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My Second Published Book: Perils of Drugs in West Africa

Book Description When a 2007 United Nations report cited West Africa as the new front for cocaine trafficking by South American Drug Barons, media reports have linked several governments to the trade. Some analysts linked political instability in a few West African countries to the cocaine trade as root causes. ... read more

Binneh Minteh

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A First for Marame and Me

  It is rare in life that we genuinely witness a first—your first friend to get married, your nephew’s first steps, your friend’s first time seeing snow—which is likely what makes all firsts so special. Today, while working from home, I was lucky enough to observe one.   Initially everything ... read more

Amy Rizzotto

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Running Your Mouth

Sometimes I get frustrated with how measured American politicians are when they step in front of a podium to drop their rhetoric. 'Where is the authenticity? Say what you mean!' My discontent with the systemic oratory restraint of our representatives has recently been quelled by the flip side of the ... read more

Amy Rizzotto

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An Unassuming Paradise

Ah, the power of positive thinking. I truly believe you can find paradise anywhere. It could be a beautiful beach resort in the Dominican Republic, your mom's garden in the spring, or a cement roof top deck in the middle of dusty, dirty Dakar. I know that there are parts ... read more

Amy Rizzotto

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Mba da: A week on the Mauritanian boarder

From the window of the sept-place, I watched green baobabs scatter and disappear into the dust. I felt the assumptions about what I expected to do and see rattling around in my brain as we careened past everything I was familiar with in Senegal. During that long ride north, I began to understand that my stay in ... read more

Darcy Milburn

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Quotidien: Media and Democracy in Senegal

  Flicking the fish bone form my fingers, I looked up to the television screen where the reporter was looking, rather nervously, into the camera and into the salons of Senegalese across the country. It was clear that this was no ordinary newscast- the reporter was agitated, a sheen of ... read more

Darcy Milburn

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Sisters in Faith: Reflection on Inter-Religious Dialogue in Senegal

 “Although Senegal is 95% Muslim, Senegalese Muslims and the Catholic minority coexist peacefully.” Before visiting Senegal, I had read this statement many times without believing it. It was a piece of information that I had acquired and repeated to Catholic relatives to assuage fears about my visit; and I did ... read more

Darcy Milburn

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Hip-Shaking Required: Dance Programs Abroad

  If my study abroad program had required me to dance for academic credit, I never would have graduated. My "dancing" is more aptly described as “lurching.” But, for those of you who are not rhythm-impaired, there are some exciting new study abroad programs that will satisfy your yen for ... read more

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Getting Around

Be bargain savvy

Amy Rizzotto

01 Feb 2010

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If you are planning to travel to a West African country, be ready to strap on your bargaining boots. Whether you want a banana or a piece of African art, chances are you are going to have to negotiate the price. Here are three bargaining rules to live by: (1) Feign disinterest and never show how bad you want it. I don't care if you found the perfect painting for your sister's wedding gift, showing your desire instantaneously gives them the upper hand. (2) In general, pay 1/3 of the original price they quote you. (3) If you really want it, get it. Don't walk away out of pride if it is something you will regret not having purchased. Trust me, I speak from experience. Follow these rules and you will be bargain savvy in no time.

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Must Do

An oasis of calm in Dakar: the Mamelles Lighthouse

Christopher Duffy

03 Jul 2009

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Dakar is filled with honking taxis, screeching tires, beating drums and the shouts of vendors. Needless to say, every once in awhile, you might want a bit of peace and quiet. By far, the best spot to relax in Dakar is the Mamelles Lighthouse (Phare des Mamelles). As you climb the winding road to the lighthouse, you'll feel Dakar's hectic pace dropping away. At the top, there's a 360 degree panoramic view of the city. To one side, the ocean. To the other, Dakar's plush Almadies suburb. Behind you is downtown. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, enjoy the moment.

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Religion

Long skirts are required in Touba!

Mary Slosson

05 Nov 2009

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Any woman visiting the traditional and very religious city of Touba should note that pants are not allowed. Women must wear ankle-length skirts, and are encouraged to dress conservatively. The city is independently administered by religious authorities, much like an African version of Mecca. No alcohol, weapons, cigarettes, loud music, or immodesty allowed! My research partner and I discovered this rule by accident after arriving in pants. We were (briefly) detained by religious authorities and had to pay for a man to go to the main market and buy us long skirts. They're nice about it, but it's best to have as little interaction with the "poste de controle" as possible!

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