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The PBS News Hour— Decem­ber 2020

With few resources, Sene­gal emerges as a leader in the fight against COVID-19

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/with-few-resources-senegal-emerges-as-a-leader-in-the-fight-against-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0ReBV062jG-VB3UIxyXpGQpMsqMHfuDApxCgVvlLGpx6D-Kcwd-kQVZOo

Cen­ter for Strate­gic and Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies (CSIS) — Decem­ber 2020

Why Africa Mat­ters to US Cities (Africa and US Cities)

https://www.csis.org/programs/africa-program/africa-and-us-cities

The Finan­cial Times — Decem­ber 2020

Democ­ra­cy in Africa is in retreat

https://www.ft.com/content/ce3626cb-a8e7-4663-a93b-478be992fe78

The Hill — Decem­ber 2020

Africa must be seen with lens­es oth­er than our nation­al security

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/530112-africa-must-be-seen-with-lenses-other-than-our-national-security?fbclid=IwAR2t0ukdsLBGE_BDDePGmri1fJuGa38RoSq07NckAgJapp0WxLEFpmmYB3M

Bloomberg – Decem­ber 2020

Why Africa Bor­rowed Bil­lions of Dol­lars From China

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020–12-10/why-africa-borrowed-billions-of-dollars-from-china

The Guardian — Novem­ber 2020

Oba­ma didn’t deliv­er for Africa. Can Biden show black lives mat­ter everywhere?

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/nov/30/obama-didnt-deliver-for-africa-can-biden-show-black-lives-matter-everywhere?fbclid=IwAR3x8-yWlAXr2JimJGGkTZSoY_FIl1QSnh5bYeoljhBZOc3zDIpwwdv7wxY

The Africa Report — Decem­ber 2020

Egypt leads Radisson’s expan­sion into ser­viced apartments

https://www.theafricareport.com/55894/egypt-leads-radissons-expansion-into-serviced-apartments/

Dai­ly Observ­er — Decem­ber 2020

Liber­ian Dads for Gen­der Equal­i­ty Offi­cial­ly Launched

https://www.liberianobserver.com/news/liberian-dads-for-gender-equality-officially-launched/

NBC News — Decem­ber 2020

The war on cocoa: Her­shey Co. accused of not uphold­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty efforts in West Africa

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/war-cocoa-hershey-co-accused-not-upholding-sustainability-efforts-west-n1250798

Voice of Amer­i­ca — Decem­ber 2020

Amid Dual Pan­demics, HIV Inno­va­tion Con­tin­ues in Africa

https://www.voanews.com/africa/amid-dual-pandemics-hiv-innovation-continues-africa

Glob­al Cit­i­zen — Decem­ber 2020

From #End­SARS to #AmINext: How Young Africans Used Social Media to Dri­ve Change in 2020

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/endsars-aminext-young-african-social-movement-2020/

Voice of Amer­i­ca — Decem­ber 2020

Africa Spared Worst of Pan­dem­ic by ‘Coor­di­nat­ed, Col­lab­o­ra­tive’ Approach

https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/africa-spared-worst-pandemic-coordinated-collaborative-approach?fbclid=IwAR2M_BajQ72sbJeGvqRVCGJsx1vEygK8yXBABHVbIoEDWVB48DQvBAJibmY

Al Jazeera — Novem­ber 2020

Dif­fer­ent agen­das, one goal: How Nige­ri­ans unit­ed to #End­SARS

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2020/11/18/different-agendas-one-goal-how-activists-united-to?fbclid=IwAR2xJ0bGqzCp5uoXN6_gbUftey6V7gpBdQ0A2t_1K7gBIhBVrNQACGoMaVo

African Busi­ness mag­a­zine — Novem­ber 2020

African gov­ern­ments fare less well in 2020 Ibrahim Index

https://african.business/2020/11/technology-information/african-governance-going-backwards-for-first-time-in-a-decade-mo-ibrahim/

The Guardian — Novem­ber 2020

Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/22/esther-mahlangu-urges-africans-to-hold-on-to-their-traditions

For­eign Affairs — Octo­ber 2020

If Amer­i­ca Were in Africa: U.S. Diplo­mats Would Be Ring­ing the Alarm Bell

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/africa/2020–10-19/if-america-were-africa?fbclid=IwAR1aaUUp1incJfRIT3G5PqcVrX_WR6vm1BN4M2Gk8u5iLk6JXo32U2ff0A0

Wash­ing­ton Post — Octo­ber 2020

Two West African pres­i­dents are out of terms. They’re run­ning again, anyway.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/ivory-coast-guinea-elections-conde-ouattara-west-africa/2020/10/15/98f028ee-fd2a-11ea-b0e4-350e4e60cc91_story.html

The Guardian — Octo­ber 2020

I grew up not know­ing my African her­itage. But now I feel a calling

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/13/i‑grew-up-not-knowing-my-african-heritage-but-now-i-feel-a-calling?fbclid=IwAR3d8qSiVrHR5A_KxwZhLghmQe2IQogPQ6BqELKqYiRCneY_2gXPs8T39s8

For­eign Affairs — Octo­ber 2020

U.S. Africa Pol­i­cy Needs a Reset

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/africa/2020–10-12/us-africa-policy-needs-reset

BBC News — Octo­ber 2020

Cli­mate change: ‘Dan­ger­ous and dirty’ used cars sold to Africa

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54665545

NBC News — Sep­tem­ber 2020

Africa has held off the worst of the coro­n­avirus. Researchers are work­ing to fig­ure out how. 

