Gates/Zuckerberg-Funded Ugandan Schools to be Shut Down

More than 60 Bridge Academies—low-cost schools that favor a technological approach to pedagogy—have been ordered to stop operating by a high court judge in Uganda. The legal issue stemmed from complaints by education officials who accused the Bridge International Academies of providing substandard facilities and unqualified academic staff. Although the court ruling was issued in November…

Why are Nigerians Boycotting Coca-Cola Drinks? 

A High Court judge in Lagos, Nigeria has issued a ruling that Coca-Cola products could be “poisonous.” The ruling was controversial and has sent shock waves of alarm throughout the country. According to Dupe Atoki, Director General of Nigeria’s Consumer Protection Council, “Fanta, Sprite and Coca-Cola have arguably and consistently been the most widely consumed beverages in…

Top African and African-American Writers Among Winners Celebrated at PEN America’s Literary Awards

The 2017 PEN America Center Literary Awards evening touted a marvelous array of African and African-American authors among the writers recognized at this year’s gala. Celebrated at the New School’s glamorous John L. Tishman Auditorium on March 27, the winners reflect the complex tapestry of the African diaspora. The awards’ final night came with some surprises.…

Nepotism in the White House? 

Nothing about the Trump administration so far has been typical, not least of which is the apparent nepotism. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the President’s son-in-law and daughter, have significant and unprecedented roles in the administration. Federal law does include an anti-nepotism statute, but the Justice department concluded that the anti-nepotism law didn’t apply to White House staff. As Vox…

Trump’s Huge Healthcare Disaster

Donald Trump’s Healthcare Disaster was Unavoidable The doomed American Health Care Act of 2017 has been the most painful political disappointment suffered by United States President Donald Trump since his controversial election shocked the world in November 2016. Although the Trump administration has already experienced considerable setbacks, this recent failure to repeal the Affordable Care…