5 minutes read February 15, 2015 Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar nominated ‘Timbuktu’ transcends the present Timbuktu, a new film from acclaimed Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako has won a string of international awards, is nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, and is a firm favorite to take the….. Read More 4 minutes read December 9, 2014 The Malian Crisis and the Disproportionate Focus on Manuscripts Years of humanitarian and political emergencies in the Western Sahel—including ongoing food and water shortages, secessionist movements, terrorism and outbreaks of disease—continue to go under the radar of most mainstream….. Read More 1 minute read November 3, 2014 WOW! Watch this little girl name the presidents of 30 countries Some people think that Africa is a country. Some people, such as the New York Times editors, think that Ivory Coast is two countries (see below). Many people struggle to….. Read More 5 minutes read October 27, 2014 Mali and Manhattan: “So Ebola’s in Manhattan. Now it’s touched my two homes.” So Ebola’s in Manhattan. Now it’s touched my two homes. Thursday we heard that the virus had made it to Mali, which I’d figured it would. How could it not?….. Read More 4 minutes read June 19, 2014 “How was Africa?” “Welcome back to civilization,” a family member said, slapping my shoulder. “How was Africa?” That was the refrain I encountered most frequently upon returning to the United States after conducting….. Read More 5 minutes read January 20, 2014 How a coup d’état drove a scholar to social media Call me a curmudgeon, but I had never really understood the value of social media. I didn’t see the point of mundane tweets and posts on the lives of the….. Read More 4 minutes read January 16, 2014 Mali (and France) a year later A year ago, on January 11, 2013, France launched Operation Serval, sending 4000 troops into Mali. At the time, many supported this intervention. According to one poll, as many as….. Read More ← Older posts ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.