Blacked Out: Black Marginality and American Politics

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for two cases that could have major ramifications for black and brown Americans. One, Fisher vs. University of Texas, is a more-or-less standard “affirmative action is reverse racism” case that could potentially bar or severely restrict colleges and universities from considering race in the application process. The…

Development Politics in Ghana (Part 2)

After an extra day of voting due to long lines and technological failures and pending the results of an NPP court challenge, the NDC has come out on top in Ghana’s 2012 parliamentary and presidential election. This continues the electoral pattern that has emerged here since the 1992 conclusion of military rule in which one…

Development Politcs In Ghana (Part 1)

The bulk of Ghana’s electricity is generated by the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam on the Volta River. This means that as the Volta’s water levels rise or fall, so to does the availability of electricity throughout the country. Generally speaking, there isn’t enough electricity to go around.

Mitt Romney, Obama, and Money in Presidential Campaigns

Mitt Romney has been under some intense scrutiny lately as a result of recent revelations about his role in outsourcing American jobs and his personal offshore bank accounts. As a more detailed image of Romney’s financial track record has emerged it has become increasingly clear (as if it wasn’t clear already) that Romney is a…