Sunday Africa Blog Roundup: Niger Junta, Algerian Cabinet, US Somalia Policy, African Poverty

Tommy Miles looks at the regional military governors appointed by the junta in Niger.

I have hammered on about the ecumenical nature and continuity represented in the Niger Junta so far, evidence that they may well live up to their word and leave politics after a quick transition. They clearly wish to project an image as a “national” institution “above” politics. What they believe in their hearts, I can’t pretend to know, but a close look at the replacement of rater venial Regional Governors with a broad group of officers shows that the junta is at least consistently “on message”.

My buddy was telling me on Friday night that charts get links. To prove his point, I am linking to Kal’s interesting charts on the makeup of the Algerian cabinet. (The ministers are old! But the same is true of the US Senate.)

Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson talks US policy toward Somalia.

Speaking of the State Department, they recently apologized to Qaddhafi.

Global Voices: “Kenya, and specifically Nairobi, has in recent months become the technology heartbeat of Africa with conferences, launches, meet ups, summits and unconferences all running in quick succession.”

Isolationism and unilateralism reaching new highs in public opinion polling in the US.

Three perspectives on poverty in Africa, inspired by a recent study: Reuters Africa Blog, Chris Blattman, and Texas in Africa.

And here’s the IMF on governance and economic policy in Africa.

What blogs are you checking out?

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