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On May 15, 1905, a Maraka noble in modern-day Mali killed a slave who was part of a broader slave exodus that helped bring the end to official slavery in the French African colonies. This can serve as a moment in the larger transformation of slave societies in west Africa that led to the widespread […]
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On Monday of this week, new allegations about the egregious human rights abuses of the Syrian government’s secret prison in Sadnaya surfaced: that a crematorium had been built to permanently disappear detainees. Reports about the prison have been public for a while with many witnesses speaking to Amnesty International. Many of these witnesses obviously cannot […]

Castro and Africa

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On November 30, 2016

One of the greatest arguments in favor of Fidel Castro was his anti-colonial, anti-racist foreign policy in Africa. Two essays discuss this critical part of his legacy. First: Cuba’s involvement in

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A long-time human rights worker, who has written reports for Human Rights Watch, focusing primarily on Africa, takes to the Boston Review to revisit his own sins, mistakes, and regrets, ultimately questioning the role of the human rights worker entirely. On-the-ground humanitarians learned tough lessons in Somalia, Sudan, and central Africa in the 1990s. Relief […]
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An excellent essay and photo gallery of the African children producing your chocolate. The reality is that the chocolate companies won’t operate their own farms and while they have thrown some money at the problem of child labor, they still haven’t done nearly enough to solve the problem. And while the reasons there are children […]

African Influences

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On February 18, 2016

This very interesting profile of the culinary scholar Michael Twitty reinforces one key point for any reader–that African influences on the United States are basically still ignored. African-Ame

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