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Caught Between Borders: Closed borders and closed minds are trapping African LGBTI asylum seekers in hostile countries
Ultimately, Nathan believes that the current asylum system is broken for LGBTI asylum seekers and cannot offer them adequate protection. It is “virtually impossible to guarantee safety to someone who is LGBTI and on African soil,” she said. “To be safe, they need to be resettled in a third country — a country that is known to be friendly to LGBTI people,” like the United States, Canada, or one in Europe.

For many, however, that safety is out of reach. Resettlement through UNHCR is a long and arduous process: According to the agency, only 4 percent of refugees in Africa considered to be in need will be resettled in third countries this year, after waiting between one to five years. Because of the persecution LGBTI asylum seekers face in refugee camps, UNHCR tries to prioritize their resettlement — even so, it can take years before the process is complete.
by:MaliaPolitzer  by:AnnieHylton  from:Longreads  homophobia  transgender  transphobia  abuse  torture  HateSpeech  geo:Africa  LGBTQ  asylum  immigration 
9 weeks ago by owenblacker
Redrawing the Map: How the World’s Climate Zones Are Shifting
They found that since satellite records started in the late 1970s, the edges of the tropics have been moving at about 0.2–0.3 degrees of latitude per decade (in both the north and the south) .The change is already dramatic in some areas, Lu says — the average over 30 years is about a degree of latitude, or approximately 70 miles, but in some spots the dry expansion is larger. The result is that the boundary between where it’s getting wetter and where it’s getting drier is pushing farther north, making even countries as far north as Germany and Britain drier. Meanwhile, already dry Mediterranean countries are really feeling the change: In 2016, for example, the eastern Mediterranean region had its worst drought in 900 years. The last time the tropics expanded northward (from 1568 to 1634, due to natural climate fluctuations), droughts helped to trigger the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
by:NicolaJones  from:YaleE360  ClimateChange  geo:Tropics  geo:NearEast  geo:UnitedStates  geo:Africa  geo:Sahara 
november 2018 by owenblacker
Wakanda Curriculum: Black Panther film movie companion for middle grades
Grades: 5th-8th (works for high school too)

This curriculum is designed for students who are seeing Black Panther, as a means to having them engage more critically and thoughtfully with the film. The curriculum assumes that students, like mine, have previous experience of studying the African continent, its diversity and colonialism.
by:TessRaser  from:GoogleDocs  Wakanda  colonialism  imperialism  slavery  feminism  Afrofuturism  geo:Africa  education  StudyGuide  race 
may 2018 by owenblacker
Climate change “will create world's biggest refugee crisis”
“If Europe thinks they have a problem with migration today … wait 20 years,” said retired US military corps brigadier general Stephen Cheney. “See what happens when climate change drives people out of Africa – the Sahel [sub-Saharan area] especially – and we’re talking now not just one or two million, but 10 or 20 [million]. They are not going to south Africa, they are going across the Mediterranean.” ¶¶ Sir David King, the former chief scientific adviser to the UK government, told the EJF: “What we are talking about here is an existential threat to our civilisation in the longer term. In the short term, it carries all sorts of risks as well and it requires a human response on a scale that has never been achieved before.” The report argues that climate change played a part in the build up to the Syrian war, with successive droughts causing 1.5 million people to migrate to the country’s cities between 2006 and 2011. Many of these people then had no reliable access to food, water or jobs.
by:MatthewTaylor  from:TheGuardian  ClimateChange  geo:Africa  geo:Syria  ClimateMigration 
november 2017 by owenblacker
Tanzania suspends U.S.-funded AIDS programs in a new crackdown on gays
Last month, the minister of health announced that Tanzania will ban HIV/AIDS outreach projects aimed at gay men, pending a review. That forced the closure, at least temporarily, of U.S.-funded programs that provide testing, condoms and medical care to gays. About 30 percent of gay men in Tanzania are HIV-positive; now health workers say that figure could rise.
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The ban comes after months of bitter speeches and threats from Tanzanian officials aimed at the gay community and at organizations treating its HIV/AIDS patients. This year, police raided two U.S.-funded HIV/AIDS organizations and seized confidential patient information and supplies, officials said. In September, the deputy minister of health, Hamisi Kigwangalla, accused HIV treatment organizations of “promoting homosexuality.”
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“It’s clear that the government doesn’t care whether we live or die,” said one 22-year-old gay man who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of fear of punishment.
by:KevinSieff  from:TheWashingtonPost  hiv/aids  geo:Tanzania  geo:Africa  homophobia  PEPFAR 
november 2016 by owenblacker
Development aid is best spent in poor, well-governed countries. There aren't many of those.
Official development aid, which includes grants, loans, technical advice and debt forgiveness, is worth about $130 billion a year. The channels originating in Berlin, London, Paris, Tokyo and Washington are deep and fast-flowing; others are rivulets, though the Nordic countries are generous for their size. More than two-fifths flows through multilateral outfits such as the World Bank, the UN and the Global Fund. Last year 9% was spent on refugees in donor countries, reflecting the surge of migrants to Europe.

