No One Seems Concerned

I was recently telling a friend about our brave, tiny outdoor cats who run up trees and sneak out the bamboo fence, and how no one seemed concerned about their wanderings. My friend remarked that "no one seems concerned" would be a good title for a blog about cross cultural communication (her field). Or anthropology, I … Continue reading No One Seems Concerned

Nkrumah and AFRICOM: The Danger of Misrepresentation

The following is in response to an article entitled Accept AFRICOM Now! which ran in a few Ghanaian media sources first in September, and then this past weekend. I sent my response to the sites that carried the original article, and it is now published in SpyGhana and ModernGhana. This past month both SpyGhana and … Continue reading Nkrumah and AFRICOM: The Danger of Misrepresentation

Spending the evening learning about the CPP

I'm a big fan of Kwame Nkrumah, but admittedly, I know very little about the Convention People's Party (CPP), the party started by Nkrumah during the struggle for Ghanaian independence and sovereignty. Nkrumah and the CPP ruled Ghana from 1957-1966, and n 1964, a (highly contested) constitutional referendum made Nkrumah leader for life, and CPP … Continue reading Spending the evening learning about the CPP

Ghana’s Growing Economy Fails to Create Jobs

By Billie McTernan (Reposted from IPS) ACCRA, Sep 19 2013 (IPS) - Ghana’s economy registered 7.1 percent growth last year but 23-year-old Jennifer Esi Avemee has had difficulty securing a permanent job since graduating in 2011. “It’s very stressful,” she laments. “It’s very hard to sustain yourself.” Avemee studied public relations at the Ghanaian Institute of … Continue reading Ghana’s Growing Economy Fails to Create Jobs

Sunday Tweet Roundup: Mahama ordained by god, CNN thinks Africa is a country

Because sometimes retweeting on Twitter is just not enough. President #Mahama has declared that it is God who ordained him as the President of Ghana. http://t.co/wekIZNugHZ pic.twitter.com/5ksujn19aV — Presidency of Ghana (@PresidencyGhana) June 23, 2013 CNN finds it remarkable that Obama and Bush will both be "in Africa" and they will not "meet up" http://t.co/VFbJirTpi2Continue reading Sunday Tweet Roundup: Mahama ordained by god, CNN thinks Africa is a country

Friday Roundup: AFRICOM, France, and Load-shedding

Stories of interest from today: Niger: New Drone Base Highlights a Shift in US-West African Relations (ISN) Libya becomes 'the new Mali' as Islamists shift in Sahara (Reuters) If Mali is the "new" Afghanistan then does that make Libya the new Afghanistan? @1d4tw Classic narrative. Come in, destroy, get what you want, leave, shrug at … Continue reading Friday Roundup: AFRICOM, France, and Load-shedding

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?