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Negarra Akili

Negarra Akili is a US based writer, researcher, editor and translation whose interests lie squarely at the intersection of social policy and culture. To be more specific her primary intellectual and professional endeavors are located in the fields of cultural production and social and economic development; specifically education and labor. Her regional interests are situated in Africa (Francophone & Lusophone), the Americas and Europe (Spain, Portugal, Belgium & France)

Her work with GlobalVoices is an extension of the aforementioned activities and her personal belief that there is no sustainable progress without transformation and liberation.

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Latest posts by Negarra Akili

22 November 2013

Racism, the United Nations, and the Dutch Saint Nicholas Tradition

While the children of Belgium, The Netherlands and other European countries prepare for the arrival of Saint Nicholas on December 6, the shadow of racism hangs over this tradition.

11 August 2013

‘Red Wednesday’ Protests to Benin President: ‘Don't Touch My Constitution!’

The Red Wednesday movement is growing in Benin. Sinatou Saka explains why.

31 July 2013

Brazil's Vinegar Revolt Renews Police Demilitarization Debate

Some argue it is impossible for Brazil's military police, a leftover from from the country's dictatorship, to view the people as anything but the enemy.

24 October 2012

On the Challenges of Discussing Precarity in Africa

Despite robust signs of growth in Africa in 2012, precarity remains an ever-present problem right now for the majority of people living there. Inequalities are undoubtedly broadening but the very...

11 September 2012

Cuba: Blackout Leaves 5 Million People in the Dark

An interruption of an electrical transmission line left five million people from Pinar del Río to Camagüey, including the Cuban capital, Havana, in the dark. Various Twitter users residing in...

17 August 2012

Ecuador Reacts to Assange Asylum

"they talk so much about freedom of expression when in our own country IT DOESN'T EXIST!" - An Ecuadorian netizen criticizes the government's decision to grant asylum to the founder...

6 August 2012

Mexico: Ranchera Singer Chavela Vargas Dies

Ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, born in Costa Rica but of Mexican nationality, died on the afternoon of August 5 after respiratory arrest at the age of 93. After learning the...

6 May 2012

France: Reactions to Presidential Election Results in Photos

The 2012 French presidential election delivered its verdict on May 6, 2012. Francois Hollande collected 51.90% of the votes against 48.10% for incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy. Both happiness and sorrow...

26 April 2012

Panama: New Law Establishes Ministry of Culture

On April 24, 2012, the National Assembly of Panama approved yesterday the "Law of Culture", which among other things elevates the National Institute of Culture to the Ministry of Culture....

3 February 2012

Senegal: A Week of Living Dangerously

On January 31 in Senegal, the opposition came out in the streets to protest against a third term for incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade and other decisions taken by the country's...

2 September 2011

Blog Carnival: Mexico – Is There a Solution to This Violence?

Our final summary of the 'Blog Carnival: Mexico - Citizenry, Violence and Blogs', focuses on what bloggers think about the solutions the government and citizens are presenting to try to...

23 July 2011

Argentina: 17 Years After AMIA Attack, Case Remains Unsolved

July 18, 2011, commemorates one more year of the attack against the Israelite Argentinean Mutual Aid Association (AMIA) in 1994. Currently the case is open without resolution, yet the families...

15 July 2011

Peru: Transportation Strike in Lima: A Campaign Against the Mayor?

The mayor of Lima, Susana Villarán, has experienced an outpour of all kinds criticism at the six month mark of her term. A strike by transportation carriers on July 13...

6 July 2011

Cuba: Exciting First Meeting of Twitter Users in Havana

The first meeting of users of the social network Twitter was celebrated in Havana on July 1 at 4:00 pm at 23rd and 12th of the Vedado district and in...

27 June 2011

Argentina: River Plate Football Club Relegated to Second Division

River Plate, one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in Argentina and in the world suffered one of its worse defeats recently: on June 26 it tied with...

6 June 2011

Peru: Ollanta Humala Wins Elections According to Early Results

In Lima, Peru, the initial results of the presidential election vote count confirmed the tendency expressed in the exit polls: 52.6% for Ollanta Humala and 47.4% for Keiko Fujimori. Reactions...

4 June 2011

Peru: 2011 Elections: Reactions to Presidential Debate

The televised debate between the two candidates for the Peruvian presidency, Keiko Fujimori and Ollanta Humala, was closely followed on social networks. Some days after the debate, netizens are still...

1 June 2011

Peru: 2011 Elections: Candidates Tied, Peruvians Divided

The second round of presidential elections in Peru reaches its final leg in the midst of unresolved social conflict and polarization of the electorate that has not only generated public...

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