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Last Week Today: Is there Christmas in Africa?

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Thirty years worth of anthropological research has revealed nothing about holiday practices in Africa.

Today, the world’s leading experts on the continent are asking the same question they asked in 1984. “Do they know it’s Christmastime?”

The next generation of Africa experts. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
The next generation of Africa experts. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

We hope in another thirty years, their protégés, the members of One Direction, will finally be able to answer this puzzling question.

The week in news

Russia’s in the news twice this week: for invading Ukraine (again) and for agreeing to build nuclear reactors in Iran.

In India, a government program that pays women $23 to undergo a sterilisation surgery became even more questionable when 11 women died following complications.

Tension between Israel and Palestine seems to be on the rise again, with an arson attack on a West Bank mosque the latest in a series of clashes.

A Canadian man responds to last week’s midterm elections in the U.S. – and essentially asks Americans, “What were you thinking?”

The week on the blog

Famous founders: A blessing or a curse?

What happens when NGO founders become famous – even too famous? Anna McKeon and Natalie Jesionka list some red flags.

AidSource: Under new management (ours!)

The founders of AidSource: The Humanitarian Network were ready to pass the torch, and they passed it to us! We’re very excited to be taking over the management of the site – stay tuned for additional updates.

The week in globaldev

Infectious disease is not a security threat.

Click-bait and stereotypes

Not just Chibok

The neocolonialism of global health

Celebrity humanitarians, or celebrity trolls?

Video Newsflash, Bono: A group of African musicians has already made a great song about Ebola.

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Featured image is Bono during a visit to Brazil. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.