As the aid river twists and braids, it inundates some places and not others. India contains some 275m people living on less than $1.90 a day. It got $4.8 billion in “country programmable aid” (the most routine kind) in 2014, which is $17 per poor person. Vietnam also got $4.8 billion; but, because it is much smaller and rather better off, that works out to $1,658 per poor person (see map on previous page). By this measure South-East Asia and South America fare especially well.
development  geo:GlobalSouth  geo:Africa  geo:SouthEastAsia  geo:SouthAmerica  from:TheEconomist 
june 2016 by owenblacker
Looking Past Our Racist Assumptions To See Africa
That nobody publishes stories which reveal that most of Africa isn’t at war, that many countries are working democracies, and people are developing their own sectors in every industry that you can think of, that sometimes you can even drink the water right out of the tap, has been cried far and wide. But blame for this is usually laid at the media’s feet. I’m not going to for a moment claim we are innocent, we write all those crappy articles about Africa-as-smoking-crater. But I do want to share some blame with you, dear readers. ¶ If it’s not Ebola or Boko Haram, if there’s no one getting shot or starved to death, if photogenically miserable little black children aren’t staring piercingly into your soul while obviously dying, you people never click the fucking link.
geo:Africa  by:QuinnNorton  from:TheMessage  from:Medium  via:Medium  journalism  race 
august 2015 by owenblacker
More Evidence That Circumcision Is Lowering African HIV Rates
It's interesting that, as the US (and to a lesser extent the UK) is becoming increasingly anti-circumcision, the process is causing great changes in sub-Saharan Africa. The circumstances are *very* different, of course, not least that, in Africa, circumcision is performed on adults who are voluntarily requesting it to reduce the likelihood of female-to-male HIV transmission in countries of great prevalence. ¶ Research from the mid-2000s found that circumcision lowers the risk of female-to-male HIV transmission by over half — and "for each 10% increase in circumcision coverage, there was a 12% drop in the rate of new cases of HIV among the men." Disappointingly, "there was no evidence that [circumcision] had led to a drop in HIV incidence among women."
circumcision  HIV/AIDS  from:Poz.com  geo:Africa  from:CROI 
march 2015 by owenblacker
China ramps up efforts to combat Ebola | Science/AAAS | News
In the unfolding Ebola crisis, much attention has focused on the relief efforts of Western countries and the non-profit Doctors Without Borders. Out of the limelight, China is mounting one of its largest aid operations ever, driven in part by increasing political and business interests in Africa. Already about 200 medical workers and advisers from China are now stationed in the three West African countries fighting Ebola outbreaks: Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. George Gao, deputy director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), runs a mobile testing lab in the capital of Sierra Leone. Reached by phone there in Freetown, Gao says his team performs 40 to 60 blood tests a day. In addition to diagnosing the disease in patients, it’s crucial to test corpses; if a patient has died from Ebola, it’s imperative to refrain from traditional burial practices in West Africa such as washing or touching the deceased or giving a “final kiss,” Gao says.
Ebola  geo:Africa  China  geo:China  MédécinsSansFrontières  geo:SierraLeone  geo:Liberia  geo:Guinea  from:Science  by:AAAS  by:ChristinaLarson  GeorgeGao  高福 
november 2014 by owenblacker
Deadly Diseases, Violent Conflicts and White Saviors: Hollywood’s Skewed Portrayal of Africa
African casualties as an afterthought is a recurrent theme in many Hollywood films. Internet Movie Database suggests that they are roughly 1,367 films that mention the African continent. In four of the more popular ones, an African country strained by violence is the setting for a westerner to seek redemption: “Blood Diamond,” “Tears of the Sun,” “Lord of War” and “The Last King of Scotland.” In three other top-drawing films, Africans are unsuspecting subjects of medical experiments or various health hazards: “The Constant Gardener,” ”Outbreak” and “Sahara.” And let’s not forget to mention the factual inaccuracies found in films like ”I Dream of Africa,” ”Dark of the Sun” or the “Madagascar” trilogy.
Hollywood  bias  film  from:GlobalVoices  geo:Africa  geo:UnitedStates  from delicious
august 2014 by owenblacker
Cut to Fit - circumcision as HIV prevention in Africa
Some of the research had conflicting results, but meta-analyses supported the hypothesis that removing the male foreskin protected against HIV transmission. Eventually, there was enough data to justify three randomized controlled trials—considered the gold standard of scientific research—of more than 10,000 HIV-negative uncircumcised men in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.

