Tag: Africa

Susan Rice Was a Diplomatic Disaster

In its 2011 World Report, Human Rights Watch noted the following about Ethiopia under the rule of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi: The ruling party had won parliamentary elections with 99.6 percent of the vote. Supporters of opposition parties endured months of constant intimidation. Journalists and human-rights activists had been forced to leave the country. And […]

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White Customers, Black Fabrics

The recent outpouring of support for Black-owned businesses has brought attention to fashion labels that work with African prints. The labels, many of them founded by West African designers living in the United States and Britain, are turning the traditional patterns of West African fabric into contemporary American silhouettes. “May was our biggest month ever, […]

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Remembering John Weeks

Yves here. We’ve featured some of John Weeks’ pieces over the years; he was prolific and energetic despite technically having retired. As you’ll see below, he also had extensive, direct experience in developing economies. That led ultimately to the University of London asking Weeks to establish a new Department of Development Studies with an existing […]

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Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Enslaved Docuseries, Which Chronicles the History of Human Trafficking

Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) A new Samuel L. Jackson project is coming our way, and it’s something pretty different from the tough-talking acting legend. Advertisement According to Variety, Jackson is starring in and executive producing a six-part docuseries titled Enslaved, which focuses on unlocking information about human trafficking “from Africa and the New World.” […]

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‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.

It begins with a mild fever and malaise, followed by a painful cough and shortness of breath. The infection prospers in crowds, spreading to people in close reach. Containing an outbreak requires contact tracing, as well as isolation and treatment of the sick for weeks or months. This insidious disease has touched every part of […]

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Amazing Artists From Africa I Learned About From Watching Africans Celebrate Them In Beyoncé’s Black Is King

Ghanian artist Shatta Wale in a scene from Black is King. Screenshot: @beyonce (Instagram I love Beyoncé. But more importantly, I really love when members of the global Black diaspora connect with each other. Advertisement It brings me joy to listen to Afrobeat, the genre that dominates the soundtrack for The Lion King which turned […]

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Zimbabwe Locks Down Capital, Thwarting Planned Protests

HARARE, Zimbabwe — When Robert Mugabe was ousted as president of Zimbabwe in a coup in 2017, many in the country hoped for an end to the repression and mismanagement that had characterized his 37 years in office. But when protesters tried to gather on Friday in the capital, Harare, the security services reacted in […]

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REVOLT TV Announces New Unscripted, Kenya-Based Series What’s Good Africa

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images) REVOLT TV, owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs, announced the premiere of a new half-hour unscripted show called What’s Good Africa. The series is part of REVOLT’s new partnership with What’s Good Networks and their production company, the award-winning What’s Good Studios, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Advertisement “Hip-hop is a global […]

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The Struggle for a New Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda — Brutal policing is a global crisis, but America’s favorite African strongman, Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s president since 1986, has deployed his own security forces to a particularly malign end: assaulting opposition parliamentary lawmakers to crush the democratic challenge he is facing. I speak from experience. I am a member of Uganda’s Parliament and […]

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Egypt Jailed Two TikTok Users for ‘Violating Family Values’

Mowada al-Adham and Haneen Hossam. Photos via Instagram.  Two young Egyptian TikTok stars and three associates were jailed for two years Monday, as part of a crackdown on “indecent” social media influencers. The two jailed influencers — Haneen Hossam, 20, and Mowada al-Adham, 22 — were convicted of violating Egyptian family values, inciting immorality and […]

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‘We Don’t Usually Have Light When the Classes Are On’ – How Coronavirus Made Nigeria’s Education Gap Worse

On the 27th of February, Nigeria confirmed its first case of COVID-19 when an Italian citizen in Lagos tested positive for the virus. Almost a month later, the Lagos State Government announced the closure of public and private schools as part of measures to control the pandemic. Likewise, the Federal Ministry of Education ordered all […]

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Colonialism Made the Modern World. Let’s Remake It.

“Decolonize this place!” “Decolonize the university!” “Decolonize the museum!” In the past few years, decolonization has gained new political currency — inside the borders of the old colonial powers. Indigenous movements have reclaimed the mantle of “decolonization” in protests like those at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline. Students from South Africa to Britain […]

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DNA Study from 23andMe Traces Violent History of American Slavery

More than one and a half centuries after the trans-Atlantic slave trade ended, a new study shows how the brutal treatment of enslaved people has shaped the DNA of their descendants. The report, which included more than 50,000 people, 30,000 of them with African ancestry, agrees with the historical record about where people were taken […]

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Why Some Mosquitoes Prefer Humans

Mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animal in the world: tiny creatures so dangerous that genetic engineering may be necessary to win the battle against them. But not all mosquitoes are equally responsible for devastating the human population by spreading disease. Out of thousands of species, only a few like to bite humans — and […]

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As Seasonal Rains Fall, Dispute over Nile Dam Rushes Toward a Reckoning

CAIRO — Every day now, seasonal rain pounds the lush highlands of northern Ethiopia, sending cascades of water into the Blue Nile, the twisting tributary of perhaps Africa’s most fabled river. Farther downstream, the water inches up the concrete wall of a towering, $4.5 billion hydroelectric dam across the Nile, the largest in Africa, now […]

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Why Africa’s Green Revolution Failed

Yves here. This is a damning account of how the African Green Revolution, which was supposed to greatly increase agricultural output and reduce hunger through “modern” farming techniques, has only modestly increased output at the cost of soil degradation. Even worse, malnutrition has increased. By Timothy A. Wise, who directs the Land and Food Rights […]

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The Tenacity of the Franco-American Ideal

PARIS Perhaps the root of the mutual fascination that binds France and the United States is that each sees itself as an idea, a model of some kind for the rest of the world. This is an immodest but tenacious notion, bound up with the founding articles and myths of both republics. No other countries […]

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Tunisian Woman Sentenced to Prison Over Joke Alluding to the Quran

TUNIS — As Tunisia battled the coronavirus pandemic in May, and millions in the North African country found themselves confined to their homes, a lighthearted Facebook post about the virus caught Emna Chargui’s eye and brought a brief moment of laughter in a period of uncertainty. The “Sourate Corona,” a design that appears to have […]

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