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President Obama Wins the Nobel Prize! Coverage

In Foreign Affairs, government, U.S. on October 9, 2009 at 7:32 am

 

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize-  [Huffington Post]
Praise and Skepticism Greet Obama Nobel award- [Reuters]
Analysis: Obama’s Nobel honors promise, not action- [Associated Press
Syria Reacts Warmly to Obama Peace Prize- [Wall Street Journal]
The First Draft: What was the Nobel committee thinking?- [Reuters Blogs

 

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New Orleans Notes: Recommendations for President Obama

In U.S. on October 5, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Barack Obama elected 44th president of the United States

Will he tour the disappearing wetlands? Check out America’s most sweeping experiment in education reform? Meet with some of the 1 million volunteers who have come to the scene of the nation’s costliest disaster?

So far, the White House isn’t saying what will be on, or off, the agenda when President Barack Obama visits New Orleans in the middle of this month.

But lots of people are making suggestions, some even asking members of the Louisiana congressional delegation to do a little personal lobbying on their behalf.

Continue reading on Nola.com.

Related: President Obama to Visit New Orleans in October [Nola.com]

Africa Business News

In Business, Foreign Affairs on September 25, 2009 at 9:44 am

 

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Sub-Saharan Africa is tending

Sub-Saharan Africa is tending to fall behind other regions in terms of competitiveness. Human capital deficiencies—whether in terms of education or health—infrastructure and high crime levels tend to be deterrents as far as investors are concerned.

Sub-Saharan economies have become more competitive in the past year, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Competitiveness Report, published on September 8th. Adjusted for the fact that there is one less country ranked in the 2009/2010 report, 13 of the 26 Sub-Saharan economies rated have improved their standing, while three are unchanged from last year and ten have slipped back. The greatest improvement by far is registered by Uganda, up 20 places at 108th (out of 133 overall), while Lesotho jumps 16 places and Tanzania 13. The worst African performers over the past 12 months have been Mali, down 13 places, Ghana (-12) and Botswana (-10).

Continue reading at the Economist.

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Advice on Doing Business in Africa

Later this month, hundreds of U.S.-based small-business owners will meet potential partners and suppliers from Africa’s 53 countries at an international summit held in Washington, D.C. The 7th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit will include a business matchmaking program aimed specifically at small and mid-sized companies on both continents, says Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of the trade group The Corporate Council on Africa, which is organizing the event. With democracy and vibrant free enterprise becoming common in many African nations, Hayes says, the continent is a promising emerging market that U.S. companies ignore at their peril. He spoke to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein.

Continue reading at Business Week

 

WORLD Magazine - Today's News | Christian Views Africa Rising: Rwanda wins most improved award in world business report.

Lost in the shadows of one black head of state at the UN General Assembly was another, Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Outside UN meetings Kagame received little world attention for a feat reported at the same time world leaders convened in New York: Rwanda has done the most to make itself a business-friendly environment, vaulting from 143rd place to 67th in the World Bank’s annual “Doing Business” report.

Continue reading at WorldMag.

 

 

 

 to fall behind other regions in terms of competitiveness. Human capital deficiencies—whether in terms of education or health—infrastructure and high crime levels tend to be deterrents as far as investors are concerned.

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“The Obama Effect” on Test Scores?, An Underdog Congressional Candidate and Justice in Nigeria (?)

In Business, Global, U.S. on June 10, 2009 at 1:21 am

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Dr. Ray Friedman of Vanderbilt University claims that black students achieved higher scores on standardized tests after Obama’s achievements during the presidential election.  Dr. Joshua Aronson of NYU thinks it’s all bull.  What’s the truth?

Underdog congressional race candidate Anthony Woods is a young African-American, an Iraqi veteran, and a Harvard grad.  He’s also openly gay and opposed to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.  Can he win the California 10th district seat?

After more than 10 years of legal battles, Shell has agreed to a $15.5 million settlement to benefit the Ogani community in Nigeria.  Shell was sued by Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., the father of an environmental activist hanged in Nigeria. The company is accused of ordering the execution of  his father, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and other non-violent human rights activists in the country who protested the company’s environmental practices.

News and Culture Links

In Fashion, U.S. on June 9, 2009 at 12:23 am

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Bethann Hardison is featured in the current ( and beautiful) issue of Arise Magazine, along with Spike Lee and a feature on the new class of young, global Africans referred to as Afropolitans. I found my copy at Barnes & Noble.

 

Make Fetch Happen features some of the newest ads and editorials featuring black models including Britain’s Jordan Dunn in the new Yves Saint Laurent men’s fragrence ad above. 

 

The Boston Globe has an article on Chanequa Campbell, a black Harvard senior who is being barred from graduation due to the school linking her to the recent murder of a young man on the campus.  NewsOne questions why the Black Harvard community is staying silent on the issue.

 

The Root takes on the black civil rights community’s silence on the abortion debate and Dr. Tiller’s murder.