Nearly 12 years ago, the United States Congress, representing the American people, provided President George W. Bush with the authorization to invade Iraq. Friday, seemingly under this same authorization, American bombs fell again on Iraq.
Luckily, the two Americans who received ZMapp, the new experimental drug for Ebola, seem to be improving, which holds great promise and hope for thousands of other people but also raises broader ethical issues and questions.
Portuguese sailors who risked washing up on its deadly shore called this desolate region that runs north from of the coastal resort town of Swakopmund to the Angolan border the "The Gates of Hell." The Bushmen called it "The Land God Made in Anger." The Skeleton Coast is all those things, but undeniably beautiful too.
The coverage of the Ebola outbreak is a window into how ill-informed we are about disease, geography and culture. It reinforces stereotypes of Africa as a "country," in which medieval African villagers unwittingly spread medieval Third World diseases into First World spaces.
We cannot afford to stand at the sidelines and watch people do things for us. Developing a resilient entrepreneurial base and private sector can sustain economic growth and produce real economic and social gains in Africa.
We've seen these animals in zoos before, but we now had the opportunity to see them roam freely in their natural habitat. For a bunch of city kids like us, it was truly amazing.
By all means, try pasta when you are Italy, steak in Argentina, and sushi in Japan, but after you finish, dig a little deeper and try some of these regional specialties that don't have much world-wide fame.
Rhodesia born Paul and his brother David have created a flying machine they think can do the job: the BushCat, a lightweight, low- and slow-winged vehicle, designed for the bush.
The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.
First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Laura Bush on stage during Investing in Our Future at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, August 6, 2014. Photo ...
There's so much more to Africa, both good and bad, than Chantal Biya's hair. But you'd never know it from the stories of the last 48 hours in mainstream American media outlets.
At a time when criticism is mounting about the way the president is handling the rest of the world, Africa is shaping up to be Obama's major play for a legacy.
Already, 3.9 million people -- about one in three South Sudanese -- face dangerous levels of food insecurity. However, unlike in Ethiopia in the 1980s, where drought led to crop failures that killed one million people, this country is facing an "entirely man-made famine."
When peace is at stake, no one is too good for talking.
Though we still have a long way to go, domestic spending increases among African Union nations demonstrate growing political will -- a sign that we are right on track. Most importantly, it sends a strong political message to international donors that their investments are working.
LGBT individuals away from medical care and treatment, school, jobs and even housing. As a result, LGBT Africans are overrepresented among the under-educated, under-employed and homeless. What can the U.S. do to help advance rights for LGBT Africans?