Lesley Anne Warner, “Calls Continue for Military Intervention in Mali.”
The Moor Next Door on “The Battle at Gao.”
Baobab compares recent church attacks in Kenya with interreligious violence in Nigeria.
Emeka Okafor flags a podcast on “The Politics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia.”
Roving Bandit: “Why South Sudan Is Winning the Oil Pipeline Stand-off with Khartoum.”
Shelby Grossman on Nigerian politics and Boko Haram.
On many of the macroeconomic indicators used to judge conformity with the mainstream – debt to GDP ratio, current account balance, fiscal balance, inflation – Africa is situated closer to the mainstream, while key OECD countries drift away. Data tracking other kinds of flows – in cultural, innovation, and labour flows – point to a continent becoming a key player in the Global South – not just assimilating into the global mainstream, but helping to shape it.
Rosie Spinks on alternative energy in Africa:
A new project called Africa Express, being carried out by Frenchmen Jeremy Debreu and Claire Guibert with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is bringing attention to a different breed of alternative energy on the continent, one where Africans who lack access to energy are the main beneficiaries.
For a period of ten months, the pair are traveling 20,000 km through 23 countries using trains and buses to survey a range of alternative energy projects. From a community refrigeration project in northern Senegal to a massive hydroelectric dam in Morocco, the size and nature of the projects differ, though they all have one notable in common.
“Africa Express aims to promote energy projects with good practices that are intended to benefit Africans,” Guibert said. “We are not only talking about renewable energy, but with the access to energy to people at the base of the pyramid.”
Amb. David Shinn on “China’s Special Economic Zones in Africa.”
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