs credible?
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. The 'bright idea' of the West very often comes under scrutiny from the rest of the world. In Tanzania the ...
|malaria awareness day
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. April 25th , the first US Malaria Awareness Day. An award ...
|the quest for development; aid to the rescue in ghana
From the When not in Africa. . . blog. Poverty: a state of being extremely poor; inferior in quality or insufficient in amount; our generation's ...
|end of the year, beginning growth of the progressive scene
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . This marks the end of my school and academic year, the beginning of my third decade of life, and the ...
|thrown into the mix
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . So many people ask: "Is the United States ready for it's first black president?" However I think the ...
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . Surrounded by the dead and decaying behemoths of industrialization and the monsters of the modernized, ...
|blame hip hop for society's ills, but what of its successes
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . This is a hot issue now and many people are chiming in. I would just like to piggy back off of the early ...
|forever enslaved: past and present
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . We will be forever enslaved by the deeds of the past. There is no way that we can separate ourselves ...
|the politics of genocide
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . Genocide continues, people continue to be murdered, lives continue to be lost. The next month will mark ...
|the responsibility and power of language
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . This fifth element of my debate on language comes as we see Imus booted for his racist comments and as ...
|african economic growth and oil
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . The UN has reported that Africa's economic growth is increasing, slow and steady, but frail. They are ...
|when genocide spreads
Young People For Blog . The genocide in Darfur is not contained by the Sudanese borders. Back in February the UN warned that Chad, which borders Sudan's ...
|the greatest youth movement in history: mandela's disciples
The beginning of arguable the greatest youth activism movement all began with twelve. Twelve young boys inspired by the ideas of Nelson Mandela left on a journey that would change their lives and so ...
|no more foreign aid institutions. . . it's china
Foreign aid; development assistance; foreign investment; these terms are now gaining another synonym: rogue aid. In an excerpt from ...
|the administration's secret mercenaries
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . They roam the streets of Baghdad and New Orleans without regrad to the law. They enforce and protect ...
|she's taking on more water; the zimbabwean titanic
As a ship with a hole takes on water, so too does a state or government sink with a corrupt and ineffective government. Zimbabwe is sinking, many have noted this before, but presently its plunge to ...
|why the US does not become involved in african conflicts
The title of this entry is a question that very often crosses my mind as I continue to read the news and stay up to date on the various African conflicts across the continent. How can the country ...
|anonymity and apathy are so easy.
As a fourth element of my language debate is the ideas of anonymity and apathy. The ideas of anonymity and apathy being so easy and simple to carry out is evidenced in our society everyday. Many ...
|daydream, the official return of hip hop
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . Lupe Fiasco performed at Michigan State University this weekend.
|standardizationination of language; ebonics
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . The Oakland Resolution of 1996 ...
|the true political correctness
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog With the needs to know the languages of life and learn about other peoples, and the need for your ...
|revelations of a questioner
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog Religion, invoking the powers of god, speaking from the lord's book - all these things have a great ...
|teaching african history - ending stereotypes
From Ending Stereotypes for America . Press Release: STUDIES SHOULD MORE ACCURATELY REFLECT HISTORY State lawmakers yesterday introduced ...
|the language of life
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog . Walking through the International Center and nearby language buildings makes me really think about how ...
|the final battle in the continent
Previously posted on When not in Africa. . . and on the Young People For Blog . The noise will make all ...
|helping hands of the US
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog Why is it that the simplest methods and the unheard of people do the most good in the world of the poor ...
|doughy ($) presidential tactics
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog Does the most-financially supported candidate always win? Does the person with the most money get the ...
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog This year the Iraq conflict will be as long as World War II. This makes me question and wonder where we ...
|who do you think you are? (identity, constructivism, and colonialism)
Previously posted on the Young People For Blog I am not an African, I am not an American, I am not white, I am not black, I am not a Michigander, I am ...
Previously posted on Young People For Blog: http://blog.youngpeoplefor.org/ The other night I attended a student government meeting that dealt with the validity of a certain group on the funding ...
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