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The Economist's Africa

In May 2000 The Economist ran a cover story: “Africa. The Hopeless Continent.” People talked about it for a while afterward. It spawned countless op-eds about Afro-pessimism and -optimism. It even became the basis for “Contemporary African Politics” college courses for a while. Now last week, they ran a feature cover where the magazine predict a more hopeful scenario for the continent’s 54 states.

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Weekend Special /July 1, 2011

* Damien Ma, at The Atlantic, blogs about a story on a Chinese website on “the growing phenomenon of Chinese men marrying African women, as Chinese presence in Africa continues…..

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China's Nigerian Pop Star

The Nigerian-born performer Emmanuel Uwechue, a k a Hao Ge, has risen to stardom singing in Mandarin Chinese. The New York Times.

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Chinese Invasion

Some researchers and academics bemoan Chinese colonisation of Africa. However, Wole Soyinka has a different take; during his conversation at Cape Town’s Book Lounge in August 2010 (during Cape Town’s…..

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Wax Poetics "Africa Issue" and Other Links

* I just got the Wax Poetics Africa Issue in the mail.  Though the issue may give the impression that good music stopped being produced in Africa since the 1970s–in…..

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CHINESE RACISM

I am cleaning out by ‘to blog’ folder. This story is worth checking out in the context of Chinese state corporations’ increased investment in Africa and the growing presence of…..

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HILLARY CLINTON IS A DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE

I won’t add much to the frustration with US media coverage of Hillary Clinton’s seven-nation African tour, except to link to a few sources. With few exceptions (NPR), US media…..