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Written by Roevie on May 30, 2009


Africa has been the recipient of more than $1 trillion of developmental aid over the past fifty years. And yet, Africa howbeit is the poorest continent.

Dambisa Moyo makes a case that developmental AID is not working in promoting sustainble growth and the development of Africa economically, socially and politically. She makes a compelling argument that aid has actually led to the perpetuation of poverty and subsequently led to economic retardation.

 But she proposes that all develomental AID be cut off altogether from the continent as there are inadequate systems to allow the aid model to function in a way that will be beneficial to the average African.

 The challenge then becomes, what can be done? How do we get people more educated, how do we provide safer drinking water and basic amenities to many individuals in rural areas, or living...

Written by johncollins on May 27, 2009

As any student of news analysis knows, the mainstream media's attention is quite easily diverted from important stories once a moment of "crisis" has passed.  The Israeli strangulation of Gaza is an ongoing story that is decades in the making and, for ordinary Gazans, an ongoing reality.  While Israel's recent full-scale military assault on Gaza has ended, the suffering of Gaza's colonized population goes on.  Here is an update on some key Gaza stories that are flying under the radar. 

Writing in the indispensable Electronic Intifada...

Written by johncollins on May 18, 2009

A recent article in Al-Ahram Weekly by a St. Lawrence University alumnus tackles the thorny issue of the intercommunal tension that continues to plague Indian society.  Somdeep Sen, who graduate from SLU in 2007 and is currently doing graduate work at Central European University in Budapest, argues that India's large Muslim minority continues to bear the brunt of the society's internal contradictions. 

Pointing to the data revealed in the important 2006 Sachar Commitee Report, Sen notes that India's Muslims are...

Written by johncollins on May 13, 2009

One of the most underreported aspects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has been its detrimental impact on the environment.  Living under occupation, Palestinians are unable to engage in fully autonomous and effective development efforts.  In response to this situation, a new local NGO called Bustan Qaraaqa (the Tortoise Garden) has emerged in Beit Sahour, a town famous for its inspiring tax revolt during the first Palestinian intifada (uprising) in the late 1980s.  Bustan Qaraaqa seeks to "propagate a...

Written by milansova on May 6, 2009

"Into Abyssinia" a Chautauqua Films production, was shown for students at Saint Lawrence this semester. The film is co-directed by SLU student O'Keefe Foster. Knowing Keefe, I was interested in having a converstion about the film, his mother's Selamta Project, and cultural tranfers and perceptions that are created through NGO's. "Into Abyssinia" documents a trip by the Foster family, and friends to Ethopia, the struggles and process of adopting children, and the questions of identity raised for an internationally adopted child in the U.S. I believe the film is very touching and promotes a critical look at the importance of projects like the Selamta Project. To learn more about the Selamta Project click here.


Written by Danielle on May 4, 2009

To say that America revolves around capitalism and economics is not a stretch of the imagination. When these issues are possibly threatened, Americans look for someone to blame or something to punish in order to fix the problem, and unfortunately, immigrants, or individuals who "look" like immigrants, have become a primary target for this blame. Is this a legitimate claim or an extension of racism and discrimination in the US?

Each year, millions of migrant workers travel across the United States to find employment. As a result, their children are transferred from school to school and often must work in the fields with their parents in order to make money. Some of these workers are immigrants, both documented and undocumented , and some just can't find...

Written by nicoleszucs on Apr 30, 2009


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For some reason I cannot embed the other videos. However, I highly recomend you to check them out to get a wider view of what is going on right now on the media and the Swine Flu.

This is ridiculous...

Blaming Swine Flu on immigrants ... stay away from them. 

We are in for a good old fashion scare-off .... Jon Stewart


Written by Patricia Poekel on Apr 29, 2009

Yesterday the Chicago Tribune published an article discussing the five arrests of congressmen and activists for civil disobedience charges outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington. The goal of the protestors was to draw attention to Sudanese President al-Bashir's "crimes against humanity" in Darfur and to have the 16 aid groups Bashir banned allowed back. This naturally put pressure on President Obama to somehow react and help this situation. The question I raise is is it President Obama's responsibility or place to interfere with the situation in Darfur?...

Written by nicoleszucs on Apr 27, 2009
When Indigenous issues around the world are being reported, we usually run into terms such as “uncivilized”, “primitive”, “from the stone age” and “underdeveloped”. We have been exposed to these terms since colonization, making them part of our expressions, and not analyzing them whenever we come across them. These terms are not just politically incorrect, but also have a negative connotation that implies the need of these groups to their incorporation to the capitalist “civilized” and “developed” system. These terms tend to separate us and them in a very polarized way. Although there is a cultural distinction, extreme polarization of cultural groups tends to create stereotypes which can eventually lead to racism.

Stamp it out is a campaign from Survival...

Written by nicoleszucs on Apr 25, 2009
The Indigenous People’s Global Summit on Climate Change ended yesterday in Anchorage, Alaska. It brought together indigenous groups from 80 different nations to gather their points of view and their suggestions, to later present it in the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP). The reports on the way that Climate Change affects indigenous populations, generally focuses on populations from the Artic, however few attention is given to how it affects different indigenous populations around the world, the significance to their culture, way of life and subsistence. Their resources is reducing, the water level rising, and even some of them are being displaced as foreign companies grab indigenous lands to plant...