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  • Africa Monitor Now that Egypt's Mubarak is out, could Gabon's Bongo be next?

    The revolutionary protests in Tunisia and Egypt weren't supposed to spread south to sub-Saharan Africa. But Gabonese protesters are aiming to oust President Ali Bongo.
    02/12/2011 08:48 am

  • South Africa's truckers threaten 'devastating' strike

    Inflation could spike from repeated wage hikes, economist warn, although ignoring union demands threatens to create instability in South Africa.
    02/07/2011 01:39 pm

  • Why Tunisia's winds of change aren't blowing south to sub-Saharan Africa

    The winds of change that swept aside Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have swiftly blown east to test the long-serving leaders of Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan. Yet if these winds can blow east across North Africa to the Middle East, can't they also blow south to sub-Saharan Africa? Surely there are plenty of dictators in Africa's other countries who have outworn their welcome after 20-plus years in power? Perhaps, but different societies respond to the same conditions in very different ways, and the 53 countries of the African continent each has its own social structure and attitudes toward those in power. Here are four reasons why, despite the massive protests in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa remains silent.
    01/31/2011 03:46 pm

  • Africa Monitor Kenyan study on internet use reveals a need for more business presence online

    A study on internet use in Kenya and elsewhere on the continent reveals growing technological savviness and the need for businesses to focus more on marketing themselves online.
    12/30/2010 12:33 pm

  • The world in 2011: Trends and events to watch in every region

    Monitor staff writers and correspondents in each of the world's regions share what they expect to be top headlines in 2011.
    12/28/2010 02:17 pm

  • Mysterious X Woman finds place on humans' family tree

    Genetic research shows her branch contributed to gene pool of today's Melanesians, who live on a broad arc of Pacific islands. X Woman is helping researchers grasp ancient migration patterns.
    12/23/2010 05:18 pm

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day: 12/22
  • World Toilet Day: Top 10 nations lacking toilets

    See a lot of people squatting in the open today? Don't be offended. The so-called "big squat" was held worldwide to coincide with the 10th annual World Toilet Day, an initiative to bring awareness to the need for adequate sanitary facilities. Every day, some 1.1 billion people go to the bathroom without any type of toilet, according to the World Health Organization. And even with a toilet, facilities are not necessarily sanitary. WaterAid America estimates that roughly 2.5 billion people – nearly 40 percent of the global population – do their business unsafely, often in public spaces. World Toilet Day is organized by the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization, which has 235 member organizations in 58 countries "working toward eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation." Here's a list of the world's worst nations in terms of people lacking access to sanitary facilities.
    11/19/2010 05:08 pm

  • Why 300 million more people are suddenly poor

    A United Nations index takes a multidimensional look at poverty and finds spikes from 'rising tiger' India to Hungary.
    11/17/2010 04:45 pm

  • Audrey Hepburn stamps fetch $606,000 for charity

    A set of 10 Audrey Hepburn stamps from a canceled 2001 German postal service campaign sold for $606,000, Saturday. The funds will go towards Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, and one-third to UNICEF Germany.
    10/18/2010 10:52 pm

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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