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South Sudan is in a Freefall

South Sudan is in a tailspin. On July 9, the country commemorated its 4th anniversary of independence but it was hardly a celebration.

Unpacking Obama’s Message to the African Union

President Barack Obama just left Ethiopia, the last leg of his high-profile visit to the African continent, the last of his four official trips to Africa.

WHO Warns of a Coming Meningitis Outbreak in West Africa

UNICEF, MSF, WHO and the IFRC are urging vaccine manufacturers to ramp up production of the meningitis vaccine.

4 Ways Your Phone May Be Fueling Instability Around the World

If you are reading this article on a smartphone, you are holding an object that can connect you to millions of people across the globe.

Trouble Brewing in Mozambique

This is a bit off the radar, but wanted to make sure DAWNSers saw that things were heating up a bit in Southern Africa.

What Hissene Habré’s Trial Says About the Future of the African Union

When President Obama addresses the African Union tomorrow, he will have plenty to say about development, good governance, justice and international cooperation and the promise of African unity upon which the AU was founded.

Episode 74: Jessica Jackley

Jessica Jackley co-founded Kiva and revolutionized micro-lending. Her new memoir Clay, Water, Brick tells the story of the founding of Kiva and her own personal journey from a religious family in Pittsburgh to becoming a successful social entrepreneur.

Obama in Ethiopia

After the weekend in Kenya, President Obama is in Ethiopia today–the first time a sitting US President has paid an official visit to the seat of the African Union.

UNESCO Rebuilt These Ancient Mausoleums in Timbuktu that Were Destroyed By Religious Extremists


A recent surge in violence in northern Mali that saw an attack on a MINUSMA convoy kill six Burkinabe peacekeepers and forced hundreds of Malians to seek refuge in neighboring Mauritania has served as a disquieting reminder that much work remains in the struggle to achieve lasting peace in the region. But earlier this week, the international community and the people of Timbuktu celebrated a small but significant step in rebuilding northern Mali, as UNESCO announced that local masons in their employ have completed the reconstruction of eight mausoleums destroyed by insurgent Islamist groups that occupied much of northern Mali in 2012 and 2013.

Obama’s Kenya Homecoming

President Obama visits the country of his father’s birth for the first time as president. This is the first leg of his fourth visit to Africa as president.

Kenyans are Elated to Welcome President Obama. But There’s Some Big Disappointment, Too

President Obama is visiting Kenya this week. This is his first trip to his father’s country of birth since becoming president, and people in Kenya are certainly treating it like a homecoming.

Scientists Propose New “Vaccine Fund”

In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of leading global health experts are calling for a new, $2 billion fund, to spur the creation of vaccines for MERS, Ebola, and West Nile Virus, among others.

A Drought (And Doubts) In North Korea

Rain is coming to Korea. The drought that cracked the rice paddies in North Korea during the month of June is easing, along with rising precipitation levels and even typhoon warnings.

Another Bad Election in Burundi

Yesterday, amid an ongoing political crisis and unrest, Burundians went to the polls to vote in the country’s contentious presidential election.

Aid Agencies Warn of New Burundi Refugee Flow

Humanitarian agencies in the region are already stretched thin. “Tanzanian refugee camps and relief workers, struggling to help tens of thousands of Burundian refugees, fear a new wave may pour across the border because of the violence that hit Burundi’s presidential election on Tuesday, aid agencies said.

Boko Haram Tops the Agenda of Nigeria President’s Visit to the White House

On Monday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in the United States for his first Presidential visit to D.C.

Hacking Team Hack–A View from Uzbekistan

Spying in Central Asia was once reserved for shadowy figures bugging apartments to deliver intelligence to Moscow.

Thai Fishing Industry Uses Rohingya Slaves

This is an important an investigative report into Thailand’s $7 billion seafood industry, “Rohingya migrants trafficked through deadly jungle camps have been sold to Thai fishing vessels as slaves to produce seafood sold across the world, the Guardian has established.

Episode 73: Moises Naim

Moises Naim is an all around big thinker, author, commentator, longtime editor of Foreign Policy magazine, former World Bank Executive  and a former cabinet minister in Venezuela.

The IAEA Faces Big Budget Pressures

Despite it’s high profile, the International Atomic Energy Agency suffers from some of the same funding challenges as many UN agencies.


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