While we would like to go full steam year round, the fact that we have day jobs (for example, I work as a professor), means we have to take a break from the site every summer. To recharge our batteries. Officially we went on break Friday, July 16th (we set up you up with a Sierra Leone-connected mix). However, in honor of one of our patron saints, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (not the Hollywood version, but the more radical, contradictory Mandela) whose birthday it is today (he would have been 98 years old), we’re making the break official. Don’t worry, we’ll cook up some stuff for the fall and we’ll be back on September 1. In the meantime, you can go potter around the website and catch up on our archive. If you have really bad withdrawal symptoms, check in occasionally at our social media media (Facebook here, here and here, Instagram and Twitter here, here and here). See you in the Fall.
As market vendors are beaten and the sick unable to move to hospitals, the wealthy prepare for the long-haul in their solar-powered homes.
South Africa mustn’t forget the public—and that includes migrants and refugees—in its public health response to COVID-19.
Did Frantz Fanon ask Léopold Sedar Senghor for a job in 1953? And what might have happened to postcolonial psychiatry in Senegal if Senghor had given him one?
What are the roles of the African Union and the African Center for Disease Control in responding to COVID-19?
South Africa’s Human Rights Day (originally Sharpeville Day) holds a special place in the nation’s history.
COVID-19 isn’t simply a medical or epidemiological crisis; it is a crisis of sovereignty.
COVID-19 presents an unprecedented threat, but a campaign by South Africa’s security forces attempting to grind defenseless people into dust does not guarantee success.
Public anxiety grows over “prosperity preachers” who have dominated the religious landscape in South Africa and across the continent.
Imagining a utopian, unified African federation not divided by colonial era borders or neocolonial interventions.
This crisis has further emphasized the neglect of Kenya’s poor by the government, and is therefore “a wake up call that we are on our own.”
Among the books historian Tallie has on his reading list is one about the food of the American Old South—“… a forgotten Little Africa but nobody speaks of it that way.”
The evolution of techno, from within Detroit’s African-American community to Kampala, Uganda.
Au crépuscule du règne de Ouattara en Côte d’Ivoire.
We know what will happen with this new virus, and so I cannot blissfully self-isolate.
A new book explores the rationale of Israel’s efforts to expand its influence on the African continent.
Coronavirus and the problematic perception of migrants as health threats.
What lessons can we learn for today from the 2008-09 cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe?
Why we need to make climate action our daily duty.
A new effort to block chocolate imports from Cote d’Ivoire to the US brings attention to cocoa’s problematic supply chain.
In the 1960s, Algiers was a beacon for worldwide liberation movements. What happened to its rebellious spirit?