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


this & that

  • What to say about a former coup leader who's just now being reburied after, as one of his relatives put it, "four years in the freezer"? Good-bye, General Guei.
  • The Esteyonage continues his cool series on Liberia's microeconomy with a discussion of the moto-taxi industry. Having been physically assaulted by a police officer while on a moto-taxi that did not stop, I particularly appreciated his discussion of the dangers associated with this kind of work.
  • Kenya's government says it will cooperate with the ICC in investigations into last year's post-election violence.
  • Africa is a Country points us to a nice CNN feature on one of my favorite people in the eastern DRC, Dr. Denis Mukwege, the head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu. When I met Dr. Mukwege in 2007, he asked for prayers for his staff in all they have to deal with. Enduring rape is unimaginably awful; seeing and treating thousands and thousands of women and girls for those rapes wears down your soul after awhile. You might spare a thought or a prayer for them today.
  • On the fortress-like ridiculousness that is the current trend in American embassies. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, the American embassy in Kampala is ridiculous. On the other, I saw the bombed-out embassy in Nairobi in 1998, and I never want to see anything like that in the end.
  • Thousands of Guineans arrive at the morgue to identify the bodies of those killed by government troops on Monday while Captain Camara insists he's the one in danger.
  • It's kindof awesome that the Obama administration is calling out Fox News for its blatant disregard for the facts.


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