Crossing the Congo Is a Journey Across Hell on Earth

by John Tamny “Our hearts just broke – they just wanted to get out of their lives,” but “we had to drive off with Charlie and me hanging off the car literally beating the guys away.” Those are the words of Mike Martin about midway through Crossing the Congo: Over Land and Water in a …

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Book review: finding a vocabulary to judge Thabo Mbeki

Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg South Africa’s second democratically elected president remains a puzzle to many notwithstanding Mark Gevisser, who wrote the fine 2007 biography, “Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred”. Of course, there are many different explanations for why he puzzles us so. Also, why he haunts our politics nine years after he lost the …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 28 August 2015

African Youth Cultures in a Globalized World: Challenges, Agency and Resistance, edited by Paul Ugor and Lord Mawuko-Yevugah Release Date: August 28, 2015 Publisher: Ashgate (Kindle Edition) All over the world, there is growing concern about the ramifications of globalization, late-modernity and general global social and economic restructuring on the lives and futures of young …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 17 August 2015

Rebels in a Rotten State: Understanding Atrocity in Sierra Leone, by Kieran Mitton Release Date: August 17, 2015 Publisher: C. Hurst and Company Publishers Ltd. The atrocities of civil wars present us with many difficult questions. How do seemingly ordinary individuals come to commit such extraordinary acts of cruelty, often against unarmed civilians? Can we …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 15 August 2015

The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics: Volume 2: Policies and Practices, edited by Celestin Monga and Justin Yifu Lin Release Date: August 15, 2015 Publisher: Oxford University Press A popular myth about the travails of Africa holds that the continent’s long history of poor economic performance reflects the inability of its leaders and policymakers …

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