Washington Post The Central African Republic's complex war, explained in the journey of a ... Washington Post BOYALI, Central African Republic — Fatimatu Yamsa will never know her baby's fate, but in an instant she altered it forever.
Christian Science Monitor Anti-gay laws are political boon across Africa Christian Science Monitor Uganda's president recently approved a controversial law further criminalizing homosexuality and imposing strict sentences for aspects of...
Juyoung Lee's insight:
The article I read was about gay laws in Africa. In Africa, there is a general disliking of gays and the people have a negative viewpoint about them. As we have learned already, Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni signed a law against gays and majority agree with him. While not all African countries have anti-gay laws, 38 of the continent's 54 countries do have anti-gay laws. The statistics show that 98 percent of people in Nigeria do not agree with homosexuality. The other countries in Africa have similar results. The intensity of the laws vary between countries. Some ranging from years in prison or even death. A reason for such dislike could be because of the religions in Africa. Christians and Muslims have an ongoing dispute between each other but they are united when it comes to anti-gay laws. Majority think of homosexuality as wrong in Africa and some believe that African leaders are passing these laws to gain the favor of the people and a possibility of staying in power longer. Many of the western countries could not agree less with Africa's homosexuality laws and Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands have even broken off their aid for Uganda as soon as the law was published. To put it simply, the westerners disapprove of Africa's homosexuality laws.
Wow, I never knew how bad things were. I have recently learned about the publishing of anti-gay laws in Africa and this article has helped me understand even better of the current situation. The opinions of the African continent is very different from the western part of the world and I can understand that it could be a likely cause of disagreement. The article has also helped me understand how western countries are taking the news of Africa's decisions.
The topic of the article isn't something you can place a clear opinion on instantly. I come from a Christian household and my religion says it is wrong but I can't seem to get myself to agree with what the Africans are doing. I have nothing against homosexuals and I think that the laws may be to harsh against them. Then again, I do think that people should refrain from gay sex. I have mixed emotions and thought about this sensitive topic and I don't have a straight up opinion of what is right and what is wrong.
Tackling malaria in Africa has had "great successes" but the world must "not take the foot off the gas", Wellcome Trust medical researchers warn.
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The article I read was about malaria and how we need to continue to fight this disease even if things seem to be getting better. Malaria has been an issue in Africa for a long time but things have been getting better with the amount of people infected with malaria dropping. Scientist have seen this improvement but insist that we need to keep our foot on the gas pedal or the gains made from the years could all disappear. An average of 627,000 people die from malaria globally and Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have the highest amount of malaria infected.
This article helped me understand that the problem with malaria has dropped, but only by a little and that scientists are worried that people are not taking malaria seriously anymore. I also had my understanding of the malaria issue renewed.
The subject of malaria is a very hackneyed subject and I have heard of it many times before although the amount of times I hear it has dropped drastically during the past 2 or 3 years. I think this can also indicate that people have lost interest on the subject and I can see that it can get stale when you are constantly told of a situation. This may have been a problem that has been around for a long time but it is still dangerous and in full prevalence. I think that people should look at this topic again and work on finding ways to completely stopping this disease. I saw a Ted Talk once where they discussed how they could completely erase the mosquito population. I think that a good start to stopping malaria would be to start dealing with the mosquitoes that inflict this parasitic disease.
IEEE Spectrum Construction Begins on $7 Billion Power Africa Project IEEE Spectrum “Power infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from massive degrees of underinvestment as compared to the developed world,” says Andrew Herscowitz, coordinator...
Tens of thousands of Muslims flee Christian militias in Central African Republic Washington Post The cycle of chaos is fast becoming one of the worst outbreaks of violence along Muslim-Christian fault lines in recent memory in sub- Saharan Africa,...
Juyoung Lee's insight:
This article is about the conflict between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic. There has always been tension between the Christians and Muslims but things have been getting worse after the resigning of a Muslim leader, Michel Djotodia. Ironically, the reason behind the leader resigning was to stabilize this poor country and stop the fighting. The Christians are brutalizing the Muslims and many have fled the country to surrounding countries like Chad. They have killed scores of Muslims and the Muslims are departing day by day. The Christians have also burned, destroyed, and looted the Muslim homes and mosques, tearing them down. The mass fleeing has had an affected on the country. Many of the fleeing Muslims were traders and shopkeepers which meant the Central African Republic's economy was hit hard. The author expresses his concern as well by explaining how bad the situation is in the country. The article helped me understand the many conflicts in the African countries, not only between the ethnic groups but also between different religions. This showed me that the colorful amount of cultures and people in Africa can also be a pot brewing with trouble if not controlled properly. This isn't a topic I know well about to freely express myself and my opinions, but I think the Christians were at fault no matter what way you say it. I think this article's topic is a heavy one and should be a focus for many of the African communities to try to solve. Defeating the internal fights would be the first step before trying to improve Africa economy or technology.
Africa gets tough in war on poachers South China Morning Post Africa is getting tougher in its fight against poaching.
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This article focuses on the battle against poachers who illegally poach elephants and rhinos for their ivory. The article explains the efforts of trying to stop poaching by using many tactics as well as utilizing advanced technology that weren’t used in the past. As things got even worse for the national parks with poachers killing for ivory in every corner, the African government went to harder measures with stiff penalties. Britain had also lent a hand with the poaching problem by exchanging their knowledge on counter-poaching tactics. This article is also mainly focused on Kenya and South Africa’s national parks such as Kruger and its rangers.
This bit of news helped me understand the struggle that African nations are going through to try to protect its wildlife. It also showed me the extent that poachers will go to take the ivory and strike it rich even with the risks. It was interesting to learn of how much greed and trouble ivory has caused in the regions that have them.
