The Heart of a Cheetah: How We Have Been Lied to About African Poverty — and What that Means for Human Flourishing

In contrast to those who believe that experts can engineer progress for Africa, Magatte Wade argues that what is needed is deregulation, entrepreneurship, and investment.

Africa Needs Carbon Fuels

Africa Needs Carbon Fuels

It’s time to end environmental colonialism. Let Africa develop – quickly – and they, like people elsewhere, will choose more environmental protection as they grow wealthier.

Race Talk for “African-Americans”

What to call black people has to be confusing to white people. Having been around for 73 years, I have been through a number of names. Among the polite ones are: colored, Negro, Afro-American, black, and now African-American. Among those names, African-American is...

Africa: A Tragic Continent

President Bush's trip to Africa and promise of increased foreign aid will do little or nothing to solve the ongoing tragedy in most places on the south-of-Sahara African continent. Kenya is on the brink of a civil war. Over 1,000 people have been killed and another...

Freedom, Not Foreign Aid, For Africa

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is pressuring the rich nations of the world to give more foreign aid to Africa -- to the tune of $25 billion a year by 2010. The U.S. already gave $3.2 billion last year. In the wake of this pressure, we might ask ourselves whether...

Africa: A Tragic Continent

Anyone who believes President Bush's Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it's overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people. Let's look...

Capitalism Is the Cure for Africa’s Problems

A specter is haunting Africa-the specter of starvation. At least 2.5 million Zambians currently face famine, as do millions more across southern Africa-in Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The United Nations estimates that more than 14 million Africans face possible...

When will Africa Discover Capitalism?

Wade and other African leaders who are trying to create conditions favorable for investment do need Western assistance, but they don’t need handouts. They need trade-friendly policies, not the usual song and dance on foreign aid. It’s the only way to steer them off “the wrong road” — and put them on the path to prosperity.

Yet More Tears for Africa

In a report in the Washington Times, the Bush administration said in August that it no longer considers President Robert Mugabe to be the legitimate leader of Zimbabwe and called upon "the body politic" of his country "to go forward and correct that situation."...

Naming Names in “Africa-America”

Naming Names in “Africa-America”

Did anyone ever call Franklin D. Roosevelt a "Dutch American" or Dwight Eisenhower a "German American"? It would have been resented, not only by them and their supporters, but by Americans in general. These men were Americans -- not hyphenated Americans or half...

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