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Deserts on Three Continents, Part 3: The Sahara: Into the Sandbox on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

At over 3.6 million square miles, the Sahara is the world's largest desert if you exclude the icy wastes of the Arctic and Antarctica. Unfortunately I...

Respecting the Future in the Life and Cinematic Work of Jean Rouch

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Arts
Paul Stoller

Known in Europe and Africa for his highly creative work in documentary film, Rouch's work helped to spark The New Wave of French filmmaking, inspiring filmmakers like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Journalists Freed In Niger

AP | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has freed two journalists and an activist who were detained this week as part of a recent spate of arrests condemned by i...

The Craziest Market in the World: The Bamako Death Market

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Paula Froelich

When I went to Bamako, Mali, these baskets are what I expected to find. Then I went to the Death Market. Fun fact: People in the Wes...

France's 19th Century Foreign Policy Fails in 2014

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since Operation Sangaris was launched, however, the French military has proven powerless to stop the sectarian violence, which took more than a thousand lives in Bangui last month.

Africa's Sahel Region To Receive $8.25 Billion

AP | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS -- UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Bank and the European Union are pledging $8.25 billion to boost economic growth and fight poverty ...

Official: Bodies Of 92 Migrants Found In Desert

AP | Posted 10.31.2013 | World

DAKAR, Senegal -- DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The governor of Niger's Agadez province confirms that 92 bodies have been recovered in the desert, after tru...

A World Without Contraception Is No Place for People

John Seager | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
John Seager

Let's pretend that the right-wing anti-contraception crusaders get their way and ban all birth control in the United States. From this day forward, sex is solely for procreation. In short: It would be a disaster. How can I be so sure?

Wells Bring Hope: The Clean Water Savior

Clarissa Burt | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

"There is no greater need than to have access to safe drinking water," says Barbara Goldberg, Founder and President of Wells Bring Hope, a non-profit charity organization dedicated to saving lives in West Africa.

Body Falls From Air France Jet In Niger

AP | Posted 09.24.2013 | World

NIAMEY, Niger — Niger's interior minister says a body fell from an Air France plane as it approached the West African country's capital, Niamey,...

A Special Birthday Wish for Helen Keller

Kathy Spahn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

Achieving the elimination of blinding trachoma in 2015 in Mali and Niger will reinforce the promise of global elimination for 2020 and can save the sight of thousands of children and adults. It can also serve as one of the greatest tributes to Helen Keller's legacy the world has ever seen.

Congress OKs Killing of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime?

Michael Shank | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.

Paul Stoller or Why Anthropology Still Matters

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 04.25.2013 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

The Nobel may be Sweden's most famous prize, but the Retzius medal is also quite an honor. That the award this year goes to Paul Stoller is particularly noteworthy because his work is somewhat outside the mainstream of anthropology.

Bombino Revives Romance, Kicks Like Espresso, Lifts Your Mood, Makes Your Party. It's Great Music.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Christmas comes early this year. And if you are good girls and boys, you will now do whatever you must to get your hands on a great present: "Nomad," 40 minutes of music by an African guitarist who's called Bombino.

'We Don't Need An Atomic Bomb'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.15.2013 | World

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday defended his country's controversial nuclear programme while on a tour of west Africa, calling it peac...

Drones: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I don't have much to say about drones that isn't being said, except that -- as my late grandmother, may she rest in peace, would have put it -- they're just plain wrong.

Doctors Arrested For Alleged Embezzling From Gates-Backed Charity

Reuters | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact

NIAMEY, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Niger arrested about 20 doctors suspected of embezzling funds from a charity promoting vaccination in poor countries, set...

Obama Letter To Congress: U.S. Military Arrive In Niger

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The Pentagon has deployed about 100 troops to the West African nation of Niger to conduct unmanned reconnaissance fli...

Mali-Niger-Uranium: A Chinese Puzzle

Barry Lando | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Barry Lando

Niger has huge deposits of uranium, and the largest uranium miner is Areva, a sprawling French energy conglomerate, in which the French government has a major interest. To what degree was France's dramatic intervention driven by France's own economic interests?

Niger Approves U.S. Drone Base In Africa

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | World

NIAMEY, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Niger has given permission for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qa...

U.S. Plans Base For Surveillance Drones In Northwest Africa

The New York Times | Posted 01.28.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — The United States military command in Africa is preparing plans to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase unarmed surve...

PHOTOS: The 7 Sunniest Spots On Earth

Posted 02.15.2013 | Travel

The best places to find sun during these cold, dreary months.

Striking Success in Child Survival Fulfills Promise in Niger

Dr. Guido Cornale | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Dr. Guido Cornale

Twenty years ago, Niger suffered from the world's highest death rates for children under the age of five. Today it ranks as one of the world's top 20 performing countries in reducing child mortality. This turnaround is one of the most remarkable public health success stories of our time.

PHOTOS: Crossing The World's Most Dangerous Borders

Posted 09.23.2012 | Travel

In America, we hear a lot about "The Border," the line of barbed wire and desert separating Mexico from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Tha...

PHOTOS: Visiting The World's Remotest Airports

Posted 09.21.2012 | Travel

The world may be wrapped in a net of air routes, but there are still vast empty spaces between hubs. Whether tropical or freezing -- most are one or t...