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Ebola center in Sierra Leone. National and international efforts to stop the spread of the epidemic have been insufficient to contain it. Photo credits: ©EC/ECHO/Cyprien Fabre.

We All Must Respond to Ebola
Statement by US-Africa Network, September 19, 2014

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December 15, 2014  Africa/Global: Postponing Climate Decisions
    "It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis. ... In the wake of the climate disaster that was Hurricane Katrina almost ten years ago, I saw the same images of police, pointing war-zone weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. ... When crisis hits, the underlying racism in our society comes to the surface in very clear ways." - Deirdre Smith, 350.org, August 20, 2014

December 8, 2014  Africa: Reflections from an Elder Statesman
    "In recent years, Africa has had strong economic growth records largely attributed to the comparative advantage that we have on natural resources and the demands fuelled by the strong growth in the largest emerging economies in Latin America and Asia. However, this growth has not translated into further reduction of poverty nor income and wealth inequality as we expected. ... The wealth and resources of our countries must be used to serve our people and not benefit a few individuals." - H.E. Salim Ahmed Salim

December 1, 2014  USA/Nigeria: Uneasy Alliance
    "Boko Haram poses no security threat to the U.S. homeland, but its attack on Nigeria, and the Abuja response characterized by extensive human rights violations, does challenge U.S. interests in Africa. ... If Nigeria's civilian government is to forestall an implosion involving Boko Haram and the 2015 elections, and to resume its positive regional role, it needs to end ubiquitous human rights abuses by official entities, orchestrate humanitarian relief to refugees and persons internally displaced by fighting in the north, and ensure credible elections that do not exacerbate internal conflict." - John Campbell, Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria

November 19, 2014  Africa: Past Time for Bandaids
    Although the new BandAid30 single may raise millions, some of which may actually aid in fighting Ebola, it is also prompting an unusually high level of criticism for its patronizing lyrics and paternalistic stance towards Africa. Even more important, the Ebola epidemic is prompting not only traditional charity but also questioning of the fundamental global failure to invest in sustainable support for health at all levels.

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November 11, 2014  
    Africa/Global: Fossil-Fuel Divestment Growing
November 11, 2014  
    Africa/Global: Climate Change Summary Report
November 5, 2014  
    Africa/Global: Public Health, Shared Responsibilities
October 30, 2014  
    South Africa: In Africa? Or Not?
October 20, 2014  
    USA/Africa: Decent Work Agenda
October 14, 2014  
    USA/Africa: New Statistics on Immigrant Communities
October 7, 2014  
    Africa: Ebola Perspectives
September 22, 2014  
    Africa: Climate Action & Economic Growth
September 16, 2014  
    Africa: Tracing the Oil Money
September 10, 2014  
    West Africa: Ebola Response Scale-Up Urgent, Uncertain
August 18, 2014  
    Africa: From Kerosene to Solar
August 11, 2014  
    Africa: Investment for Whom?
July 31, 2014  
    Africa/Global: Talking Points on Common Issues
July 29, 2014  
    USA/Africa: A Dubious Summit
July 14, 2014  
    Africa: Understanding Organized Crime
July 10, 2014  
    Africa: Rapid Growth in Mobile Money

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