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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-American influences on white culture aren’t per se, but specifically African influences on American society as a whole really do not get discussed in meaningful ways. So how […]

Privatizing Africa

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On December 13, 2015

The rapid privatization of land is Africa is throwing millions of poor farmers off their land. This is thanks to the African middle class, western companies, and large Chinese investors. A second set

Rhodesia 1976

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On June 19, 2015
A friend of mine pointed me toward this 1976 Australian TV documentary about the nation of Rhodesia in its last years of trying to maintain its white nationalist government. Very sadly, this has taken on a new relevance in the last 48 hours. The “best” part comes at the 18-20 minute mark, when Ian Smith […]

Evil Personified

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On December 18, 2013

It’s always useful to remember the true depraved evil of King Leopold II and the horrors of Belgian rule over the Congo, a legacy that goes far to define the lives of the people of central Afric

The following is a guest post by Jonathan Powell. Dr. Powell is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan.  His research focuses on conflict processes, particularly aspects related to civil-military relations. He recently received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. James Fearon’s recent response to Anjan […]

White Saviors

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On March 21, 2012

Since last week I dared suggest that there could be problems with white people running around the world saving brown people from themselves and was thereby proven to be objectively in favor of white s

Hunting the LRA

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On October 16, 2011
A few brief thoughts on the Kony mission.  David Dayen: The Administration’s claimed legal justification comes from a law called the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, originally sponsored by Russ Feingold. Human Rights Watch were among the endorsers of the bill. I’m not sure this is what they had in […]

Wangari Maathai

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On September 27, 2011

I would be remiss to not mention the death of the great African environmentalist, feminist, and activst Wangari Maathai. The Kenyan activist began her activist career by figuring out that paying women

Coup in Guinea-Bissau…

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On March 2, 2009

Or something, anyway: Army troops shot dead the president of the tiny west African country of Guinea-Bissau early Monday, following a bomb attack that killed the army chief of staff, according to dipl

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