Six Degrees of Charles Taylor

The former Liberian warlord, who is being tried for war crimes, is in mainstream American news again this week:

He is a good friend of the opposition leader who has just been appointed the new transitional prime minister of Guinea-Conakry, Jean-Marie Dore. Not much else is known about the connection, but there you have it.

Then there’s the totally unrelated story that involves Taylor, the model Naomi Campbell, the actress Mia Farrow and one large rough-cut diamond.

Further Reading

Where the social is political

On 9 May 2017, residents of six neighborhoods across South Africa’s richest province, Gauteng, protested about lack of basic services, housing and employment. A local TV news crew captured the frustrations of a resident from Ennerdale, one of the affected neighborhoods: “When …

Hack, make, sell

How to change the erroneous perception of Africa as technology backwater. Go look, for example, at what the “Maker Movement” is doing in Ghana and Nigeria.

No more caricatures

Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.