Blog by Sarah Crozier

avatarOriginally from Canada, Sarah Crozier recently returned to the US after serving with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia. She has worked as a journalist and media advocate in the U.S. and Middle East.


Africa VS the ICC – Are there more war criminals in Africa?

By Sarah Crozier on June 26, 2015

AP

An aircraft said to be carrying Mr Bashir takes off from an air base near Pretoria on Monday

Al-Bashir has escaped the clutches of the International Criminal Court (ICC) … again.

Leaving South Africa on his private jet after attending the African Union Summit last week, the President of Sudan, accused of war crimes over his conduct in the Darfur region, somehow felt safe enough to attend an event hosted by a signatory to the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the ICC in 2002.

So what is the deal? Are Africans willfully ignoring the ICC, or is the ICC just that incompetent?…

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With FIFA scandal, let Africans speak out

By Sarah Crozier on June 15, 2015

1HR Sports News

Issa Hayatou and Sepp Blatter

With the resignation of Sepp Blatter coming just four days after his fifth re-election to the head of FIFA, many are wondering what is in store for Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Some are saying he should be next in line for the head of FIFA, which will most likely vote another leader in by the spring. An obvious next choice, given FIFA’s commitment, especially under Blatter, to developing football programs across the global south nations.

But others across the media and twitterverse are calling for his resignation next — as an even longer incumbent and steeped just as deeply in scandal and allegations of corruption.…

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A Rundown of Upcoming African Elections

By Sarah Crozier on May 15, 2015

Sarah Crozier | Africa Agenda

From the Electoral Commision of Nambia.
Nambia was the first African nation to use electronic voting machines in its November 2014 Presidential Elections.

Here is a quick summary of some of the elections happening across the African continent in 2015. For a full list, click here.

 

Country:

Benin

Election:

Members for the National Assembly (April 2015)

Why it Matters:

Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi has said that he will not seek a third term when his current time in office ends in 2016. However, a major constitutional reform proposition is to take the two-term limit off the table, potentially giving Yayi the ability to run again.…

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A New Round of Predictions for Africa

By Sarah Crozier on May 4, 2015

ISS

Pardee Center “Power and Influence in Africa” video, which uses predictive software to compare rising African states.

The World Bank has published its 2015-16 growth projections for the African continent, citing declining oil and commodity prices as the reason for a slowdown in gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the next year.

The Africa’s Pulse Report notes that continent-wide, GDP growth will slow to four percent from an average of 4.5 percent in 2014. However, this is a slower decline than originally predicted, noting that commodity based economies are not the “kiss of death” previously thought. Only two economies are predicted to contract over the next two years, according to International Monetary Fund reports.…

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Disease and Wildlife: Can African Reports Offer More?

By Sarah Crozier on April 19, 2015

CBS News

Correspondent Lara Logan from the 60 Minutes Ebola Report

CBS’s 60 Minutes has an “African problem.” After being lambasted three weeks ago in a public letter to the organization, penned by Columbia School of Journalism professor and former New York Times reporter Howard French and signed by over 150 other journalists and professors, CBS is struggling to defend its coverage of the Ebola outbreak.

The letter criticizes 60 Minutes Correspondent Lara Logan’s report saying, “In that broadcast, Africans were reduced to the role of silent victims.”

The basis of the complaint is Logan’s piece. In reporting on Liberian Ebola victims, she never actually interviews them or their national counterparts in the health field.…

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