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/africa-has-held-worst-coronavirus-researchers-are-working-figure-out-n1241026?fbclid=IwAR2M_BajQ72sbJeGvqRVCGJsx1vEygK8yXBABHVbIoEDWVB48DQvBAJibmY

Quartz Africa — Sep­tem­ber 2020

Africa’s fash­ion busi­ness is using new and tra­di­tion­al meth­ods to reform as a sus­tain­able industry

https://qz.com/africa/1909386/african-fashion-tries-its-hand-at-old-priority-sustainability/

Asso­ci­at­ed Press (AP) —Sep­tem­ber 2020

As US strug­gles, Africa’s COVID-19 response is praised

https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-ghana-africa-pandemics-donald-trump-0a31db50d816a463a6a29bf86463aaa9

Al Jazeera — Sep­tem­ber 2020

TV replaces teach­ers for African chil­dren amid coro­n­avirus curbs

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/9/15/tv-replaces-teachers-for-african-children-amid-coronavirus-curbs?fbclid=IwAR1e71WTYVsuFMIXlfPF3cjDzOuJjpWLAxF2mg4GmYuZphFHonUVFdDr7C4

The Boston Globe — Sep­tem­ber 2020

Obama’s ‘biggest mis­take’ is still wreak­ing hav­oc: The bomb­ing of Libya scat­tered weapons across Africa and wors­ened insta­bil­i­ty in the region.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/09/03/opinion/obamas-biggest-mistake-is-still-wreaking-havoc/?fbclid=IwAR2Mvl0fvpCe6YMVt5cJIg4MIVGmldpGbjOphOuwLUoVutLJy6n4Cm0-uzo

WAMU.org — Sep­tem­ber 2020

Africans Mourn Chad­wick Bose­man: ‘A Great Tree Has Fallen’

https://wamu.org/story/20/09/01/africans-mourn-chadwick-boseman-a-great-tree-has-fallen/?fbclid=IwAR1XfmJkCh9EWu9nj1SZY4j8KBOupP-7ZRWt0c1U11indzMs_8ueI4FUIJc

 Asso­ci­at­ed Press — Sep­tem­ber 2020

South Africa lifts spir­its with Jerusale­ma dance amid virus

https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-jerusalem-entertainment-angola-cyril-ramaphosa-8211e3d949fa652cfee969ce5a082e02

 CNN — Sep­tem­ber 2020

A 26-year-old is first woman to win Roy­al Acad­e­my of Engineering’s Africa Prize for innovation

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/07/africa/africa-engineering-prize-intl/index.html

Wash­ing­ton Post — May 2020

East Africa has weath­ered pan­demics — and has a few things to teach the U.S.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/05/01/africa-united-states-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR0cy1iS8BG7yoqY8yG8v9iigDijA65KGS0Zk1zEmjXGbUqUOjJ1ZCtQLgw

Democ­ra­cy in Africa — April 2020

The African Con­ti­nen­tal Free Trade Area: A Cat­a­lyst for Development?

http://democracyinafrica.org/african-continental-free-trade-area-catalyst-development/?fbclid=IwAR0JHCGWZU3dlmPwsWVJrUwi20wuTa-oUsW_nlQ4LtgdchlS3a7csKo_iR0

Inter­na­tion­al Press Insti­tute — April 2020

Grow­ing press free­dom vio­la­tions in Africa amid COVID-19

https://ipi.media/africa-faces-media-freedom-crackdowns-and-existential-threats-to-its-media/?fbclid=IwAR1XfmJkCh9EWu9nj1SZY4j8KBOupP-7ZRWt0c1U11indzMs_8ueI4FUIJc

The Hill — March 2020

Africa knows how to fight virus­es — they sim­ply need the resources, fast

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/490054-africa-knows-how-to-fight-viruses-they-simply-need-the-resources-fast?fbclid=IwAR1Du3kwMEhFmWun-PbdhpauAuYbPjQKwEBJcO9OrvHliuKf4qmvQ6CnY1E

The Inter­cept —March 2020

AFRICAN NATIONS TURN THE TABLES, IMPOSING TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AGAINST U.S., EUROPE, AND CHINA TO STAVE OFF CORONAVIRUS

https://theintercept.com/2020/03/15/african-nations-turn-the-tables-imposing-travel-restrictions-against-u-s-europe-and-china-to-stave-off-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3x8-yWlAXr2JimJGGkTZSoY_FIl1QSnh5bYeoljhBZOc3zDIpwwdv7wxY

okayafrica —March 2020

Op-Ed: Africa is Not the Cen­ter of The Coro­n­avirus Epi­dem­ic and the West is Pissed

https://www.okayafrica.com/west-fuels-stereotypes-of-coronavirus-covid19-outbreak-in-africa/

BBC News — Feb­ru­ary 2020

Chil­dren among 22 killed in attack on Cameroon village

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51526358

CS Mon­i­tor — Feb­ru­ary 2020

Africa’s qui­et moves to ‘silence the guns’

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2020/0221/Africa-s-quiet-moves-to-silence-the-guns

CNN — Jan­u­ary 2020

How Ghana’s his­toric home­com­ing is chang­ing Africa

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/ghana-historic-homecoming-intl/index.html?utm_source=fbCNNi&utm_campaign=africa&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0fSFcxzWlBxqYXJhRuQxmsJCCY2gJNNxy-kT0pWfO8JPFlOn1vHdKYjG8

Reuters — Jan­u­ary 2020

FEA­TURE-Women step for­ward in push to nur­ture African cli­mate scientists

https://uk.reuters.com/article/climate-change-africa-women-idAFL8N2960QJ

For­eign Affairs — Decem­ber 2019

Africa’s Slums Aren’t Har­bin­gers of Anarchy—They’re Engines of Democracy

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/africa/2019–12-16/africas-slums-arent-harbingers-anarchy-theyre-engines-democracy