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Havana and Washington: On African Time?

Was it ever in doubt that the first African American president of the United States would wish to crown his legacy by normalizing relations with the most African island in…..

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Nelson Mandela and how we talk about the state in Africa

The first point to recognize is that most states in Africa were formed as a consequence of independence struggles. State power followed long and bitter anti-colonial struggles, with the promise not only of building a nation, but also enabling a public sphere. The consequences of these struggles have had an enduring and lasting effect on the political formation of the state in Africa. The second is that many of these states came into being at the height of the Cold War. And the ideological struggles of the Cold War have had devastating consequences for the shape of African politics.

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Music Break. Dengue Fever

A lot of music we like don’t come from Africa. Like this one from Dengue Fever, the California-Cambodia combo: an Indonesian protest song “Gendjer Gendjer.”

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Photographer Liz Johnson-Artur‘s images illustrates a piece by Sarah Bentley in the latest issue of Nigerian magazine, ARISE, on Russian nationals of mixed Russian and African descent. Those profiled in…..

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America has 'blood on our hands' in Congo

Author Adam Hochschild interviewed by PBS program, Need to Know, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Congo’s first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. A conspiracy of American, Belgian and…..

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'Boers and Bantus'

This is a find. A while back the “History” page of the Dutch TV channel, VPRO–one of my favorite sites–posted some classic video from a show, “Boeren en Bantoes” (Boers…..

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FW de Klerk’s version of history

Recently Guardian journalist Gary Younge reminded me of an interview he did with FW de Klerk, the ast Apartheid President of South Africa in 1999 while De Klerk was promoting…..