Clinton Into Africa

Secretary of State Clinton’s visit to the continent is welcome, but more needs to be done. Africa is a continent whose news coverage in the United States has been primarily dedicated to its characteristic proliferation of diseases, civil wars, and poverty. It was about time for it to be cast in a more positive light,  as something more than a crises hotbed. By sending Hillary Clinton on an 11-day tour of seven African nations last month, the U.S. government at last conversed with Africa in a dialogue that does not consist of oh-pity-them. The symbolic value of Clinton’s visit is …






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A Muzungu Among Ugandans

My summer eating, traveling, and finding true love in the Pearl of Africa. How do I even begin to describe life in Uganda? I guess I could try describing it the way books do: Uganda is incredibly diverse in terms of people and of geography. Uganda is home to sixty-five indigenous communities and boasts a landscape as varied as the stereotypical African savannah; rife with lions and other wildlife, with rainforests and swamps. And then there’s the pessimistic perspective: Uganda’s equally known for its diversity of problems, from poverty to AIDS to corruption. But after spending nine weeks in Masaka, …






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