AFRICA 1: Chronic dependence or systemic change?

In 1976 Africa’s share of the world’s GNP was 1.2%, but its percentage of population stood at 7.5%. With about 4% of the world’s population the US enjoyed around 25% of GNP. Life expectancy is about 40 years for Africans, while it is almost twice that for Americans and most Westerners and Japanese. In the [...]

Drop in malaria in Africa raises questions

The drastic fall of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa including Tanzania has aroused a lot of questions to researchers. This is according to the United Press International (UPI). The report was circulated to the Science and Technology online journal after being released in Copenhagen-Denmark on Sunday last week. It says the incidence of malaria in many [...]

Famime in the horn of Africa

More than two million children may die of famine and disease in the Horn of Africa this year while the world merely observes, regardless of UNICEF and private organizations’ pleas for help. One of the worst droughts in more than a decade, combined with rising food prices and armed conflict, account for extensive famine and [...]

Arab v. European historic roles in Africa’s undervelopment

To what degree is Europe responsible for the underdevelopment of Africa, and do Arabs have any role in that process? Some have advanced the following arguments to blur the lines between the role of Arabs and Europeans in Africa in the past centuries. These apologists of European exploitation of Africa and the attempt to argue [...]

The new scrambla for Africa

There is a 21st-century version of “the scramble for Africa,” a continuation of what started in the 19th century (1880-1914) by the Europeans who pillaged the continent’s resources, systematically exploited its people, caused tribal and regional wars, destroying its culture; and all of it by invoking social Darwinism and other Eurocentric theories, including ethnocentrism and [...]

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