Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Newt Gingrich goes to Africa

News that New Gingrich and his third wife, Callista, are going on vacation from his campaign to become the next US president in 2o12, reminded us of the time Newt and Callista went to Africa. In the video, above, Newt talks about how when he was a boy, he wanted to work with the natural world.

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Why Now?

Perry Anderson in The New Left Review: The odious cast of the regimes in place has persisted unaltered for decades, without triggering mass revolts against them. The timing of the...

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Swaziland’s Turn

Bill Minter of AfricaFocus Bulletin previews tomorrow’s pro-democracy protests in autocratic Swaziland: Demonstrations planned for Tuesday April 12 in Swaziland are probably the most ambitious effort yet in sub-Saharan Africa to spark a pro-democracy surge comparable to...

Monday, March 14th, 2011

African women’s visual narratives

If you’re in London, “Reflections on the Self ,” an exhibition of “African women’s visual narratives, as told through self-portraits and portraits of other women,” will be at the Royal Festival Hall till April 4th.  It features the...

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Apparently revolutions are not good for tourism

That used to be mainstream opinion in white South Africa and is what Tina Brown and her editors think about. What drove Newsweek’s editors to commission and publish a feature–in the latest issue–on “Five Places to See...

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Don’t mention Libya

Zimbabwe’s regime got so nervous about events in North Africa, that police arrested and tortured 45 people watching videotaped footage of the protests in Egypt. Meanwhile, other countries on the continent have a total news blackout on...

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Where does Africa end and the Middle East begin?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Islam in Africa

In early March 2010, members of H-Net Africa, an academic listserv, received a posting from one Moshe Terdman announcing the launch of a new blog called “Islam in Africa Watch.”  Terdman claimed that “the knowledge about Islam...

Friday, March 19th, 2010

‘To Stay Illegally or To Die”

I am not sure about the ethics involved in making this film or how truthful the experiences of British journalist Sorious Samura are, but “Living with Illegals,” his 50 minute documentary (made for British television) is depressing...

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

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