Sunday Africa Blog Roundup: Mauritanian Islamists, Somalia Aid, Eritrean Architecture

Here are some blog posts on Africa worth checking out:

Kal sets recent political maneuvers by Mauritanian Islamists in their historical context.

A few bloggers look at the politics of US restrictions on aid to Somalia: Steve Bloomfield points to contradictions in policy toward Somalia and actions in Afghanistan; Mike Smith examines the effects that delaying food aid has:

The impact of the interruption is becoming clear and causing huge problems, with rations to starving people being cut. The decision in October to suspend millions of dollars worth of aid came due to fears that food and money was going to an Islamic insurgent group, with the U.S. assuring the UN that the delay would be brief. But now the World Food Program has suggested “The food supply line to Somalia is effectively broken.” Food is stuck in Kenya until bureaucrats can decide better regulations — regulation that makes demands that the UN fear are unrealistic in such a chaotic environment like Somalia.

Shashank Bengali fills us in on architecture in Eritrea.

Turning to Sudan, Rob Crilly comments on a recent op-ed about Darfur by Michael Gerson. At the State Department’s Dipnote blog, US Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration discusses his engagement with American activists through new technology. Bec Hamilton gives her take on the event:

The best summation of the State Department’s first foray into citizen engagement 2.0 is, appropriately enough, encapsulated in a tweet by TechPresident blogger Micah Sifry. Responding to the frustration advocates were expressing in real-time to the vagueness of the administration’s answers, he wrote, “Whatever you may think about substance of Gration/Power’s answers, State Dept just raised the bar on admin transparency efforts.” Indeed.

Finally, Texas in Africa directs us to another nice post by Louisa Lombard on the Peace Corps and the Central African Republic.

What are you reading today?

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