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There’s trouble in River City, and it’s spelled D-A-M

There’s trouble in River City, and it’s spelled D-A-M

There is a village in Afghanistan by the name of Kobakai, a few winding hours from Kabul, where the lives of the residents changed because of one thing: water.
With help from outside groups such as CARE, one morning the residents of Kobakai (ko-BAH-ki) woke to find that beginning that day …

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In Mali, Now Comes the Hard Part

In Mali, Now Comes the Hard Part

Beginning in January, French and Malian forces took just over a month to rid Mali’s north of Islamic militants. The Tuareg-dominated MNLA however claims a remote, remaining area. With elections scheduled the end of July, most Malians are refusing to compromise
Kidal, a city in the far north-east, is the hub …

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Mandela and Mugabe: A Study in Contrasts

Mandela and Mugabe: A Study in Contrasts

[Robert Mugabe and Nelson Mandela]
Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized for more than a week and South Africans are on edge.
Robert Mugabe has controversially announced a quick July …

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Time for Mugabe to go

Time for Mugabe to go

 
The violent, mismanaged and tyrannical rule of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe must end. As the opposition parties in the country unite to dig their heels in bracing to defend against another example of the blatant and rampant corruption that has engulfed

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Why Obama’s visit is important for South Africa

Why Obama’s visit is important for South Africa

 
As Barack Obama is about to embark on his historic tour of Africa, many South Africans are asking why it should matter to them. There are numerous reasons why a visit from the President of the United States is an historic occasion.
First, the U.S. helps save South African lives. Since …

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Zim Elections

Zim Elections

[Reuters. Robert Mugabe signs Zimbabwe's new Constitution into law in Harare in May 2013.]
In the wake of a court order mandating that Zimbabwe hold Presidential elections by the end of July, President Robert Mugabe has vowed to do just that. Many …

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Africa Showing Zero Tolerance for Organized Terror

Africa Showing Zero Tolerance for Organized Terror

Nigeria increased its offensive last week against the insurgence group Boko Haram in an attempt to reclaim the northwest region where the rebel group has attempted to carve …

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Somalia and the Slippery Slope of ‘Jubbaland’

Somalia and the Slippery Slope of ‘Jubbaland’

 

If the latest development in Somalia gives you the feeling of being trapped in the Twilight Zone — somewhere between relative security and renewed bloodshed — you are not alone. Due to the array of competing internal and external interest groups …

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Repression in Zim?: An Election Must Be Nigh

Repression in Zim?: An Election Must Be Nigh

There is an old cliche about three similar events making a trend. Well, it appears we have a trend in Zimbabwe, where, not coincidentally, there is supposed to be an election this year.
In recent weeks a young activist, Solomon Madzore, found himself in jail for likening President Robert Mugabe to

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ICC Rift with Africa Growing in Pursuit of Kenyatta

ICC Rift with Africa Growing in Pursuit of Kenyatta

On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s richest man and son of the country’s founding president won the presidential election of Kenya and prepared to take the highest office in the nation. However, amid the success of achieving such a …

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Somalia Conference and Rivalry of Civilizations

Somalia Conference and Rivalry of Civilizations

A few days before the “Somalia Conference 2013” held in London on May 7, a foreign journalist friend of mine sent me an e-mail asking what my thoughts were regarding the upcoming conference …

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Rich Africa? Poor Africa? Yes.

Rich Africa? Poor Africa? Yes.

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The current issue of Foreign Affairs has an article, “Africa’s Economic Boom: Why the Pessimists and the Optimists are Both Right,” by Shantayanan Devarajan and Wolfgang Fengler. The subtitle might …

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Masai Ujiri: The Path to Becoming the First African NBA Executive

Masai Ujiri: The Path to Becoming the First African NBA Executive


Masai Ujiri took an unconventional route to the pinnacle of National Basketball Association (NBA) team management. Now he is watching his Denver Nuggets’, a team he built in just three seasons as general manager, attempt to make a run at an NBA championship.
Ujiri grew up in the central …

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Lights, Camera, Distraction – Polisario U.N. Theatrics Prolong Humanitarian Drama

Lights, Camera, Distraction – Polisario U.N. Theatrics Prolong Humanitarian Drama

The U.N. Security Council is currently debating a draft resolution on whether or not to extend the peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara (MINURSO) ahead of the April 30, 2013 deadline. For more than 20 years, the U.N. Security Council has …

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Security in the Sahel: Atlantic Memo #43

Security in the Sahel: Atlantic Memo #43

A few weeks back I contributed to an Atlantic Community theme week on Security Issues in the Sahel. The result was Atlantic Memo #43, Security in the Sahel: Regional Initiatives in Pursuit of Long-Term Stability …

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Derek Catsam
Derek Catsam

Derek Catsam is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Derek writes about race and politics in the United States and Africa, sports, and terrorism. He is currently working on books on bus boycotts in the United States and South Africa in the 1940s and 1950s, the Freedom Rides, and South African resistance politics in the 1980s. He has lived, worked, and travelled extensively throughout southern Africa. He is also a lifelong sports fan, with the Boston Red Sox as his first true love. He was one of about three dozen people to write books about the 2004 World Champion Red Sox, and the result is Bleeding Red: A Red Sox Fan's Diary of the 2004 Season. He writes about politics, sports, travel, pop culture, and just about anything else that comes to mind.

Areas of Focus:
Africa; Zimbabwe; South Africa; Apartheid

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