February 22, 2013 |
HENRY PRINCE Murphy was a man of many talents and accomplishments, with a major focus on serving his fellow human being. He was an auditor and accountant by trade, but you wouldn't have wanted to tell him he had condemned himself to a life without adventure, not when he was boarding a plane for Ethiopia to help the Rev. Leon Sullivan set up development projects for Third World countries. And not when he was teaching business courses at local schools, or painting portraits of family members, or working in various civic enterprises to help minority businesses, abused women or any number of other programs of benefit to the underserved.
October 5, 2012 |
Africa, with growing cities, oilfields, mines, and fractious governments, needs engineers, teachers - and lobbyists? "It is difficult to start a business [in many African countries], since the governments charge countless fees and nickel-and-dime you every step of the way. If a company is successful, it is forced to pay bribes," says Christine Mahoney , a University of Virginia professor, Bucks County native, and Penn State graduate who just got back from Tanzania. Small business depends on property, tax, and licensing rules and other basics of capitalism.
July 17, 2008 |
IN THE SAFARI camps of Botswana, the first thing they tell you is to stay on the wooden walkways that wind their way through the jungle some five and six feet off the ground. As long as you do, they say, the lions and leopards with whom you share the leafy forest will leave you alone. It is a different story in Uganda, where it takes more than an elevated sidewalk to discourage the big cats. In fact, the country is home to a breed of carnivores known as "tree-climbing" lions for reasons that became evident as we motored out of Uganda's Kibale National Park.
March 4, 2008 |
"Ghana Loves Obama. " I saw that on a bumper sticker last month during President Bush's brief visit here. Wherever Bush went on his five-nation African tour, talk of Obama followed him. "It seemed like there was a lot of excitement for me - wait a minute, maybe you missed it!" Bush quipped, when Tanzanian reporters asked about Obama. There was indeed a lot of excitement for President Bush, a popular figure across most of the continent. Yet it was dwarfed by the enthusiasm for Obama, who would become the first American president of African descent.
June 28, 2007 |
Pollster: 'Anti-Americanism' has 'deepened,' not 'widened' PARIS - Distrust of the United States has intensified across the world, but overall views of America remain favorable among majorities in 25 of 46 countries and the Palestinian territories surveyed in an international poll conducted in April and May by the Pew Research Center. "Anti-Americanism since 2002 has deepened, but it hasn't really widened," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Global Attitudes Project.
June 9, 2006 |
Fewer than three years have passed since the West African nation of Liberia emerged from back-to-back civil wars that killed more than 200,000 and wrecked its economy. Now, "it needs everything - electrical grids, roads, schools," said Stanley Straughter, chairman of the Mayor's Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs. And so Liberian Ambassador Alexander Wallace, along with representatives from three other African countries, will tell Philadelphia-area businesses, during a round-table talk tomorrow, what the countries need and how the local firms can benefit.
August 4, 2005 |
Desmond Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, and a winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize The cameras are rolling on another African disaster: Niger and its desperate, starving children. And this tragedy has unfolded on the world's television screens even as leaders of the industrialized countries at the Group of Eight summit pledged a historic amount of debt relief and humanitarian aid to African countries. Welcome tidings of the affluent world's largess have collided with yet another outstretched hand - another cry for help - from our continent.
July 7, 2005
A "CAN-DO" attitude - pronounced attytood - looks good on the city of Philadelphia. Darn good. City officials had every right to congratulate themselves for the smart and creative planning that went into hosting - and cleaning up after - two huge crowds on the Parkway on two separate days. And so the Live 8 concert on July 2 followed by the Fourth of July concert headlined by Elton John reached the goals of raising awareness of issues of poverty in Africa and of HIV/AIDS. Philadelphia had to scramble to pull off a huge party in only 32 days, but it did so with gusto.
June 7, 2005
AM I HAPPY there will be a concert here focusing on the African countries that have genocide, national debt and health issues? Yes, but if America spent a tenth of what we've spent in Iraq on countries that have these problems, imagine how different our image would be around the world than the one we have now: A bible thumping, oil-crazed nation that drops the ball on important issues and at the same time lectures the world on everything....
June 5, 2005
The glittering roster of stars who will be in Philadelphia and four European cities for the free Live 8 concerts on July 2 guarantees a musical mega-event. But that isn't why the concert is so noteworthy - and why Philadelphia can be proud to be its American host. Live 8 stands out because of its goal: sparking worldwide public pressure on behalf of ending extreme poverty in Africa. The targets of that pressure - and the origin of the concert's name - are the leaders who will attend the G-8 summit of industrialized nations next month in Scotland.