Hunger in Africa

For the last few weeks, we have seen numerous stories on the news about the latest famine in Africa.  The photos are heartbreaking and the problems seem too huge for one person to make a difference.  But one person can.  And you can help on a daily basis for free.Go to:  http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=1...more

Famine in Somalia

Somalia is facing a food crisis and famine. Al Shabab, a group aligned with Al Qaeda, forced Western aid organizations out of the country in 2010 during the worst drought that they had experienced in sixty years. This month, Shabab pulled out of the capital of Mogadishu....more

Our Dependence & Our Dependents

If you are paying attention to news and economics you will eventually come across people warning about a financial calamity on the horizon.      These dooms-dayers are advising that we stock up on gold, learn to grow our own vegetables, buy a goat, get a few chickens, and ready our weapons.   They claim that dark days are upon us. ...more

My most memorable moments from 2008 -- From famine in Africa to watching my brother win a medal at the Olympics

It has been a fantastic year. Four continents, multiple countries, many stories, both tears and laughter and everything in between. I'll just touch upon a few of my most memorable moments from the year, the bulk of which I spent in East Africa and traveling around the region. Near Ruhengeri, Rwanda ...more

Balancing the good news out of Africa versus the bad - a foreign reporter's perspective

  Lake Victoria "Oh you mzungu's," (mzungu basically means white person in Swahili) a skeptical Kenyan journalist said to me. "You just tell bad stories about us here. There is never any good news." ...more

I read this post about a week ago on your blog - it's interesting to think about the balance ...more

Out of Africa and into Canada

     I apologize, dear readers, for falling off the face of this earth. I have to admit I've been a bit confused about what  to do with my blog when I'm back in Canada (hopefully for a short time). So if you'll ...more

No feast, but famine. How has it all gone so terribly wrong?

  Let's face the ugly truth - famines haven't been "hot" since the BBC's Michael Buerk and Ethiopia in 1984. And it was an inspirational time, at least according to his book. The coverage of that famine led to one of largest outpourings of support and inspired the Band Aid charity record. There was hope, there was money, and the efforts were thought to have saved an estimated six million Ethiopians from dying. ...more