Tag Archive: Africa

Mar 15

Endless war in the Eastern Congo

The Council of Foreign Relations website has useful background reports on a number of major issues, such as cyber security, but by far the best is their report on the Eastern Congo. This conflict has taken more lives than any other conflict such World War Two, and at times threatened to destabilize much of Africa. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2016/03/the-eastern-congo/

Jul 18

Best Map of the Global Drug Trade

I have been researching the drug trade in Latin America this year, and recently came across this map of the global drug trade by Eduardo Asta, who created it in 2014. This particular map has now been published in the Atlas of Design, which celebrates the best maps produced in the world, and is published …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2015/07/best-map-of-the-global-drug-trade/

May 01

South Africa and Nuclear Security

Terrified of outside intervention, the South African military created six atomic weapons, which were dismantled after the collapse of apartheid. The nuclear material, however, was preserved, despite requests (by the United States and others) that the South African government convert this material into a less-dangerous form. This material is stored at a site called Pelindaba, …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2015/05/south-africa-and-nuclear-security/

Mar 15

David Quammen’s The Chimp and the River

I have done work for much of the last 15 years in global health, and wrote a book about the AIDS Pandemic in Latin America. I’ve returned to thinking about HIV recently because I’ve just given a lecture on the Global AIDS pandemic, during which I discussed media coverage of not only the new gene …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2015/03/david-quammens-the-chimp-and-the-river/

Feb 27

NPR’s “Life after Death.”

I know that people may be tired of hearing about Ebola, which is a painful topic. Still, I have to strongly recommend a new storyboard by NPR reporters called “Life after Death,” which describes one village’s experience with the outbreak. The storyboard combines audio interviews and stunning photographs to create an account that is moving, …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2015/02/nprs-life-after-death/

Oct 21

Columbia Prediction of Infectious Diseases

One of the major questions that international agencies and governments have been wrestling with is the likely future of the Ebola epidemic in Africa. Perhaps the best website for these predictions is the Columbia Prediction of Infectious Diseases site. Unfortunately, despite the heroic efforts currently being made in West Africa, the curve towards mid-November shows …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2014/10/columbia-prediction-of-infectious-diseases/

Oct 06

Ebola in the United States

With the arrival of Ebola in Texas, the media coverage of Ebola has increased dramatically. Reuters has a good video talking about the current situation with Ebola (click here). As the video discusses, people are starting to ask questions about mass transit and other technologies that bring people into contact. Could you transmit Ebola through …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2014/10/ebola-in-the-united-states/

Sep 09

Ebola and “exponential growth”

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has not received the resources it merits, in part because other Ebola outbreaks proved relatively easy to contain. Those epidemics, however, tended to take place in a rural context, and Africa has changed profoundly since the 1970s. The urbanization and transportation networks that are remaking the region have also …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2014/09/ebola-and-exponential-growth/

Aug 30

Ebola update

There is a great deal of news today about Ebola, which has now spread to Senegal, the fifth country in West Africa to be affected by the outbreak. The nation has tried to protect itself by banning flights from affected countries, but this is unlikely to be effective given that most people cross the border …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2014/08/ebola-update/

Aug 20

Ebola and Culture

A crowd of men recently overran an Ebola clinic in Liberia, after which 17 patients disappeared. One of the factors driving this event may have been a sense of denial that Ebola exists. Such concerns led to an improbable new pop culture hit in West Africa: a song titled “Ebola in Town.” In recent article …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2014/08/ebola-and-culture/

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