Not sure if this more about Seun Kuti‘s desire to sell more units of his latest album out on Monday (he has been talking a lot the last few days), but he has a way with words:

I’d been following events in Tunisia for months. In Libya, people are fighting for freedom from Gaddafi – but with Western influence. And Britain is Gaddafi’s biggest arms supplier; he has houses all  over Europe … You want to help African people – why don’t you stop African rulers from stashing their wealth in your countries?… I think a better way for the British and US governments is to load their planes full of my albums and drop them on Libya.


For a debate on the hard issues, see here.

Further Reading

Ça chauffe à Bamako de

The heat is on in Bamako. The political crisis in Mali is moving so fast, by the time you write something things have moved on. But’s here’s a good backgrounder by a historian of Mali.

A debased tradition

What continuities can be drawn from the murder of Ahmed Timol in apartheid Johannesburg to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis? Wamuwi Mbao unpacks the debased tradition of police murdering civilians.

Independence Day

The labor and political organizing of Somali immigrants in the US Midwest should inspire more Americans to join the broader movement for worker rights and racial equality.