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Why does the media focus on reporting bad news from Africa and what impact does it have? asks Simon Birch

Pretesting Kigali RwandwaDisaster, disease and disorder: for decades now our TVs and newspapers have been flled with the latest unfolding debacle in Africa. How many times have we watched grim-faced reporters broadcast live from equally grim, fy-infested refugee camps?
The trouble is that whilst there’s nothing made up about the horrors of Darfur, the reality is that they’re not happening everywhere in Africa, as Baffour Ankomah, editor of New African magazine points out: “British people could be forgiven for thinking that Africa is the sum of what they see on TV and in newspapers so that they think that all of Africa is suffering. But this isn’t true.”

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Teach Men That Women Are In Control Of Women

Zerlina MaxwellI am troubled by how many men choose to be stubbornly stupid when it comes to the issue of rape. Why is it so hard to grasp that when a man violates a woman and her body, the man is to blame? Because he violated her; because no means no; because no matter what a woman is wearing or anything else a man views as “suggestive,” if a woman doesn’t want you, then you back the hell away from her. Why is this such a hard concept to grasp?

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