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Subsaharan Africa

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

What If We Sent 1 Million Books to The Gambia?

Patrick Plonski | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Patrick Plonski

Tom Warth, the founder of Books For Africa, has done a lot of unusual things to promote charity and education. But nothing has been as important to him as his "African Book Walk: A Hike Across The Gambia to End Their Book Famine."

The G20 Needs to Support Reformist African Leadership

Tony Blair | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Tony Blair

African citizens deserve elections that are about changing lives, not just changing leaders. The international community needs to find new ways to support, not just exhort, leaders in Africa to do the right thing.

How Quickly Are Countries Progressing Toward the Millennium Development Goals?

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

The United Nations recently published the 2011 World Economic Situation and Prospects report. But the picture that was painted by a highly simplistic brush.

The Fes Festival: Different Drummers

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

This year the Fes Festival presented two excellent drumming ensembles. Experiencing these two groups got me thinking about how much we rely on our own cultures to interpret sound.

The Academic Man's Burden

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Academics are laggards, eternal followers that lack the ability to innovate and continue to inhabit a world of quantitative models oftentimes not descriptive of today's reality.