Tagged west africa

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Burkina Faso: The (In)Significant Coup

West Africa often makes international headlines, rarely with positive news. Recent stories include: French intervention in Mali following a coup and a separatist conflict; the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria; oil theft and environmental degradation in the Niger Delta; piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea; civil war in Côte d’Ivoire; and…

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Ebola’s Rippling Consequences

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the latest numbers: 4,922 deaths due to Ebola as of October 23, 2014. This number reflects nearly half of the known cases – 49% to be exact – in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Mali, United States, and Spain with 99.7% of the confirmed deaths from Liberia, Guinea…

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Ebola and the Paradox of Human Rights

The current situation surrounding Ebola in the United States helps highlight a bizarre paradox of our time. We have become so obsessed with romanticized notions of “human rights” that we forget there are boundaries to when and how certain rights may apply. Kaci Hickox, an American nurse, travelled for a month to Sierra Leone to treat Ebola…

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The Criminal Side of Ebola

Ian argues that the Health Crisis is only one effect of the Ebola outbreak. Long term effects on the region’s ability to combat crime and provide safety and security for its citizens threaten to outlast the epidemic. International efforts to approach the outbreak should take an holistic approach at addressing the effect Ebola is having on…

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