Tag: Sub-Saharan Africa

State-backed violence towards protesters after referendum in Guinea|Thomas Doyle

In the past ten years, Guinea looked like it was making progress toward creating a more just society. The first democratically elected leader, Alpha Conde, who came to power in 2010, shared some similarities with the South African leader Nelson Mandela. They were both stars in their respective opposition parties, imprisoned by the state, and eventually became democratically elected leaders… Read more →

Land Seizure in South Africa, Ebenezer Sampong

As we briefly discussed in our discussion section, a controversy over inequality and land in South Africa has emerged recently. While land seizure without compensation would commonly, perhaps even uncontroversily be seen as unequal and undemocratic, the specific dynamics and history of apartheid make such a narrative less convincing. Mike Cohen with the Washington Post reports that “the problem dates back… Read more →

Colonial Abuse Goes Corporate: Democratic Republic of Congo|Thomas Doyle

Colonialism, the abuse that is inherent to colonial rule, and the systematic injustice that was status quo for hundreds of years is finally over. At least, that is the perception that many of us in the west have, when we think of what was happening in African colonies only a short time ago. While foreigners are no longer coming to… Read more →

Ebenezer Sampong — ‘Africa’s Richest Woman’ No More?

According to the CIA World Factbook, as of 2008, an estimated 36.6% of the Angolan population lives below the poverty line. Despite this fact, Angola also features ‘Africa’s Richest Woman’ or Isabel dos Santos, with an estimated net worth of 2 billion dollars (Forbes). How can these two facts be reconciled? While this news would usually seem like something worth… Read more →

Burundian Refugee Crisis in Tanzania- Thomas Doyle

Human Rights & Refugee Crisis It’s difficult to imagine what 163,000 people looks like, but that is the current estimate for the number of Burundians currently seeking refuge throughout neighboring Tanzania. To help put things in perspective, that is nearly 3 times the population of Charlottesville, or ten times the number of undergraduate students enrolled at The University of Virginia.… Read more →