Some thoughts on the US militarized response to the ebola crisis

Last week I published a follow-up to my May article on militarized humanitarianism in Africa. Since its original publication in Foreign Policy in Focus, the piece has been republished in The Nation, AllAfrica, TruthOut, AntiWar.com, Common Dreams and InterPress Service News Agency. Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heading … Continue reading Some thoughts on the US militarized response to the ebola crisis

“Developmental Army,” “Demographic Bomb:” linguistics in development literature

Spending the morning writing about intersections of development, aid, and militarism. Saw this tweet and thought it was appropriate: "The young people of Africa are our developmental army, the people who are going to transform the futures of our countries." -Hadeel Ibrahim — Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) October 14, 2013 And went quite well with … Continue reading “Developmental Army,” “Demographic Bomb:” linguistics in development literature

Why are we still talking about Bono? pt. 2

Excellent article in The Guardian yesterday: Bono can't help Africans by stealing their voice by George Monbiot It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq. At … Continue reading Why are we still talking about Bono? pt. 2

Why are we still talking about Bono?

If an article starts with Bono, I'm inclined not to listen. I'm not sure why celebrities continue to hold the spotlight in being experts on poverty or development. This morning I read an article by Bright Simmons of Ghana thinktank Imani, and Jammie Drummond of One.org entitled Africa: The Rise and the Rise of the … Continue reading Why are we still talking about Bono?