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October 22, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
A study relating climate to conflict in East African nations finds that increased rainfall dampens conflict while unusually hot periods can cause a flare-up, reinforcing the theory that climate change will cause increased scarcity in the region. The study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Politicians and many scientists have called climate change a security risk, based on the idea that unusual variations in weather are likely to put immense strain on rural societies dependent on farming and livestock for survival.
February 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Maersk Alabama, featured in the movie “Captain Phillips,” has left the Seychelles after authorities completed the investigation into the deaths of two Americans, one of whom was a former Navy SEAL. On Tuesday, two Americans were found dead in a cabin on the ship, berthed in Port of Victoria in the island nation of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Neither officials nor the company have said what happened. “Maersk Alabama was cleared to leave the Seychelles when the authorities completed their onboard investigation,” company spokesman Kevin N. Speers said in an e-mailed statement.
August 23, 2007 | Janet Eastman
Swahili Chic The Feng Shui of Africa Bibi Jordan Insight Editions, $50 Two features distinguish this new offering from the flood of design books already on shelves: It has a foreword by paleontologist Richard Leakey, who says, "I find of particular interest the use of contemporary examples -- residences that have been built afresh or old structures refurbished to provide modern living convenience."
December 4, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
That's the suggestion buried within this item from Reuters. The item reports that Peugeot closed its assembly plant in Nigeria some years ago, and that " Africa's growing middle-class" has shifted out of Peugeot sedans and into Toyota Land Cruisers as status symbols. If this is so, it's proper to mark the end of an era. To old hands in East, South and West Africa, the Peugeot 504 was a familiar sight on highways, byways, dirt roads and mud flats. Our family acquired one shortly after arriving in Nairobi in 1988, and it served us for nearly five years, surviving indescribably potholed roads and one broadsiding by a couple of joyriders from Kenya President Moi's personal motor escort.
January 12, 1989 | From Reuters
The U.N. World Food Program said Wednesday that it will provide emergency food worth $29.1 million to nearly 1.7 million refugees in East Africa. The organization said it is sending more than 42,000 tons of food to Ethiopia to help 420,000 people fleeing civil war in Sudan and a further 350,000 refugees from Somalia.
January 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A suspected Tanzanian Al Qaeda operative arrested in Pakistan in July for his alleged role in two 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa has been handed over to American officials and flown out of the country, security officials said. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was moved months ago, but the officials said they didn't know where he was taken. Ghailani had been indicted in New York in the bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.
May 14, 2005 | Charles Piller, Times Staff Writer
A genetic study of leprosy has found that the bacterium behind the disfiguring disease probably originated thousands of years ago in East Africa, rather than India, as previously assumed. The study, in the current issue of the journal Science, looked at 175 samples of the leprosy microbe from 21 nations. The researchers found that leprosy had changed little over thousands of years -- all cases fit into four subtypes.
July 22, 1988 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
In Lucas Oyango's village, they needed to refer only to "the disease." For sleeping sickness was familiar to almost every family. Periodically, it turned the villagers into nomads, forcing them across the border into Tanzania. "They were driven away because of the flies," Oyango said. Years later, one family returned with 10 head of cattle to hitch to their two plows. Before the crops could even be planted, the disease had killed all the animals.
November 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kennell A. Jackson Jr., 64, a Stanford University history professor considered a pioneer in the study of East Africa, died Monday of pulmonary fibrosis at Stanford Hospital. "He was especially interested in the interpretation of the first generation of African nationalist leaders," said history professor Richard Roberts, a Stanford colleague, who added that Jackson's work in African history provided a foundation for numerous scholars who followed him.
Seldom have Africans been asked, and asked themselves, to make so much progress so quickly. Two revolutions, one political and one economic, are under way in East Africa--the result of external pressures from donor nations in the West and internal demands from young Africans for better lives than history has so far given them. If it succeeds, this part of the continent could prove a whole school of African doomsayers wrong.
October 18, 2013 | By Shan Li
Oil giant Occidental Petroleum Corp. said Friday it plans to sell off its minority stake in the Middle East and North Africa region along with other assets in an effort to boost shareholder value. The Los Angeles company, which is one of the largest oil producers in the country, said those decisions come as part of a push to streamline operations and improve profitability. “Our goal is to become a somewhat smaller company with more manageable exposure to political risk,” Stephen I. Chazen, Occidental's chief executive, said in a statement.
