Congrats to Solome Lemma and Africans in the Diaspora: “AiD was formed with the belief Africans abroad and on the continent have an important role to play in development in Africa” said Solome Lemma, AiD’s founder and executive director. “The African Diaspora send $60 billion to their families every year. If we can unleash even […]

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There is, of course, an uncomfortable neo-colonialism to this mission, one reinforced by countless pictures of the white pastor greeting a room full of black Africans. Yet according to some observers, the obvious racial overtones may not matter. “Black Africans follow people like Rick Warren because of a culture of dependence created by generations of […]

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Scott Gilmore’s piece on the ebola crisis: But, as grim as the death count sounds, it fades when compared to the 564,000 Africans who died from malaria last year. And this carnage is mostly confined to only five countries of West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. It remains relatively difficult to transmit, […]

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Moving sunsets

September 13, 2014 · 0 comments

Over the last few months I’ve noticed the sunset moving across Toronto’s skyline. I know that the Northern hemisphere tilts away from the sun while heading into the winter months, but it is another thing watching this little ball of water we call a planet we live on wobble on it’s axis in real time. […]

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I had the pleasure of chairing the 2013 Echenberg Fellows program. If you are reading this and you would like a chance to engage with a group of your peers doing amazing things around the world, make sure to apply for this. The next generation of human rights professionals will be required to respond to […]

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Guy Samuel interviewed yours truly about our little remittances startup a few months back for his Masters thesis in International Relations at Institut Barcelona. Remit.ug is exemplary of the benefit that can be created when mobile telephony meets entrepreneurial spirit. Although the service is young, it shows high potential. Ruge and his associates have leveraged […]

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Edward E. Baptist responds to the Economist’s deplorable review of his new book about slavery: If you write about the history of slavery, you become used to the pattern: No matter how many accounts you cite from ex-slaves, people often say they need more information before they can accept what former cotton pickers say about […]

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Most satellite internet and data services are from satellites in geosynchronous orbit – a little over 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface. That distance increases the time it takes for data signals to travel. O3b’s satellites, on the other hand, are only about 5000 miles above the Earth’s surface. That decreases the latency to a […]

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Great takedown of the Newsweek ebola cover By Laura Seay and Kim Yi Dionne in the Washington Post: Newsweek’s use of a chimpanzee to represent a scientifically invalid story about an African disease is a classic case of othering. It suggests that African immigrants are to be feared, and that apes — and African immigrants who […]

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Can we have a conversation about not allowing each other to think of ourselves as less than anyone? We are equal in every sense to any other human. We need to have pride in ourselves, in each other, and as fellow human beings. Much has been done to us, but much we have also done […]

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