Category Archives: Africa

Time Does Not Heal All Wounds: Anne Spoerry As Mama Daktari

Buried in Lamu, Kenya after decades as a doctor and nurse attending to millions of east African’s by remote plane, Anne Spoerry (1918-1999) has earned her rest.  Filmmaker and novelist John Hemingway first had contact with her in 1980, but … Continue reading

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Nigeria: African Fault Line with Islamism

When the newly elected Nigerian president Muhammad Buhari was elected in 2015, he advanced a coalition called the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) of African nation states devoted to assisting Nigeria tackle Boko Haram.  With Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and … Continue reading

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Polygamy: the Passions of Pan-African Jihad

Paul Malong is South Sudan’s former army chief of staff with over 100 wives.  One recently ran off in hiding after remarrying a teacher.  Jane Austen’s admonition that we’re all fools in love never mentioned how to manage a cuckold … Continue reading

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“White Monopoly Privilege” & Monetary Velocity, How Free Trade Can Unite the African Continent

The most efficient means of renewal is open, transparent removal of injury.  Affirming democratic means through an open confrontation with corruption affirms the very means that secure growth.  The African National Congress isn’t going to dismantle Zuma or his rule. … Continue reading

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Nostalgia: Remembrance of Time Past in Africa

Afrobarometer is a new polling company specializing in tracking public sentiment throughout the African continent regarding democracy, governance and public policy.  It recently polled Ethiopian sentiment about the murderous rule of Mengistu Haile Mariam, the Marxist dictatorship that introduced the … Continue reading

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Mandela’s Vision, the ANC & Surging Kleptocracy for South Africa

The African National Congress will convene today to elect new leadership that will most likely replace Zuma when he leaves office in 2019.  Two principal contender for party leadership are Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former wife and current leader of the … Continue reading

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Wayne Lotter’s Death, Illicit African Ivory & Despotic Kingdoms

When Wayne Lotter was murdered in route to his hotel in Dar es Saalam, he was fighting pitched battles against Africa’s weak institutions and perennially corrupt regimes.  Brave throughout his life, Lotter suffered for his conviction that illicit African ivory … Continue reading

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The Challenge Shaping African Political Economies: Geography, History & Cultural Patrimony

Africa shouldn’t have the sobriquet:  the dark continent; even clowns like Hugh Trevor Roper, Cambridge Regis chair in modern history knew the limitations of his myopic pronouncement that “Africa had no history“, but the damage was done! Nevertheless, following Hegel … Continue reading

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Libya: Failed State. . . again

Studying the Arab Spring would require one to look at Libya and U.S. efforts immediately after the popular uprising. The American’s didn’t want Gaddafi but they also didn’t seek any measure to sustain Libyan presence into U.S. orbit either.  Today, … Continue reading

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How To Understand African Political Economies

The continent of Africa really is difficult to embrace without stolid concepts shaped from both geography and history.  Can one really make sense of Ghana and its British heritage as a west African nation state surrounded by failed French colonies? … Continue reading

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