Brown Bag: Golden Palms? A Look at Liberia’s Work Conditions

Brown Bag: Golden Palms? A Look at Liberia’s Work Conditions

Over the past 5 years, international palm oil companies (including some of the industry’s largest producers like Sime Darby and and Golden AgriResources) have bought up hundreds of thousands of hectares in Liberia to create enormous palm oil plantations. The Liberian...
The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was found guilty of 11 charges by a court in the Netherlands, is a man of many firsts. He’s the first head of state to have escaped from a medium-security prison in the United States. He was the first sitting head of...
Emira Woods and Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Emira Woods and Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Attend a screening and discussion of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a documentary about the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for...
Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell – second screening

Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell – second screening

Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS mini-series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. A co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films, Women, War & Peace places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about...
Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell – first screening

Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell – first screening

Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS mini-series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. A co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films, Women, War & Peace places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about...
Labor Lessons Through the Lens of Liberia

Labor Lessons Through the Lens of Liberia

Firestone Tire and Rubber, the American icon, has violated the rights of workers, abused child labor, and destroyed the environment with dumping of toxic wastes in Liberia, West Africa since their operations began in 1926. Liberia remains the largest rubber operations...
Welcome President Bush!

Welcome President Bush!

Someone very important is visiting Africa, specifically five countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, Benin, Ghana, and Liberia. He is the president of the United States of America. The hassles of hosting a U.S. president are bad enough. His people take over your whole...
Rejecting Paternalism in Africa?

Rejecting Paternalism in Africa?

A central aspect of President Bush’s trip to Africa is the promotion of neoliberal trade policies and foreign direct investment as a path to “empowerment” and a “culture of self-reliance and opportunity.” The president has explicitly...
Super Bowl of Shame

Super Bowl of Shame

What’s more American than football, apple pie and Chevrolet? How about cool brand new radial tires? That’s what Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC wants us to believe. The former American, now Japanese-owned, tire manufacturer is spending about...
The New Military Frontier: Africa

The New Military Frontier: Africa

A U.S. Army captain in Africa waxes philosophical. It’s like the old saying, he opines; “give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he’ll eat forever.” Is he talking about skills-building, or community empowerment?...
AFRICOM: Wrong for Liberia, Disastrous for Africa

AFRICOM: Wrong for Liberia, Disastrous for Africa

Just two months after U.S. aerial bombardments began in Somalia, the Bush administration solidified its militaristic engagement with Africa. In February 2007, the Department of Defense announced the creation of a new U.S. Africa Command infrastructure, code name...