Georgianne Nienaber: As Africa continues to throw off the shackles of European colonialism and emerges as a significant global power, it is remarkable that the African Union is coming together in defense of Rwanda.
Georgianne Nienaber: International media did not broadcast this important and moving ceremony, but camp residents and leaders used the power of still photography and social media to communicate thousands of words that demanded to be heard.
Georgianne Nienaber: As CLA narratives unfolded within one week of President Obama’s cheery phone call to Joseph Kabila, it is worth noting that this was not the first time that Obama treated the world’s worst dictator to kid glove handling.
Georgianne Nienaber: Even those of us who are not genocide survivors walk away from the memorials with images seared into our minds that can never be erased. And they should remain; prompting us to bear witness.
Janet Phelan: Basson was known to be working on developing a blacks-only bioweapon, work which may have come to fruition.
By embarking on a journey of self-discovery and survival, Chapman explores what Africa really has to offer, and in the process, discovers surprising and unexpected relationships between people and places.
Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn: Surrounded by faces like mine, I connected not with my long-ago ancestors, but with my American home.
Rev. Peter Laarman: Our shared history with Liberia ought to make it possible for us to be more strategically helpful in the Ebola crisis rather than pretend that Liberia is a place we know nothing about.
Tara Culp-Ressler: There hasn’t been a new Ebola case since the end of August, which, according to the CDC, suggests “the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria might be contained.”
Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus and Mark Tomlinson: Each year, 40,000 American children are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The costs of caring for them are staggering.
Tara Culp-Ressler: The World Health Organization estimates that it needs about $600 million in additional donations to fight the deadly virus in West Africa — an international response that’s four times what it currently is.
Tina Dupuy: Historically this is what the U.S. has given to the world: our odd balance of piety and profit; religion turning a blind eye to lucrative vice and enterprise tipping a hat to spiritual mores (when it’s good for business).
Jasmyne Cannick: Los Angeles to hold Bring Back Our Girls Rally on Monday, May 5, 6 p.m., at the intersection of Crenshaw and King Boulevards. Organizers ask that you wear the color red, and wear your gele if you have one.