Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Eritrea's opportunity
By  • 6 September 2018
The young nation of Eritrea is often referred to as the North Korea of Africa. The country has jailed thousands of political prisoners, eliminated the independent press and forces much of the population into indefinite…
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Ethiopia's new hope
By  • 28 June 2018
The East African nation of Ethiopia has spent much of the last three decades as an authoritarian one-party state. Political opponents of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front were regularly jailed. Independent journalists could…
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Insurgents, poor schools plague northern Nigeria
By  • 14 June 2018
Back in 2014 there was an enormous international outcry after Islamic militants from the group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female high school students the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. Four years later, more than…
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South Sudan's standoff
By  • 7 June 2018
When South Sudan became a country in 2011, there was a lot of optimism in a nation where people had endured decades of conflict to win independence from Sudan. But within three years, the country…
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Debating overpopulation
By  • 25 January 2018
Overpopulation has been debated since British economist Thomas Malthus famously warned in 1798 that humans could reproduce far faster than they could increase their food supply. But since Malthus's time, world population has grown from…
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The looted antiquities trade
By  • 14 December 2017
Conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has fueled a booming trade in looted antiquities from archaeological sites and museums. Millions of dollars worth of artifacts have disappeared, with some resurfacing for sale in Europe…
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Zimbabwe, South Africa in transition
By  • 16 November 2017
Two figures have dominated the politics of southern Africa in recent years. One is Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. The other is South Africa’s 75-year-old President Jacob Zuma. Now Mugabe is in military custody after…
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Japanese pacifism under attack
By  • 26 October 2017
After World War II, Japan adopted a constitution that formally renounced war or maintaining military forces. In the years since, Japan has bolstered what it calls its "Self-Defense Force." The SDF is a military in…
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The overpopulation debate
By  • 19 October 2017
Overpopulation has been debated since British economist Thomas Malthus famously warned in 1798 that humans could reproduce far faster than they could increase their food supply. But since Malthus's time, world population has grown from…
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Kenya tensions spike amid electoral dispute
By  • 13 October 2017
A decade ago a disputed presidential election in Kenya led to violence that left more than 1,400 people dead and forced 600,000 from their homes. Now political tensions are again running high after another disputed…
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