How Did Synanon Evolve From California’s Utopia to a Cult?

A new documentary premiered on Paramount+ on December 12th. It chronicles Cassidy Arkin’s journey to discover the truth about Synanon, the experimental California community that turned into a full-blown cult. We interviewed Arkin and her mother Sandra Rogers-Hare about their experience living in Synanon, where interactions were regulated by the Game. [responsive id=’49912′ name=’2023/12/Salmagundi-Cass-Blanche.jpg’] WhyContinue reading “How Did Synanon Evolve From California’s Utopia to a Cult?”

Why I Chose To Dedicate My Life to Helping Boys in Uganda

This American woman’s journey tells a story that doesn’t fit the white savior complex many Africans have come to resent. For most people, it’s hard to comprehend that certain boys living on the streets of Uganda and a white upper-middle-class Jewish girl from New Jersey could be kindred spirits. But that is what we are.Continue reading “Why I Chose To Dedicate My Life to Helping Boys in Uganda”

This young doctor is looking to transform Africa’s health systems

After coming face-to-face with the challenges besetting a chronically under-funded health system, Dr Maxwell Okoth decided it was time for change. He was 25-years old and working as an intern at a public hospital in central Kenya when he came face-to-face with the enormity of the challenges besetting his country’s health system. “We would beContinue reading “This young doctor is looking to transform Africa’s health systems”

The Potential For Putting Women and Girls at the Center of the Malaria Fight

Growing up, I did not consider malaria a serious threat. To me, and my friends and family, malaria was simply an inconvenient illness that people got, like the flu. I have had malaria several times, the last time merely a few weeks ago. But while malaria is treatable and preventable, it kills around 400,000 peopleContinue reading “The Potential For Putting Women and Girls at the Center of the Malaria Fight”

These New Perspectives on Africa Will Open Your Mind

With the pandemic raging on everywhere, some of the more interesting discussions taking place remain online. Even though many people have been complaining about Zoom fatigue, there are quite a few newly engaging ways to meet interesting thinkers and doers online, with plenty of opportunities to hear from keynote speakers during plenaries and breakout sessions.Continue reading “These New Perspectives on Africa Will Open Your Mind”

Why There is Hope for the Sahel

A day after Chad’s president Idriss Déby died from combat wounds, we are publishing an opinion piece by Mabingué Ngom, the Regional Director of the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) in West and Central Africa. . To warn today of a possible storm in the Sahel does not amount to giving in to anyContinue reading “Why There is Hope for the Sahel”

We Have Launched TRUE Africa University!

We are proud to announce our latest venture, TRUE Africa University. [responsive id=’48493′ name=’2021/03/Screen-Shot-2021-03-23-at-10.06.58-AM-copy-2.jpg’] This is a soft launch, so we need your help to spread the word, but before you start telling your friends about the free educational materials on TRUE Africa, we would appreciate it if you took an hour on Thursdays (atContinue reading “We Have Launched TRUE Africa University!”

Why I Am Launching TRUE Africa University with an MIT Webinar Series

As a native son of Togo, I’ve always felt that I could, one day, help change the destiny of the African continent. When I was a child growing up in Lomé, I could see that some things were wrong with our educational system, most of which was imported from post-colonial France. In primary school, IContinue reading “Why I Am Launching TRUE Africa University with an MIT Webinar Series”

Could This UN Initiative Be a Silver Bullet in Fighting Chronic Malnutrition?

There are around 144 million chronically malnourished children in the world, and Covid-19 is making the situation worse in many developing countries. In Africa, the drive toward adequate nutrition could benefit from new solutions, and a bit of out-of-the-box thinking. The hidden costs to society—and to human capital—are enormous. When children do not eat theContinue reading “Could This UN Initiative Be a Silver Bullet in Fighting Chronic Malnutrition?”