Yinka Ibukun on piracy, music, and movies in Nigeria.
Dennis Laumann: “Six Lessons from Ghana’s 2012 Elections.”
Peter Tinti: “Mali’s Coup 2.0: Adjusting to the New Normal.”
Until the political situation in Bamako becomes less unstable, the U.S. and European allies can agree on an approach to intervention, and ECOWAS can get boots on the ground (perhaps not until late 2013), I think containment is going to be the name of the game in northern Mali.
Aly Verjee on the resignation of US Special Envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman and the trajectory of “US diplomacy in the Sudans.”
Derica: “Dear K’naan, Africa Is Not The Only Place Where ‘Politics Happens’.”
What I am enjoying…in the South Sudan National Archives, as they take shape, is looking at how a determined researcher – with a significant amount of time on their hands – could write a very interesting, if a bit scattergun, history of women in South Sudan from these records.
The main body of the collection sits in the 1920s to late 1970s, and is dogged by the sex-centric, patriarchal mode of governments with respect to their female citizenry. There are files and files of adultery cases, domestic violence disputes – including whole files on chiefs’ violence against their wives and resulting punishments – runaway women and girls, and prostitution; illustrated nicely by the page above, in a letter from a local Sudanese official deciding not to pursue abductors of “genuine incest children or undesirable harlots” – clearly these are unwanted and unpleasant things.
However, there are also women in politics: local chapters of the Liberal and Federal Parties and the Southern Front include women members, at least until the government banned their participation; their role in chiefly disputes and tribal affairs includes spying, informing on disputes and suspects, protecting and harboring criminals and suspects, and encouraging clashes – and that’s just the stuff I’ve had time to read.
Jimmy Kainja: “The Virtuous Circle of Malawi Politics That Sustains Poverty.”
Richard Joseph makes recommendations concerning US policy toward sub-Saharan Africa during President Barack Obama’s second term.
What are you reading?