A Different Olympic Story

When President Bush said he was attending the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games despite China’s misdeeds in the international arena, he said it is because the Olympics are about sports, not politics. Did anyone buy that? We … Continued

Africa’s Climate Imperative

In recent years, important strides have been made in awareness and action on the issue of climate change, as the undeniable risks are coming more and more into focus.  Yet, while communities around the world are already bearing the burden … Continued

Making the Case for Aid Reform

When we’re told that U.S. attempts at development in the global south do not work, we respond, ‘it’s because true development has never been tried.’ For decades the U.S. has shipped money and supplies overseas only to see the levels … Continued

Liberia Will Rise Again! Observations From a Recent Visit

What’s happening in Liberia?  Is the war over ?  Is it safe to travel there? These are the most common questions I’ve been asked regarding the situation in the West African country of Liberia. My three weeks on the ground in post-conflict … Continued

Advocacy Update: Rwanda-Congo Conflict

This article first appeared in the July/August issue of Around Africa   Between March and early May, you may remember signing a petition to the U.S. State Department generated by Africa Faith and Justice Network regarding the Democratic Republic of … Continued

Congress Challenges AFRICOM

Congress is finally taking up its constitutionally mandated duties of oversight and responsible budgeting – at least on U.S.-Africa policy. From humanitarian relief for northern Uganda to the Jubilee Act on debt relief, Congress is making some very important steps … Continued

AFRICOM: Key Facts and Concerns

Published originally on the resist AFRICOM coalition website, August 2008. AFRICOM expands of the role of the U.S. military on the African Continent, potentially shifting humanitarian resources from civilians to military personnel. We reject this militarization of foreign engagement. We also repudiate the … Continued