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Global Studies: Africa, 10th Editionby F Jeffress Ramsay
Synopses & Reviews
Global Studies provides comprehensive background information and selected world press articles on the regions and countries of the world. Included in this edition are background essays and statistics for the countries of North Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, South Africa, and West Africa, with a regional essay showing the connection of North Africa to the rest of the continent.
Global Studies is a unique series designed to provide comprehensive background information and selected world press articles on the regions and countries of the world. Each Global Studies volume includes an annotated listing of World Wide Web sites. Global Studies titles are supported with study tools and links to related websites at our student website www.dushkin.com/online/.
Table of Contents
Global Studies: Africa Table of Contents
Selected World Wide Web Sites
U.S. Statistics and Map
Canada Statistics and Map
Africa: Looking for a Renaissance
Central Africa Map
Central Africa: Possibilities for Cooperation
Country Reports:Cameroon (Republic of Cameroon); Central African Republic;Chad (Republic of Chad); Congo (Republic of the Congo; Congo-Brazzaville);Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa; formerly Zaire); Equatorial Guinea (Republic of Equatorial Guinea); Gabon (Gabonese Republic); Sao Tome and Principe (Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe)
East Africa Map
East Africa: A Mixed Inheritance
Country Reports:Burundi (Republic of Burundi); Comoros (Union of Comoros);Djibouti (Republic of Djibouri); Eritrea (State of Eritrea);Kenya (Republic of Kenya); Madagascar (Republic of Madagascar); Mauritius (Republic of Mauritius); Rwanda (Rwandese Republic); Seychelles (Republic of Seychelles);Somalia; Sudan (Republic of the Sudan); Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania); Uganda (Republic of Uganda)
North Africa Map
North Africa; The Crossroads of the Continent
Southern Africa Map
Southern Africa: The Continuting Struggle for Self-Determination
Country Reports:Angola (Republic of Angola); Botswana (Republic of Botswana); Lesotho (Kingdom of Lesotho); Malawi (Republic of Malawi); Mozambique (Republic of Mozambique); Namibia (Republic of Namibia); South Africa (Republic of South Africa); Swaziland (Kingdom of Swaziland); Zambia (Republic of Zambia); Zimbabwe (Republic of Zimbabwe)
West Africa Map
West Africa: Seeking Unity in Diversity
Country Reports:Benin (Republic of Benin); Burkina Faso; Cape Verde (Republic of Cape Verde); Cote d'Ivoire (Republic of Cote d'Ivoire); The Gambia (Republic of the Gambia); Ghana (Republic of Ghana); Guinea (Republic of Guinea); Guinea-Bissau (Republic of Guinea-Bissau); Liberia (Republic of Liberia); Mali (Republic of Mali); Mauritania (Islamic Republic of Mauritania); Niger (Republic of Niger); Nigeria (Federal Republic of Nigeria); Senegal (Republic of Senegal); Sierre Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone); Togo (Togolese Republic)
Articles from the World Press
1. Africa United: Not Hopeless,Not Helpless, Chris Brazier, Nw Internationalist, August 2000.
The concept of a united Africa that would be something akin to the European Union is examined in this article. Such a pan-African union could help solve some of the continent’s more difficult social and political problems.
2. Globalization and Its Discontents, David E. Apter, Dissent, Spring 2002.
David Apter examines the impact of globalization on Africa. The experiences of the continent illustrate many of the negative consequences that globalization can have for vulnerable people, both in its presence and in its absence. Apter concludes that “the dysfunctions of globalization” are especially troublesome in Africa.
3. An End to Africa's Wars: Rethinking InternationalIntervention, Marina Ottaway, Harvard InternationalReview, Winter 2001.
Wars will continue to flare up in Africa until a new orderemerges. As this article points out, order could come from newpolitical arrangements that reflect the balance of power among Africanforces, or it could be imposed and maintained with force by theinternational community, that is, the industrialized countries and theUnited Nations.
4. Challenges for the African Union, Henry Owuor, WorldPress Review, October 2002.
Henry Owuor summarizes some of the weaknesses of theemerging African Union (AU). He suggests that these are "teethingproblems", not unlike those that occurred in the early stages ofdevelopment of the European Union. It will be especially important forall AU members to have a sense of belonging and an opportunity forconstructive participation.
5. Africa, NEPAD, and the G-8, Chinua Akukwe, WorldPress Review, October 2002.
Chinua Akukwe discusses the New Partnership for Africa'sDevelopment (NEPAD)--an initiative of the struggling AfricanUnion--and how NEPAD could benefit not only Africa but also the restof the world. The powerful G-8 countries must become more ambitious interms of the resources and commitments they will make to Africa.Meanwhile, African leaders must work to build greater support forNEPAD and find ways to use the initiative to help solve Africa'sproblems.
6. Embracing Sustainability Science: The Challenges forAfrica, Godwin O. P. Obasi, Environment, May 2002.
The importance to Africa of sustainable growth anddevelopment cannot be overemphasized. The author outlines the "corequestions" of sustainability science and relates them to a frameworkfor action to respond to the huge challenges facing Africa. Among theeight areas of particular concern are food security, water resources,and health and diseases.
7. Disconnected Continent: The Difficulties of the Internet inAfrica, Magda Kowalczykowski, Harvard InternationalReview, Summer 2002.
Initiatives by the United Nations and private corporationsare in the works to bridge the global digital divide vis-a-vis Africa.Internet-usage rates below 1 percent are currently the norm in Africaas in much of the developing world. However, the future ofconnectivity in African countries looks bright.
8. Death Stalks a Continent, Johanna McGeary,Time, February 12, 2001.
In African societies, the dreaded disease AIDS carries asocial stigma. People deny that they have it, deny that their childrendie from it, and refuse to change their lifestyles to combat it. Thisarticle reviews how extensive and pervasive AIDS has become in Africansociety.
9. The Seeds of Hunger, Michael Grunwald, WashingtonPost National Weekly Edition, November 25-December 1, 2002.
With few seeds to plant and persistent drought, about onequarter of Swaziland's 1.1 million citizens are now at risk ofstarvation. The situation in this kingdom is not the most dire inAfrica, but it provides a window into understanding the continent'sunfolding food crisis. The AIDS pandemic has proven to be a majorfactor.
10. Lessons from the Fastest-Growing Nation: Botswana?,John Koppisch, Business Week Online, August 26, 2002.
Improbably enough, the landlocked southern African countryof Botswana has been the world's fastest-growing over the past fewdecades. The primary reason for its success? Prudent government. Thepeaceful democracy has largely stuck to free-market principles. Thegovernment keeps taxes low, respects property rights, has notnationalized any businesses, and keeps spending under control. And itis being extremely aggressive in combating the catastrophic HIV/AIDSpandemic.
11. Makeshift `Cuisinart' Makes a Lot Possible in ImpoverishedMali, Roger Thurow, Wall Street Journal, July 26,2002.
Roger Thurow recounts how makeshift grinder/blenders areimproving the quality of life for girls and women in 300 smallvillages in Mali. Using the machine frees them from hours of tediouswork each day, allowing them to pursue education andentrepreneurship.
12. Oil, Diamonds, and Death, Alex Vines, The WorldToday, March 2002.
Alex Vines discusses "blood diamonds" and other linksbetween natural resources and conflict in Africa. There is nothing newor even exlusive about natural resources fueling conflicts on thecontinent, Vines observes. No single commodity is a root cause orcontributor to the conflicts; rebels and governments in Africa willuse any available resources to further their causes.
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