African Debt Crisis

africa-outline-big11Debt- It is a word that the average American fears today. Especially with jobs being outsourced overseas, jobs going out of business, and credit crisis in tow. People here are worried about what they will do to elevate all the debt they have without having to go into bankruptcy. But what happens when that debt is on a higher scale? — When it affects a whole nation instead of just one person or one industry?  A lending institution surely is not allowed to foreclose upon a state. Therefore, the problem becomes a logistical one. What is to be done with a nation or a set of nations that cannot repay debt? In an attempt to make this subject more manageable, let us specifically examine one region of the world in which debt is ramped.

The continent of Africa is rich in natural resources, customs, and people. However, it has a serious problem. Africa is in debt. At last check, 34 out of the 41 countries listed on the World Banks list of heavily indebted poor countries (HPIC) were located in Africa[i].

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Kenyan Democracy and Corruption

Kenya- one year from today

Half way round the world in eastern Africa lies a nation state that the west once pointed to as an excellent example of democracy. Only after numerous reports of post election violence in Kenya did the west finally take a serious look at the inner workings of Kenyan democracy in an effort to figure out what went wrong. In essence, what was found was alarming.  Kenya, once considered a strong stable democratic state, was in serious danger of political collapse because of rampant political corruption.

In order to understand the foundation of corruption in Kenyan democracy, a base must be established within the framework of the heritage of corruption and the inherent flaws within that system. This base of corruption will then lead into the foundation of corruption with regards to the Kenyan strongman and how the strongman has hindered Kenyan democracy as a whole. Continue reading

Quick Essay on Ibsen

IbsenIn the tell-it-all style of dirty realism, a young playwright by the name of Henrik Johan Ibsen decided to push societal bounds by examining conditions of life and morality. Unfortunately, Ibsen lived at the height of Victorian morality.  Any subject matter not bowing to Victorian era conformity (strong ethics, sexual repression/ morality, and a Puritanical tolerance of crime) was first considered outrageous, and subsequently immoral. Non-the-less, he was determined to broadcast the reality behind many of the facades the age had produced. Continue reading

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