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Refugee camps are factories for terrorists? Not really

Cora Currier

2016-02-09, Issue 761

The author explores Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, through nine of its inhabitants, portraying them with complexity and compassion, while also critiquing the counterterror policies that have done little, he argues, to bring stability to East Africa.

'African Identities: a New Perspective': A synopsis

Bert van Sloteren

2016-01-13, Issue 757

This polemic longread takes a critical look at the differences in the discourse about Africa and about Europe. Comparing Africa and Europe 130 years ago and today, the book contains a passionate plea for greater respect for the different African cultures and languages and contends that a lack of such respect is one of the main factors impeding Africa's development today.

‘When Africa Awakes…’

Presenting the new, expanded Diasporic Africa Press Edition of Hubert H. Harrison’s book

Jeffrey B. Perry

2016-01-11, Issue 757

The book offers first-hand testimony to social, political, literary, educational, and internationalist aspects of the World War I-era “New Negro” movement and to Harrison’s role in its development. The need for new interest in the life and work of Harrison is even more pronounced today among the many people challenging injustice and seeking a better world.

A study in cultural imperialism in Africa

Chernoh Bah’s ‘The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa’

Joshua Lew McDermott

2016-01-08, Issue 756

The new book is a genuine and significant contribution to the understanding of one of the worst tragedies of this century, an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to know what the human costs of regional poverty and underdevelopment are today, and a much-needed voice for the actual victims of the tragedy.

An exegetic reading of Otsiemi’s ‘La vie est un sale boulot’

Peter Wuteh Vakunta

2016-01-08, Issue 756

This sociological novel provides readers with an opportunity to read the kind of Africanized French that is spoken in the streets and neighborhoods in Gabon’s major cities such as Libreville. The text is replete with standard French words, argot and indigenous language words and expressions that endow it with a reasonable dose of cultural authenticity.

Year of Chinua Achebe’s ‘A Man of the People’

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

2016-01-08, Issue 756

This is the year of ‘A Man of the People. 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Chinua Achebe’s fourth novel, the gripping satire.

‘Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation’: A review

Mandisi Majavu

2015-12-15, Issue 755

Engler masterfully lays out the ways in which Canada participated in the exploitation of Africa during slavery, through colonialism, via Canadian mining companies that operate in Africa and through aid and Structural Adjustment Programs, and through implementing global neoliberal policies.

Magnificent and Beggar Land: A review

Stephen Marks

2015-11-24, Issue 752

The book is a concise, intimately researched and continuously readable account of how Angola’s changing domestic interactions since the end of the civil wars have affected its mode of insertion into the global system.

Sanya Osha's ‘On a sad weather-beaten couch’

Babatunde Fagbayibo

2015-11-09, Issue 750

Will love triumph and invariably bring forth the passport to prosperity? This is the question that grips the reader from the first chapter of the novel. Sanya Osha adopts a simple and clear language to systematically unfold the tempo of this impressive storyline.

The U.S. war in Africa

Review of an invaluable new book on the U.S. and Africa.

Lee Wengraf

2015-10-27, Issue 748

As unfolding events in Africa show all too clearly, the scramble for resources, markets and investments has rapidly spilled over into a frightening militarization. A militarized continent continues to leave ordinary Africans in devastated conditions,

8TH Pan African Congress legacy project

2015-10-19, Issue 747

The aim of the Legacy Project is to provide a forum and an engagement platform for issues relating to Africa to remain alive through culture, arts, youth clubs and the dissemination of books and works of leading pan Africanists.

‘Stuffed and starved': A review

Godfrey Eliseus Massay

2015-10-01, Issue 744

‘Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System’ is the must-read book for any person who cares about farmers and food. It is a book that must be read by all people who defend the rights of farmers and food sovereignty in Africa and around the globe.

Understanding the quest for a more just world

A review of ‘Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice’ by Carol Gould

Ronald Elly Wanda

2015-09-09, Issue 741

By recovering and uncovering the links in theory and practice between democracy, human rights, and social justice, Professor Gould’s book opens a gateway into these connections in a way that reclaims democracy by refreshing its emancipatory promises.

Engineered consent in Swaziland

Peter Kenworthy

2015-09-08, Issue 741

In Swaziland you can rarely find a company or government parastatal whose board of directors does not include a prince, princess, chief or the king’s business associate. It is an absolute monarchy where one’s opportunities and place in society are almost fully dependent on connections and willingness to comply with the decrees of King Mswati III.

‘Victims and Victimhood’ – An East African perspective

Ronald Elly Wanda

2015-09-03, Issue 740

Govier’s book does a good job of generating anxiety about the future of humanity and of victims, using serious restorative concepts which are very useful in Eastern Africa where there are consistent efforts to rethink the term ‘victim’.

South Africa’s unfinished business of apartheid

A review of ‘Getting Away With Impunity: International Criminal Law and South African Apartheid Criminals’

Austin Mwange

2015-08-05, Issue 738

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Although apartheid is a crime against humanity under international law, no one has been prosecuted for it. That means criminals who perpetrated this evil system are still free. It is a problem that South Africa – and the world - needs to address, according to a new book.

