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The Rise of Kenya's New Elite
Letter From Nyeri
David P. Sandgren
Summary: 
Kenya’s first postcolonial middle class is now in its mid-60s, retiring and settling into comfortable grandparenthood. Few would have predicted this outcome, especially for the Gikuyu, Kenya’s largest ethnic group, since this generation’s early years were filled with poverty and violence.
Kenya’s first postcolonial middle class is now in its mid-60s, retiring and settling into comfortable grandparenthood. Few would have predicted this outcome, especially for the Gikuyu, Kenya’s largest ethnic group, since this generation’s early years were filled with poverty and violence. Perhaps Kenya’s example can offer encouragement to others now caught in similar circumstances. SURVIVING MAU MAU

Al Shabab's Last Stand?
The Group Will Crumble -- but Its Message Will Survive
Paul Hidalgo
Summary: 
Last week’s deadly U.S. strike on Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al Shabab, could be the group’s undoing. Even so, the region is not out of the woods.
Last week’s deadly U.S. strike on Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al Shabab, could be the group’s undoing. Although the organization was quick to name a successor, Godane’s death has thrown it into disarray, casting serious doubts on its future. Although that augurs well for Somalia, the region is not out of the woods. Al Shabab’s extremist ideology has already taken root across East Africa. Without further action against al Shabab and groups like it, militant Islam will only spread further.   LEADERLESS JIHAD
With the head of this autocracy now dead, and other senior leaders either marginalized, arrested, in hiding, or executed, the chances that al Shabab will live on as a cohesive force are marginal at best.

Obama's Ebola Failure
How to do More for the Virus' Victims
Kim Yi Dionne
Summary: 
Fear of the Ebola virus and an out-of-control epidemic have made it easier for governments around the world to focus on security and military responses to public health solutions. Here's why that is a bad thing.
Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama released a video statement on the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In the video, Obama directed his comments to West Africans navigating the epidemic. He explained how Ebola is -- and isn’t -- spread and reiterated the United States’ commitment to providing assistance. “You are not alone,” he commented in closing. “Together we can treat those who are sick with respect and dignity. We can save lives. And our countries can work together to improve public health. . . .”
Obama has raised the alarm that the Ebola virus could become “a serious danger to the United States.” But the disease is already a serious danger to the many West Africans who are exposed to it.

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Tuesday, 09-16-14White House Fact Sheet: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West AfricaPresident Barack Obama spoke with health experts at the Center for Disease Control on September 16, 2014, and the White House relased this fact sheet to outline U.S. actions to combat Ebola in West Africa and to contain its spread, including sending health workers, military forces, and medical supplies, funding vaccine development, and supporting public service announcements and education about the disease.
Monday, 09-08-14African Union Decision on the Ebola Virus Disease OutbreakIn August 2014, African Union (AU) established the AU Support to Ebola Outbreak in West-Africa (ASEOWA) mission to send health personnel from Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Ethiopia to effected countries in West Africa. The African Union Executive Council released an official decision about AU reponse to the Ebola epidemic on September 9, 2014, and the first deployment of volunteers will go to Liberia, followed by a deployment to Sierra Leone.
Thursday, 08-14-14Heartless but Effective: I've Seen 'Cordon Sanitaire' Work Against EbolaThe governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have escalated their counterattack on the Ebola virus, imposing cordons sanitaires aimed at isolating entire regions of their countries in hopes of containing the enemy. Although many in the media accuse these governments of being inhumane or overly severe, Laurie Garrett pulls from her experience in the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in Kikwit, Zaire to show that these dramatic steps can work.
Thursday, 08-14-14You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About EbolaLaurie Garrett explains that experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this current Ebola outbreak. If Ebola hits Lagos, the needs for international assistance will grow exponentially.
Tuesday, 08-12-14Investing in Africa: How the U.S. Can Play Catch-UpJendayi Frazer argues that while President Obama's announcement to invest in African economies is significant, it must be supplemented if the U.S. is going to make Africa a strategic point.
Monday, 08-11-14What’s Next for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit?The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit shifted the U.S. perception of how it engages with Africa, but was missing a vital component to success—human rights. Amelia M. Wolf argues that if the Obama administration wants to be "central" to development of Africa, as it has claimed, it must support the development of institutions for justice and the rule of law in collaboration with African states, and now is the perfect opportunity to do so.
Sunday, 08-10-14The World Must Unite to Fight Ebola PlagueEven after the World Health Organization's that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, Laurie Garrett and Maxine Builder argue in the Sunday Express that there is no clear framework for leadership in a globalized epidemic such as this, and without it, the response will be ineffective and Ebola will quickly spiral further out of control.
Wednesday, 08-06-14Documents on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and the 13th Annual AGOA ForumDuring August 4-6, 2014, President Barack Obama convened the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering of African heads of state and governments ever assembled by a U.S. President. Fifty-one leaders focused on sustainable development, trade, collaboration, investment, and America's commitment to Africa's security, its democratic development, and its people. The summit took place during the same time as the 13th Annual African Growth Opportunity Act Forum.

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