In each of the three trials, half the men were randomly selected for circumcision while the others served as a control. Each trial was halted early on ethical grounds because it was so clear that circumcised men were acquiring HIV at significantly reduced rates when compared with the control group.

The results of the studies, one of which was published in 2005 and the other two in 2007, fell neatly in line with one another. Circumcision, the researchers concluded, reduces heterosexual men’s risk of HIV by about 60 percent.
HIV/AIDS  circumcision  geo:Africa  interesting  from delicious
october 2013 by owenblacker
Nairobi Westgate Mall Terror Attack, And The Folly Of ‘Otherness’ – What Al-Shabaab Revealed About Us
In common all these were narratives about them versus us, our “otherness” – our different cultures, possessions, religions, citizenships, languages, food, æsthetics and the colour of our skins.

Debased “otherness” enables us to ignore the pain of others and sleep soundly at night; to discriminate against people who are different without having to trouble our consciences; to persecute those who are not our relatives, fellow citizens, not of our religion, or social station without being afflicted by a sense of injustice. This type of “otherness” is anaesthesia against having to be humane.
geo:Africa  geo:Kenya  geo:Nairobi  media  other  society  terrorism  from delicious
september 2013 by owenblacker
Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital | Reuters
Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.
funny  wtf  geo:DRCongo  penis  geo:Africa  MoralPanic  Reuters 
april 2008 by owenblacker
The Design Conference That Is Helping House The Poor
Easy-to-build, low skill, low-impact, high(ish) density, bulletproof, waterproof, soundproof, windproof, warm-in-winter, cool-in-summer housing for the poor. Timber-and-metal frames, with added sandbags. Very simple, very effective.
activism  geo:Africa  geo:SouthAfrica  design  architecture  InterfaceDesign  cool  housing 
april 2008 by owenblacker
Africa's New Ocean: A Continent Splits Apart - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News
Normally new rivers, seas and mountains are born in slow motion. The Afar Triangle near the Horn of Africa is another story. A new ocean is forming there with staggering speed -- at least by geological standards. Africa will eventually lose its horn.
geo:Africa  geology  oceanography  earthquake  geo:RedSea  InterfaceDesign  geo:AfarDepression 
december 2007 by owenblacker
Shock at archbishop condom claim
"The head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique has told the BBC he believes some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately." Fucking idiot. The Pope *really* needs to sort out this lethal, irresponsible, unChristian policy urgently.
geo:africa  geo:Europe  health  hiv/aids  catholicism  geo:Mozambique  stupid  politics 
september 2007 by owenblacker
Tensions rise over Ivory Coast ID
A controversial programme has begun to give Ivory Coast identification papers to the hundreds of thousands of Ivorians who do not have them. The public identity hearings are a key step towards free and fair elections, but have been violently blocked.
no2id  geo:Côted'Ivoire  geo:Africa  CivilWar  IdentityCards 
september 2007 by owenblacker
Comment is free: Admirable Nelson?
Some interesting thoughts on how awesome Mandela hasn't been, apparently. Fair points, though I'm still inclined to side with his apotheosis. (Such a great word!)
geo:Africa  history  politics  geo:SouthAfrica  terrorism  apartheid  commemoration  from:CommentIsFree 
august 2007 by owenblacker
Comment is free: Mbeki's mental block
David Beresford: "A withdrawal of South Africa's support for Robert Mugabe would be decisive. But Thabo Mbeki seems unlikely to bring himself to do it." If only he would. It's such a shame that Mbeki is *so* much less impressive than his predecessor in qu
geo:SouthAfrica  geo:Zimbabwe  politics  geo:Africa 
march 2007 by owenblacker
Mugabe tells critics to 'go hang'
Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe has said Western critics of his rule can "go hang", in response to accusations of mistreatment of opposition leaders. Somebody needs to depose that guy, by force and involving his death if necessary. The suffering of his na
geo:Zimbabwe  geo:Africa  despot  terrorism  war 
march 2007 by owenblacker
Africa and Europe set for tunnel link
Plans to link Europe to Africa via a tunnel are gathering pace. The Moroccan government has been holding talks with its Spanish counterparts to start the project, which would consist of a railway beneath the Strait of Gibraltar carrying freight, passenger
geo:Africa  geo:Europe  transport  geo:Spain  geo:Morocco  cool 
march 2007 by owenblacker
Tsvangirai held in intensive care
"Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is being treated in an intensive care unit as doctors examine wounds he received in police custody. He has been scanned amid fears he may have a fractured skull, and received two pints of blood overnight, hi
CivilLiberties  geo:Zimbabwe  geo:Africa  despot  geography  tyranny 
march 2007 by owenblacker
Football against a dictatorship
Yao Graham: "By demanding their bonus before kicking off the World Cup, the Togo team may score a rare victory over a regime used to having its way."
from:firefox-home  pêl-droed  geo:Africa  politics 
june 2006 by owenblacker

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