‘Shubbak’: A window on North African & Middle Eastern art

Mounira Chaeb

2015-08-05, Issue 738

The event featured music concerts, exhibitions, poetry, talks and discussions, films and art. The aim of the organizers was to bring together artists to speak in a multitude of voices about what matters deeply to them.

Souad Massi: The true face of Islam

Mounira Chaeb

2015-07-09, Issue 734

At a time when ISIS militants have been burning musical instruments because they claim they are against Sharia Law, Massi’s latest songs pay homage to centuries-old Arab culture, and to a tolerant humanism now under siege.

Damned if we don’t: Ahjamu R. Umi’s prescient liberation literature

Michelle Renee Matisons

2015-06-24, Issue 732

Umi communicates a straightforward political message: People have the right, even the duty, to defend themselves and their communities against racist terrorist violence. And white people should not sit by idly, but instead, join this struggle.

The coming revolution in North Africa: The struggle for climate justice’

Hamza Hamouchene and Mika Minio-Paluello

2015-06-19, Issue 731

In an interview, the editors of this new book say their goal is to counteract the dominant neoliberal discourse on climate change in Arabic, and point to the need for a revolutionary alternative grounded in justice.

Cry of the Environment: A review of Ngong’s ‘Blot on the Landscape’

Peter Wuteh Vakunta

2015-06-04, Issue 729

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Cameroonian poet Ngong issues an effective wake up call decrying the rapidly declining state of the environment. The volume is a battle cry, urging everyone to fight back against the forces—including human nature itself—ravaging the Earth.

‘Africans in China’: A review

Kwame Opoku

2015-06-04, Issue 729

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Prof. Bodomo has produced an excellent book that will for years to come be the standard work for scholars. “Two points I will always retain are: the African who was surprised that the Chinese do not speak English and the complaint by some Chinese that the Africans are intensely dating Chinese women. What did they expect?”

An “other” feminism

A review of Hilary Klein’s ‘Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories’

Charlotte Maria Sáenz

2015-06-04, Issue 729

The new book provides the world with the voices of indigenous Zapatista women as a new political element: one being created and theorized from their own place and history, with openness to worlds and perspectives beyond.

'We are many': A review

Hamza Hamouchene

2015-06-03, Issue 729

The film is an indictment of those people who waged an illegal and criminal war on Iraq, and succeeds in conveying the anti-war spirit of 2003 by documenting and charting a crucial moment in the left's efforts to organise in order to stop the war.

Matiba of Kenya

Philo Ikonya

2015-06-04, Issue 729

Kenneth Matiba, once a prominent politician associated with the struggle for the re-introduction of multi-party democracy in Kenya, is now an ailing old man in a wheelchair. He has sued the government for illegal detention, which caused his present illness. A tribute.

"I could have died at any moment"

New documentary profiles the political struggles of a young political activist in Swaziland

Peter Kenworthy

2015-05-21, Issue 727

The film describes the fight for democracy and socio-economic justice in the tiny sub-Saharan country through the eyes of Bheki Dlamini, a young activist and leading member of Swaziland’s largest banned political party

New Book by Nick Turse: ‘Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa’

Forthcoming book explores Washington’s escalating war on the continent

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-05-07, Issue 725

The book examines how repeated failed counter-terrorism operations throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia have led to broader interventions and the promotion of the military and intelligence theorists who concoct these operations.

‘Trade is war: The West’s war against the world’

A new book by Yash Tandon

2015-04-30, Issue 724

Drawing on decades of on-the-ground experience as a high level negotiator in bodies such as the World Trade Organization, Tandon challenges prevailing orthodoxy, insisting that, for the vast majority of people, and especially those in the poorer regions of the world, free trade hinders development and visits relentless waves of violence and impoverishment on their lives.

Hans Zell to donate book and journal collection, online database to Kwara State University

2015-04-16, Issue 722

The donation follows an invitation to several institutions in Africa and elsewhere to express an interest in acquiring the collection, and submit a plan for the continuation and hosting of the database. After careful review of all submissions, Kwara State University Library in Malete, Ilorin, Nigeria, was chosen.

For our Chibok sisters

Hilda Twongyeirwe

2015-04-16, Issue 722

It was 'good morning' the usual way sounded just the same full of energy of life's promises nothing could be guessed on that 14th day 2014. You downed your cup of tea your piece of yam you kept some knowing tomorrow was yet to come you smiled your see-you-later smile. Evening came you did not return a day passed, days months Today 14th April 2015 makes it a year. The yam has grown moulds like the waiting in our hearts and longing in our eyes as we reach for a flicker of possibility buried under the silence that surrounds your disappearance we refuse the moulds to cover it... Today we light a candle not in memory my sisters - no we light this candle to stand with you we light this candle to keep the flicker brighter we light this candle to evoke spirits of resilience and justice. (My heart goes out to each single girl, to each single parent of these girls and their entire families.) * Hilda Twongyeirwe is Executive Director, Uganda Women Writers Association - FEMRITE.

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