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.
Anthea Butler: The pentecostal prosperity gospel that pervades Christian Nigeria is tested by a terrorist attack on a school, and the kidnapping of its students.
Georgianne Nienaber: Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot in a roadside ambush as he was driving from Goma to Rumangabo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kathleen Wallace: The Rwandan tales will be used to justify all sorts of intervention amongst factions who happen to be taking up space on top of resources that are coveted.
David Love: As the world preoccupies itself with the lost Malaysian Airlines flight 370 and Russia’s annexation of Crimea in the Ukraine, President Obama is helping another part of the world—Africa.
African Homophobia: Denouncing homosexuality is one of the ways these African countries decry perceived neo-colonialism.
Sexual Violence in War: We believe that 95% of the victims are women—but evidence is coming out that we have men who are sexually abused.
Nigeria Anti-Gay Law: Nigerian lawmakers say their stance ois true evidence of a proud and participatory “democracy in action.”