Tag: Africa
Africans on the Move: Impressions versus Facts
The real story of African migration has little to do with the headlines and everything to do with domestic dynamics that the outside world barely understands.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Boon for Growth or Threat to Civil Liberties?
Political freedom or economic well-being? That may be the choice facing citizens in countries joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
What Melania Trump Should Not Do on Her Trip to Africa
On her first international trip without her husband, the First Lady should focus on the African woman.
Pope Francis’s Failure to See Entrepreneurs as Good Samaritans Undercuts the Poor
On April 25, a videotaped talk by Pope Francis was released at the international TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. The 18-minute talk, titled “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone,” can be viewed here. Francis highlighted three themes, beginning with the observation that community is central to human existence: [L]ife flows through our...
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This Doc Fix Is an Outrage
Yesterday’s Health Alert warned against the so-called Medicare doc fix that is being jammed through the Congress this week. More voices are rising up against this flawed legislation. The Health Alert was written and published before the Congressional Budget Office published its estimate of the bill’s effect on the deficit. Here it is: Over...
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No U.S. Weapons for Countries with Child Soldiers (Oh, You Have a Waiver?)
As the world observes conflicts in Iraq, Syria, the Ukraine, and elsewhere, the impact on human life is undeniably tragic. Nowhere is this tragedy more pronounced than in the impact of these conflicts have on children. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel, more than 10,000 children have died in...
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Evading Ebola? Don’t Seal the Border
In its latest report, the United Nations health agency stated some 4,033 people have died of confirmed, suspected, or probable cases of Ebola. So far, 8,399 cases of Ebola have been reported. Most of these cases have occurred in West Africa. The outbreak began in December 2013 in Guinea and has since spread to...
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Remembering Nelson Mandela
At our Gala for Liberty honoring him, Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered his memories of working with Nelson Mandela in transitioning South Africa from the violent, divided rule of apartheid, by way of the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission that could grant amnesty to perpetrators (subject to forgiveness by the victims or their families)—a stirring...
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Bono: “Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid”
Our Senior Fellow George Ayittey met the Irish rock star Bono in July 2007 during a TED conference. Professor Ayittey was speaking and in knowing that Bono would be in the audience, he explains that “I made a special effort to rip into the foreign aid establishment.... Later, Bono said he liked my speech...
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A New Case for Freedom of Immigration: Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s Global Crossings
Immigration has long been a hot-button topic—and not only in the United States. “[I]n a number of opinion surveys, fewer than one in ten people in many countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development favor increased migration,” the noted development economist Lant Pritchett wrote in 2006. One reason may be a...
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