Africa
Militarizing the Ebola Crisis

Militarizing the Ebola Crisis

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.  Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heading calls for substantial intervention in the region. On September 16, President Obama announced a...

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Menu for a Hot Planet

Menu for a Hot Planet

In many ways the human race hit the skids when we stopped throwing spears and gathering berries. Once we started planting seeds and harvesting the produce, we grew shorter, fatter, sicker, and considerably more overworked. An alien visiting from another planet during...

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CAR: A Forgotten Crisis at the Heart of Africa

CAR: A Forgotten Crisis at the Heart of Africa

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.  Take a look at the World section of nearly any mainstream news outlet and the main story will be Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, or Gaza—all of which are suffering acutely from their respective...

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Ethiopian Activists Fight U.S.-Backed Land Seizures

Ethiopian Activists Fight U.S.-Backed Land Seizures

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.  Yehun and Miriam have little hope for the future. “We didn’t do anything and they destroyed our house," Miriam told me. "We are appealing to the mayor but there have been no answers....

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The BRICS: Challengers to the Global Status Quo

The BRICS: Challengers to the Global Status Quo

This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com.  The term "BRICS"—which refers to the bloc of emerging economies in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—was coined years ago by Goldman Sachs analyst Jim O’Neill, who saw the...

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The Plague

The Plague

In his novel The Plague, Albert Camus describes how death comes to an ugly French port in Algeria. Thanks to an infestation of rats and the fleas they carry, the bubonic plague descends upon the city in the spring and intensifies during the hot summer. After a short...

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Will Sanctions Sideline the U.S. Dollar?

Will Sanctions Sideline the U.S. Dollar?

The use of sanctions as an international cudgel has long been complicated by some nasty unintended consequences. For the United States and the world economy, one consequence could be particularly significant: The recent round of sanctions aimed at Moscow over the...

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