“What climate change and slave trade in Africa have in common,” by Kofi Adu Domfeh in Luv News, looks at similarities between climate change and the slave trade in Africa. In the past, Africans had to endure the ignominy of the slave trade. Now, Africa has to contend with the problems of climate change, which is on the rise because polluter countries, mostly in the global North, do not comply with obligations of climate treaties. The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism “allows developed countries to pay for emissions-cutting projects in developing countries in lieu of reducing their emissions” (Council on Foreign Relations). With scientific reports indicating that Africa is the continent most affected by climate change and yet contributes the least to greenhouse gases that cause climate change, this article argues that history is repeating an injustice by putting Africans at the losing end of the rope that leads to industrialization in the global North.
The anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda, which was signed by President Museveni on February 24, may have implications for aid, given that Uganda receives over $400 million annually in funding for its development programs. Many religious leaders in Uganda have voiced their views in favour of the ‘notorious’ bill, and some churches – though certainly not all – in the US and the UK also expressed support.
Uganda’s Gays Are Just the Latest Victims of Museveni’s Lust for Power
by Simon Allison in The Daily Maverick
Ugandan Bishops Push Notorious Anti-Gay Bill
by Peter Montgomery in Religion Dispatches Magazine
Uganda Church Rejects Anti-Gay Criticism
in Al Jazeera
Museveni ‘Seeks US Advice on Homosexuality’
in BBC News
Museveni Responds to Obama on Anti-Gay Bill
in New Vision (Uganda)
The Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), in its most recent newsletter, explores South Sudan’s conflict and whether Africa’s newest state can hold. Read more in South Sudan Conflict: The Seed of Unresolved Problems.
Talal Asad, writing in Critical Inquiry, raises complicated questions about humanity, morality, Enlightenment, law and politics. He asks, in part, “What gives the modern project called ‘humanitarianism’ its moral impetus? What accounts for the modern expressions of horror at crimes against humanity—distinct, that is, from the crime of murder?”
by Akosua Adomako Ampofo
If most private foundations (in the US) have endowments of less than $50m, indeed more like $10m, and most, despite this, ‘give’ more than the legally-required minimum (5%), and are increasing in their giving, then why aren’t we ‘feeling’ them as much as we did in the 1980s and 1990s? Where are they working? What are they giving and to whom? Are they spreading philanthropy in increasingly smaller sizes, and if so, does this matter? Or are their overheads increasing? The Ghanaians (Akans) have a saying, “ketwa bia enswa” (nothing is too small), but also, “ye de nam ne kye nam” – we need fish to catch fish. Not worms. How can we really share the wealth equitably?
“You Think You Know Private Foundations? Think Again”
by King McGlaughon in the Stanford Social Innovation Review