Friday, October 15th, 2010

Time To Vote

Today marks 85 days until the scheduled southern Sudan referendum for independence, the significance of which cannot be overstated. Just ask George Clooney, new special adviser on Sudan to presidents and policymakers alike. The two-time Sexiest Man Alive notwithstanding, the next 85 days will be crucial. And while no one can predict what they will

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

The Worse Rapper on The Internets?

That’s the only way to explain the “career” of  the really bad rapper, Bangs (Sudan-born, Australian-based), that includes doing TV commercials, being mocked as “The 11th Hottest Rapper in the Game,” getting interviewed by hip hop journalists, and...

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...

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Darfur to Brooklyn

On Sunday “The New York Times” published a photo essay on the daily lives of the approximately 300 immigrants from the Darfur region of Sudan who live in Kensington, Brooklyn. The images are by Dave Sanders, “a...

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The Soap Bar

Sudanese went to the polls yesterday and will do so again today in two days of voting for a new president or in the case of a depressing scenario that the controversial incumbent, Omar Al-Bashir, gets another...

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Vote Sudan

Sudanese voters go to the polls from Sunday, 11 April through 13 April.  The election results seems a foregone conclusion. Omar Al-Bashir will probably win given his control of state media, opposition parties are boycotting the elections...

Monday, December 28th, 2009


Just before Christmas “The New York Times ” led its sports section with a story about Ater Majok, a future University of Connecticut baskeball player born in Sudan but educated in Australia and the US, with the...

Friday, November 27th, 2009

10 Music Videos for the Weekend

Since it is Friday, I might as well put up a few music videos. First up is the Kano remix of The Very Best’s “Julia” (remember earlier this year’s excellent “The Warm Heart of Africa” album?):

Friday, November 13th, 2009


Remember the Sudanese woman who was arrested and tried for wearing a jeans? Now this: Nigerian star Stephen Worgu, who plays in Sudan, has been convicted of drinking alcohol and has been sentenced to be flogged. Worgu...

Friday, September 25th, 2009


The Onion lampoons US-based Darfur-focused pressure groups. One question to the panel: How can the people of Darfur thank Americans? Best response: “I would like a clay pot.”

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...

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Betting on Africa

These celebrities want to gamble and hang out. So they say they want to save Africans.

Friday, August 7th, 2009


A former graduate student of mine, Will, runs an irreverent blog KABOBFEST on matters pertaining to the Middle East and the Arab Diaspora. Earlier this week, Will gave his take on the case of the Sudanese media...

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