The topic discussed in the article was a very common one that I have seen often and I have always felt sorrow when I heard of poaching. Ivory has probably been the center of greed for a long time in Africa and it isn’t unusual to hear news of poaching even though it pains me. I think this turmoil has been going on for a long time already and it is a pain for everyone now. The best for everyone would be if ivory lost its value in the market so the reason for poaching would cease to exist.
Twenty-two gold miners who came out of a disused and temporarily blocked shaft near Johannesburg over the last two days have been arrested and will be charged with illegal mining, South African police said.
More than 850,000 people are in desperate need of food and a further two million are considered "food insecure". (UN: More than 850,000 #Somali are in desperate need of food and a further two million are considered "food insecure".
Juyoung Lee's insight:
The article I read was about hunger in Somalia. Things are very extreme and Somalia's humanitarian side is very fragile as the article says. The amount of people who desperately need food in Somalia was 870,000 people six months ago. The UN World Food Program's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit have estimated the amount of people who need immediate humanitarian service to be 857,000 during recent investigations. This is a small improvement but an improvement nonetheless. The UN have been trying to raise money for the people of Somalia and they expect 933 million this year but it has only received 36 million so far. You might ask why Somalia is going through grave humanitarian problems there are reasons. Somalia's government and security are very unstable. This was resulted from a constant rebel threat and many Somalis being displaced from all the fighting, insecurity, and hunger.
This article of Somalia's hunger helped me understand that some, if not many, of Africa's countries are unstable and in need of help in many areas. It also made me realized that problems in Africa are growing out of hand and sprouting new problems. This hunger issue started out with an unstable government because of the rebels. The fight over the country is destroying the country and erasing any hope of recovery if it isn't stopped soon. This matter is pretty tense already but I think it can change rapidly into something worse.
This article is important as well along with many of Africa's other problems. Hunger can cause desperation and when people get desperate, you don't know what they will do. The food shortage will continue if not cut at the roots and I think that the root of this problem is the constant fighting inside the country. I think that this article is bringing up a point that rebel problems are producing other complications. It should be Somalia's greatest interest to stop the fighting before it tears up the country even further.
DAR AS SALAAM, Tanzania — It is a bloody industry that is emptying the wilderness of a mighty beast — the noble elephant. But for the traders and the poacher...
Juyoung Lee's insight:
This article was about poaching, most specifically elephants being poached in Tanzania. An elephant's tusks can get a handsome sum on black markets and many are willing to take the risk of poaching because of it's rewards. In the article, a reporter goes incognito into a market in Dar as Salaam in Tanzania, one of sub-Saharan Africa's biggest cities. There the reporter was offered ivory products just minutes after he got there. Many of the ivory sellers are more than eager to sell their ivory with some even smuggling the ivory without charge. The people involved in the illegal ivory trade are not just fighters that are trying to fuel their wars and buy guns. Many want the riches that come with ivory such as civil servants and government officials as well. Twenty-seven government officials were fired only this month for being in the ivory trade. The price of ivory is still rising and it is getting a reputation as "white gold" along with rhino horns. Much of the demand for "white gold" is in the Far East. An uncountable amount of people are in the trade and Africa's elephants and rhinos may be facing extinction in the next few years if this controversy isn't stopped soon.
I have read a lot of poaching articles and I know how severe it can be as well as it's consequences. This article helps me understand more about this issue in Africa and can expand more upon this subject. I can understand that such a problem is uncommon in the world except in Africa. With many of the countries still having rebels and wars, this trade is a great way to get the money. I can see that a lot of Africa's problems are connected to each other to more I read of them.
My opinion of the topic in the article is that it is ridiculous how much people want ivory. From some of the other articles I have read that have the same topic, I can conclude that ivory is demanded because of popular(but wrong) belief. In China, a country that has a high demand for ivory, people believe that elephant tusks grow back and the majority is ignorant to the fact that the elephants are killed for their tusks. These people are probably influenced by the lies of propaganda so that ivory demands keep rising. I think that a plausible way to stop the unforgiving trade could be to make the world aware of this problem and create severe punishments for poaching.
Washington, January 27, 2014: With more than half of Sub-Saharan Africas population now under the age of 25, and as many as 11 million young Africans expected to join the labor market every year for the next decade, creating millions of...
Juyoung Lee's insight:
In this article, it tells of Africa's trouble with creating jobs for youths and the community's methods which they are trying to use to create new jobs. Many African governments have hands full of this problem. The economies of Africa are growing rapidly from the oil, gas, and mineral extraction but there is still problems with creating new jobs for the large youth population and controlling the poverty line. Attracting investments into large enterprises that create jobs is key to stopping this problem but there is more to it. An education for the youths is important as well. Teaching the population science and technology allows them to find work in the modern job market more easily. Simple labor-intensive jobs are also possibilities for productive work. With many other countries outside Africa having older citizens, the younger African populations can profit from the demand of labor like agriculture, manufacturing, and services. Other methods that seem to come in handy in solving this problem is providing cash grants for the people to kick start their financial career and doing programs in which the people are taught complementary skills which increases the level of employment and income.
This article helped me understand the problems that Africa seems to be facing even though its countries have been growing rapidly. I can imagine that the long period in which they were under European rule and how late the African countries gained their independence plays a role in their problems even now. It also helped me realize that Africa has many complications and those complications are stunting the possibilities of growth. I believe that if they can solve their problems and given time, Africa will thrive from their natural resources.
If I were to state my opinion about this article, I would say that this is a very important topic that the whole African community should pay attention to. The majority of Africa's population is under the poverty line and following steps to improve life and create jobs is a must.
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