Author: Sterling Carter

Bringing West Africa to South Sudan

In South Sudan, all of us were reminded of the African continent's sprawling size and rich diversity....

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Expanding Worlds : Across the Sheer Size of Africa

Like my wallet, I'm holding cultural currencies with bills from over twenty African nations. ...

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South Sudan : Towards Redemption, Towards Peace

They wanted peace, a chance to return to their homes....

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West Africa Redux : Twenty Kinds of Awesome in Africa

'whenever I mention Mali, Ghana, or Sierra Leone, the inevitable question is usually, "What was your favorite place?"'...

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Death on an Imagined Afternoon

One of the things I like most about Nigeria is that I’ve lost the sense of security that seems to pervade all of life in the United States....

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Lesotho Breaks, Lesotho Mends. Africa by Bike

'The longer that I’m on the bike, the more it becomes an extension of myself' ...

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Bicycling Lesotho : Headed North

Intentions of making it through Lesotho before the snows came have come to naught....

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Hills, Wind and Rain

After surviving two days of these winds to finally crawl into Hermanus, I'm extra cautious. I respect the winds. Nay, I fear them. Cycling essay, Lesotho...

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Cast of Characters : The Kid [South Africa]

The simplicity that exists in the Andy Griffith Show or maybe Leave it to Beaver still exists in the small town life in the Cape...

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Cast of Characters : The Mad Cop [Lesotho]

Tattooed on his meaty forearm was a swastika, black, encircled in blood red. He could wrap his hand around my forearm....

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Passes! Africa by Bike

The longer I'm on the bike, the more existential the ride seems to get....

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Lost in Lesotho

For a time, I thought about hitching my way back up to Ha Lejone, to save my pride and deny that Lesotho had truly beaten me....

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Make the Money, Change the Game [Part 2]

There's little to prepare you for paying for a drink and getting your change in three different currencies....

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Make the Money, Change the Game

If one had to buy diesel for a car or generator, it was best to buy in the morning, prices could increase many times over by afternoon....

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Naked from the Waist Down

'No matter how well prepared you are, you can’t predict all the uncertainties.' A half-naked man proves a metaphor for travel in Africa....

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Death of a Salesman – Harare Style

In Zimbabwe... relationships are still alive, still important. They’re the only thing that carried so many through such trying times....

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Religion: The River of the World

For the majority of Zimbabweans, however, Sunday is a day of praise and worship, a day that lasts all day whether you like it or not. ...

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Tito Mojito and the Wealth of Nations

Work all day, work all night, and study into the wee hours of the morning. In a country like Zimbabwe, you do what you have to do...

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On the Right Side of the Tracks

Wait, what? We can climb on top of the trains?...

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Check Your Privilege

It’s become a ubiquitous phrase – Check Your Privilege – one that may both encourage and stifle debate, but what is privilege and how does it change?...

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Genocide and Its Aftermath

In two days, the world will mark the 20-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Let's hope history isn't repeating in CAR....

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Sanctions vs. Tax Havens in the New Cold War

As long as tax havens reign, Western sanctions will have little effect on Russian aggression....

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Sarcasm, Cynicism, and International Relativism

Cynicism and sarcasm don't have a place in international affairs. Let's fight for what's right....

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Boycott! Divest! Sanction! Israel and You

Israeli settlements have come under fire from the BDS Movement. Will the boycotts and sanctions push the country towards a peace deal?...

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Football, Freedom, America

Last Sunday, America played America in the most American football freedom thing you can ever watch because AMERICA....

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Macklemore’s Grammy Gold

After pop rapper Macklemore took Grammy gold, many are crying cultural appropriation. ...

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Tinariwen : Emmaar

Emmaar is a journey narrative, a walk with the Tuareg nomads through their desert home....

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The Drug Dealers and Their Money Men

Legal marijuana dispensaries can't deposit their money, despite the fact that American banks have conspired with violent drug cartels for years. ...

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Touring Mbare Township (Part 2)

It’s a common problem I've encountered in Zimbabwe. If there’s one person there who is staunchly pro-Mugabe, he or she dominates the conversation, cowing others into quiet agreement....

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Cleantech Crash? Why Government Should Go Green

The government has a definite role to play in the promotion of new green technologies and energy sources, no matter what budget hawks like to think....

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