Dangerous Plays

As access to Africa’s wildernesses develops and improves, visitors are becoming less respectful and careful. This puts everything in jeopardy. The photo above of a self-drive tourist in Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve last Sunday “posing” in front of a pair of lions was taken by a film crew at some distance from the tourist. [...]

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Violence is not Genetic

A recent study of chimps in Uganda is being misinterpreted to suggest human murder is natural, and sloppy scientists are reenforcing these beliefs. Chimps have long been known to be murderers and cannibals. While dominance within many species is often violent and considered essential for the social organization of many species, it very rarely extends [...]

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How Sweet It Is!

You might be afraid of the mythical African Killer Bee, but there’s a sweet buzz about them in East Africa! With American and even Chinese honey production at low levels, the demand for honey worldwide has grown so substantially that honey is increasing in price 6% every year. The 150 million pounds of honey Americans [...]

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Shelter in Place

“The War on Terror,” Version 163 announced by Obama last week, is taking a significant toll on American tourism and business in East Africa. This weekend the U.S. embassy in Kampala issued the most serious warning in their lexicon of warnings, “shelter in place,” one step before evacuation: “All U.S. citizens are advised to stay [...]

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OnSafari: Dispatch from Ethiopia

Bleeding heart baboons, some of the rarest animals on earth and some of the most stunning scenery, together with Africa’s very ancient culture. That was Ethiopia hosted by EWT owner, Kathleen Morgan, completed today. They then spent two days in the very remote Simien Mountains. “The Simiens were wonderful. Incredibly beautiful scenery,”Kathleen emailed. The group [...]

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Dominoes in Reverse

Come on, America! You’re not all dimwits! Obama’s announced policy against ISIS is comparable to what he did in Somali, and it worked. And it was wrong. We’ve apparently been successful knocking down a bunch of dominoes around the world. I guess Obama thinks it’s time to pull a few of them back up for [...]

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Round ‘n Round the Mulberry Bush

How many times around Africa, or the world, can you chase a terrorist? Piracy has now moved from the Gulf of Aden to the Gulf of Guinea. Fans of the superb movie Captain Phillips will understand better than most (except readers of the New York Times or London’s Guardian) how high seas piracy is instrumental [...]

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British Aplomb

Mugabe of Zimbabwe told the remaining whites this weekend that they better leave soon. Although it isn’t the first time he’s made such a statement about the estimated remaining 40,000 whites in the country, this time seemed more serious. He made the announcement in a convocation of regional chiefs. In Zimbabwe where government doesn’t exist [...]

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What’s the Point?

America has likely killed Ahmed Godane. Do you care? Ahmed Godane, if dead, was the leader of al-Shabaab for four years. Al-Shabaab is al-Qaeda of sorts in Somalia, although like so many terrorist groups the affiliation is tentative at best. But al-Shabaab is among the larger and more successful terrorist groups in the world, because [...]

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Provocative Rachel

Rachel Maddow’s misleading account of East Africa’s recent terrorist attacks contributes to America’s rearming against the War on Terror, despite her better intentions. On her show Tuesday night, Rachel sort of concluded as I hope many others do that we should not overreact to the recent beheadings of two American journalists. Her analysis that terror [...]

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Bloody Red Cross

When the Kenyan Red Cross demands military action, you know the world has changed. It’s been a rough week for the purveyor of humanitarian relief. First there was the kerfuffle in The Ukraine where Vladimir told the white crosses to move it or lose it. Then yesterday a Red Cross ambulance in northern Kenya was [...]

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Labor Day

Today is the Labor Day holiday in the United States. America’s May Day. Labor Day is traditionally the end of summer when friends and family gather for the last summer barbecue. It vies with Christmas and New Years to be the least worked day of the U.S. year. Vacations end, schools reopen, the fall sports [...]

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Kill Mom, Sell the Baby

Chimps are not as endangered as gorillas, but they are increasingly controversial in developing Africa because they are so human-like. Most westerners think of chimpanzees as sort of smart dogs. Well, only if the dog is as big as you! That’s right, a full grown chimp averages 5½’ tall and weighs 150 pounds. This is [...]

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Immoral Exaggeration

Americans do not understand the ebola epidemic: They are reacting in the same unthoughtful way they do to unvetted political ads and sound bite media. The ebola outbreak in West Africa is serious, like a lot of other things, like poverty. In fact, diarrhea, flu and TB kill millions more Africans (and Americans!) annually. Americans [...]

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Pitiful Pitbull

Heads of State get into all kinds of trouble, from romantic to fiscal, and many then come toppling down. Jacob Zuma of South Africa is different. Nearly seven years have past since then as deputy president Zuma replaced an equally quixotic president, Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki followed Mandela and all three were close confidants and collaborators [...]

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