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Digging Deeper Into the Dodd-Frank Congo ‘Blood Minerals’ Controversy

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is designed to protect American consumers from products containing conflict minerals.  But will it help protect Congolese from the conflict itself?

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“The Bright Continent”

Friend of Dispatch Dayo Olopade sits down with CNN’s Market Place Africa to discuss some of the ideas around her forthcoming book, “The Bright Continent.”

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Famines in Africa and the Western Consciousness

In spite of our collective past experience of seeing food crises and famines unfold, overall the international community is still too focused on last-minute emergency interventions, an approach reinforced by a powerful and popular narrative that underscores African weakness and victimization.

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Why the UN is Liked In Africa, But Not So Much in the Middle East

Earlier this week, Gallup released the findings of a major global survey of 126 countries from 2007 to 2010, asking “do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of the leadership of the United Nations?”  The results broke down along regional lines.  Here’s why.

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India’s New Promises To Africa

During the Second India-Africa Forum Summit last week in Ethiopia, Indian Prime Minister Singh promised significant support for African development. We take a look at what Indian engagement in Africa is shaping up to look like.

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Cote d’Ivoire: From Protracted Crisis to Fast-Moving Conflict

Observers of the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire have been looking on with nervous anticipation as Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president who refuses to cede power, schemed and pulled every string to hang on to the presidency. The past week has seen the conflict escalate, as the situation is rapidly deteriorating.

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