Investing in Africa: The New Land of Opportunity

Did you know that, as recently as 2019, the top five fastest growing economies in the world were in Africa?  It may be surprising, but it’s true that the overall African economy is growing at a rate of 2x faster…

Kristen Bell, Hubby Dax Shepard Lip-Synch Toto’s Song “Africa” While in Africa

Kristen Bell and hubby Dax Shepard have put a capital “C” on the word cliche. The couple traveled to Africa prior to becoming parents, and while there filmed themselves lip-synching to Toto’s 1982 hit song, “Africa.” “This was our last…

Sierra Leone: The Battle Against Ebola Rages On

More than half of Sierra Leone’s population is under quarantine as the Ebola outbreak continues to cause deaths in the country. The outbreak has claimed more than 1,400 deaths so far, forcing the health ministry to mandate a strict lockdown…

Google Asks for Ebola Donations, Will Match 2:1

If you opened up Google.com today, you may have noticed that Google is now prompting users to donate to the fight against Ebola. And for every dollar you donate through Google, the company plans to donate two until a goal…

Google Wants To Watch You While You Work

Google revealed that it wants to start going to people’s places of business, and watch them work. It says it wants to learn about how it can help you manage your sites easier. Google’s Gary Illyes talked about it in…

Ebola Travel Ban May Do More Harm Than Good

Some US lawmakers are calling for a travel ban on people from West African countries most affected by the Ebola virus in the attempt to safeguard Americans from the disease. However, experts are advising against the Ebola travel ban, saying…

Chocolate Prices May Soar Due To Ebola Outbreak

The price of chocolate is predicted to rise with the onset of the year’s biggest candy-consuming holidays: Halloween and Christmas. Because most of the world’s cocoa is produced in West African countries, chocolate production is being affected by the outbreak…

Ebola And Chocolate: Why Do Americans Care More About Sweets Than People?

On the surface Ebola and chocolate have nothing in common. One causes fear and death while the other brings both happiness and pleasure. However, the two are linked in ways the average American didn’t realize until now. Did you know…

Second Ebola Infected Patient Arrives in Atlanta

A North Carolina missionary who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia was transported to the United States Tuesday to begin treatment, just days after Dr. Kent Brantly was moved in a similar manner. Nancy Writebol, who is affiliated with the…

FIFA World Cup: Is Nigeria The Last Hope For Africa?

The African continent has yet to produce a World Cup-winning team. Many nations have tried, but all have failed. Even worse, most that qualify for the event are eliminated within the groups stage of competition. It was a sad fact…

Diamond Embargo On Ivory Coast Lifted By UN Security Council

The UN Security Council lifted the diamond trade ban against the Ivory Coast on Tuesday and reduced its arms embargo. In 2005, the diamond embargo was declared because the stones were being used for funding the rebel group “Forces Nouvelles”. The…

Ebola Outbreak Confirmed to Have Spread to Liberia

The World Health Organization (WHO) this week confirmed that an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhaggic fever in Western Africa has entered Liberia. According to the Liberian Ministry of Health, two cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the country.…

Ebola Outbreak In Guinea, At Least 59 Dead

An outbreak of the ebola virus has spread to Guinea. According to UNICEF, at least 59 people in Guinea have died from the virus. Reports indicate that this is the first outbreak detected in humans in the South African nation.…

Elephants are Acute Listeners of Human Voices

The 1967 Disney classic, The Jungle Book, provided the American populace (and unfortunately the Republican party) with one of our most favorite adages: “An elephant never forgets.” Despite championing this particular phrase multiple times throughout the movie, the writers also…

Nigeria Gay Arrests, Torture and Prison?

On Monday, Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act that criminalizes gay marriage, gay organizations and anyone working with or promoting them. This has lead to a mass arrest of dozens of men who are gay…

Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Bill Becomes Law Thanks To President Goodluck Jonathan

On Monday it was announced that Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan signed into law a bill that criminalizes “amorous relationships” between same-sex couples, setting the stage for civil rights movement protests. “Persons who enter into a same-sex marriage contract or civil…

10 Countries With The Shortest Life Span

When observing the lifespans of groups of people by country, the statistics can get quite cumbersome. But this study mostly observed socioeconomic factors and diet, the other big factor in lifespan, be it long or short, appears to be the…

Boko Haram: Priest Kidnapped in Cameroon Set Free

On Tuesday December 31, the Islamic militia of Boko Haram set free French priest Georges Vandenbeusch following a seven-week captivity. He arrived in France Wednesday, greeted by President Francois Hollande at an air base near Paris. Members of the radical…

White Army Forces in S. Sudan Stand Down, Mostly

Following more than two weeks of violent conflict that has killed almost 1,000 players and displaced thousands more, the 25,000 man-strong White Army militia has mostly disbanded and returned home, according to a government spokesman for South Sudan. Michael Makuei…

South Sudan Coup Attempt Has Been Halted

In 2011, South Sudan became the newest nation on planet Earth, splitting from Sudan after years of brutal civil wars. Since it gained its independence, South Sudan has struggled to implement a strong and effective government, mainly due to the…