"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


back to the topics at hand

  • Via Chris Blattman's blog (which is, by the way, great for those of us interested in African political economy and conflict issues), Obama in Kenya is the most awesome Africa-based blog I've seen. Now I need to get to Nairobi to find a "Relax, Obama is in control" t-shirt.
  • A former colleague and I are starting a blog on genocide and ethnic cleansing around the world. It will be as much of an upper as you might guess, but it won't be nearly as funny as Wronging Rights, which has excellent coverage of this week's events involving infighting Congolese rebels. Congolese rebel groups divide like Oklahoma chokes in the BCS - all the time.
  • None of this deterred Rwanda's army chief-of-staff from visiting Kinshasa for talks with M. Kabila this week. That's because Kinshasa's like a whole 'nother country from the east.
  • Texas Governor Goodhair's pet lobbyist-driven project, the Trans-Texas Corridor, is dead. Craddick's out and no more TTC? We must be prayed up.
  • However, the idea that we still really need I-69 from Texarkana to the Valley is still a bad one. What will it take to get the people who govern this state to realize that the future is not in single-occupancy vehicles?
  • Just before I left for the holidays, Theoneste Bagasora was convicted for his role in planning the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This is long-overdue justice for a man who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
  • While we were out, Ethiopia passed a law that basically makes it illegal for international NGO's (and local organizations that receive more than 10% of their funding from international donors) to engage in any kind of political debate or advocacy with the state, as well as work to promote equality, human rights, or conflict resolution. It's a piece of work. The government of Ethiopia is authoritarian, and they want to control all aid dollars that flow into their country. Since they're also highly corrupt, wise international agencies direct their funding elsewhere, and foreign governments direct funding to private groups that promote the ideals the Ethiopian government hates. This will be very bad for the Ethiopian people, whose governments have varied widely across the decades in outlook and philosophy, except in their lack of concern for the well-being of the population.


Blogger Michael said...

No TTC and no Craddick are two of my favorite Texas political stories in recent memory. They are only surpassed by the news that Goodhair will be demolished in the primaries.

Friday, January 09, 2009 7:31:00 AM

Blogger Kate Cronin-Furman said...

a blog on genocide and ethnic cleansing, you say? when and where?!

(and thank you for the link to wronging rights)

Friday, January 09, 2009 10:05:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Michael, I cannot WAIT to watch KBH and Goodhair go after one another.

Kate, thanks for stopping by. I'll let you know when we get the blog going. Love what you're doing at Wronging Rights!

Friday, January 09, 2009 2:02:00 PM

Anonymous Taylor said...

Thanks for the link to Obama in Kenya. I have enjoyed doing that. There will certainly be some droughts as I'm going to to be on the move quite a bit and without electricity and internet many times. I was born in Houston and raised in Dallas. Where are u from? U in Tx right now? What do you do in Africa?

Sunday, January 18, 2009 10:55:00 AM


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