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May 31, 2016 Don’t blame smugglers for migrants’ deaths on the Mediterranean–the blood is on Europe’s hands

QUOTE: refugees and migrants from sub-Saharan countries, Maghreb and the Middle East are only dying in the Mediterranean because we have given them no alternative. Politicians call for smugglers to receive harsh punishments when its regulations are what keeps them in business—it’s unacceptable hypocrisy....Migration, not just asylum, is a human right. So far we’ve done a decent job of granting this right to the world’s rich, who also happen, with few exceptions, to be white. But for everyone else, this right does not seem to exist.

Feb 15, 2011 Bedouin Smugglers Abuse Africans Held for Ransom, Israel Group Says

QUOTE: About 1,000 African migrants trying to cross the Sinai Desert from Egypt into Israel have been systematically beaten, raped and held captive for ransom in the past year by the Bedouin smugglers they hired to help them make the journey, an Israeli advocacy organization said Tuesday.

New York Times
Jan 27, 2011 Ugandan gay rights activist bludgeoned to death

QUOTE: It was unclear whether Kato's killing was linked to his gay rights activism or a front-page story in a Ugandan tabloid that reignited anti-gay sentiments late last year.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 21, 2010 African Farmers Displaced as Investors Move In

QUOTE: Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land. Despite their ageless traditions, stunned villagers are discovering that African governments typically own their land and have been leasing it, often at bargain prices, to private investors and foreign governments for decades to come.

New York Times
Jan 03, 2006 As Rural Ethiopians Struggle, Child Labor Can Mean Survival

QUOTE: Across sub-Saharan Africa, according to U.N. research, one-third of all children younger than 14 go to work each day, making a stark jump past childhood and into responsibilities that their peers in the West don't have to think about for years.

Washington Post
Nov 22, 2005 Kenyans Calmly Vote on New Charter: Quiet Prevails After Tumultuous Campaign; Changes Would Boost President

QUOTE: Until recently [in Kenya--Ed.], tribal tensions had decreased under Kibaki's rule. But the constitutional campaign revived them...

Washington Post