October 17, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
The gunmen appear calm, almost nonchalant as they saunter through a Kenyan shopping mall firing automatic rifles. Terrified shoppers dive for cover as bullets streak by. Security camera video obtained by CNN from the Westgate mall in Nairobi provides chilling new details of the attack last month that claimed the lives of at least 67 civilians and soldiers and injured many more. During hours of video from the first day of a four-day siege, only four attackers are seen, all of them men, CNN reported . PHOTOS: Westgate mall attack A man lying in a pool of blood attempts to crawl to safety.
August 11, 2013
A worldwide travel alert issued Aug. 2 by the U.S. State Department warns Americans to be alert to "the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. " On July 25, the State Department issued a travel warning for Saudi Arabia, telling Americans "to fully consider the risks of traveling" to that country, citing security threats because of terrorist groups, "some affiliated with Al Qaeda, who may target Western interests.
August 7, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Last year, in the heat of his campaign, President Obama boasted that he had put Al Qaeda "on the path to defeat. " This year, with 19 U.S. consulates and embassies closed and the State Department issuing vague warnings against travel anywhere in the world, Al Qaeda suddenly seems resurgent - and as frightening as ever. So which is it: defeated or resurgent? Neither, really. Al Qaeda hasn't gone away, but it has changed - in a way that makes it less dangerous for Americans at home, but more dangerous for Americans who live in the Middle East and Africa.
June 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When a newly elected President Obama zipped through Africa in 2009, he was given a hero's welcome on the continent of his father's birth. This week, after four years away and few major initiatives aimed at Africa, Obama will return as a prodigal son. Initial euphoria over the election of the first African American U.S. president has given way to disappointment with his perceived lack of interest and action on issues in Africa not related to America's security.
June 16, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
As the same-sex marriage debate continues throughout the U.S., another front in the battle over gay rights has emerged thousands of miles away in the East African nation of Uganda, where in 2009 a bill was drafted that would impose the death penalty for certain homosexual behavior and prison time for anyone failing to report gays to the authorities. In Uganda and throughout parts of Africa, many believe homosexuality to be an imported Western evil, part of a so-called gay agenda.
July 20, 1986 | ANN PURCELL and CARL PURCELL, The Purcells are professional photographers.
Having made more than 15 combined trips to East Africa, we consider it one of the most visually exciting destinations in the world. Today the visitor can "bring 'em back alive" on film or videotape. Experience has taught us what one needs to know in planning for a photo tour of Kenya and we want to share that knowledge with you. Starting with the basics: Carry two camera bodies and at least two zoom lenses, one ranging from about 28 to 90mm and the other from about 70 to 210mm.
October 22, 1989 | BARBARA KRAUS and WILLIAM KRAUS, The Krauses are free-lance writers and photographers living in San Luis Obispo. and
Beneath a star-dusted sky we huddled on a log at the edge of the Usao Nyiro River, not yet ready to call it a night. On the far side of the river, aided by light from the nearby lodge, we could see a leopard stretching his spotted body--legs dangling--over a limb of a thorn tree. His twitching tail signaled that he was scanning the horizon in search of a Thomson's gazelle, his preferred entree. It was a classic safari scene.
June 6, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Richard Rowley's documentary "Dirty Wars" is a sobering account of acclaimed journalist Jeremy Scahill's reporting on the war on terror in the Middle East and Africa, and the effect its clandestine operations have had not just on those shaken by its violence but also on Scahill himself. He's the increasingly weary, die-hard truth-seeker covering a military/political apparatus built on shielding those truths from the American public. Narrated by Scahill, author of a blistering expose of Blackwater and the private military contractor's role in the Iraq war, and a more recent book, also called "Dirty Wars," the film takes an atypically personal approach to a doc genre that has rarely needed more than grim footage, testimonials from victims and an omniscient narrator to generate interest and/or outrage in America's win-at-all-costs approach to its enemies.
March 23, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Stephen Miller traveled from Dubai to Cape Town, South Africa, in December aboard Oceania's Nautica cruise ship. During a stop in Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, Miller photographed the sail of a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel common in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. "I have always been fascinated by dhows and their sails ever since I lived in East Africa for one year approximately 40 years ago," he said. The Murrieta resident used an Olympus E-620. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
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