Leif Brottom

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Leif Brottom

Leif Brottem is a PhD candidate studying at the Geography Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on natural resource use and conservation in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Roma Slavery: The Case for Reparations

Reparations for historical injustices are an increasingly urgent topic of public discussion. It's time to include Roma in the conversation.

Celebrating Romani Resistance Day

A growing movement among Roma activists looks to celebrate their ancestors' resistance to persecution — and to pick up where they left off.

Tunisia’s Unfinished Revolution

Religious tensions, remnants of the police state, and a broken-down neoliberal economic model imperil Tunisia’s otherwise impressive democratic transition.

What’s in Store for 2013

Ignatio Ramonet makes predictions of the major upcoming elections, risks, and dangers of 2013 in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.


A Malian timber scandal points to a positive side of China's controversial growing presence in Africa.

The World Bank’s Great Gamble in Central Africa

Through a carefully orchestrated plan to impose transparency and good governance on the elected Chadian officials, the World Bank aims to ensure that the money is used to benefit the nation’s people, who are among the poorest in the world.