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


too much to keep up with

So. The world's gone a little crazy. I can barely keep up with my Twitter feed, much less write coherent blog posts that aren't immediately out-of-date the minute I publish them. Here's a quick roundup and lots of links on several topics you may have missed in the melee:
Photo: Screengrab from Al Jazeera English of what is apparently Gadhafi's courtyard sculpture. It certainly makes a statement, n'est pas?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The African has now officially condemned the violence.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:37:00 PM

Anonymous Rebecca said...

There is a civil war coming to Cote d'Ivoire, and things are de-escalating within the city fast.
An armed group calling itself the "Mouvement de libération des populations d'Abobo-Anyama" has taken over the northern Abidjan district of Abobo and now controls the northern highway, home to the Forces Nouvelles rebel force. The group has announced that they will now move on other districts and different militias on both sides are now recruiting and arming themselves within the city. The FDS security forces have surrounded the Abobo district, which has resulted in full out fighting between the two forces.
I think it would be wrong to portray this simply as Gbagbo forces abusing Ouattara supporters. I have taken numerous accounts of abuses being committed from both parties. Amnesty International and the Danish Refugee Committee have also reported this.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:58:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Rebecca, I am quite concerned about what is happening. Are you still there?

Friday, February 25, 2011 8:56:00 PM

Anonymous theblogrebel said...

Remember the "Iron Triangle of Intervention". On each leg of the triangle 1) Fast, 2) Cheap, 3) Effective(or good).

Draw this triangle and see that its true that for intervention you can only choose 2!
If you want it fast and Effective it won't be cheap in material costs or in the cost of human lives.

Dr. Seay does this mean i may have discovered a new therom?

Saturday, February 26, 2011 6:18:00 AM

Anonymous Rebecca said...

@Texas- Yes, I'm still here. I've been in country for most of the past year. It's de-escalating pretty fast, with some pretty strong rhetoric across the media and population that is getting worse as the days progress.
Lots of displaced persons within the city. "Invisible commando" rebel fighters who are apparently impervious to bullets. Buses and gbakas (minibuses) burned down by opposing groups and fighting in at least 3 districts within Abidjan. Stores in one commercial district with fliers warning shops would be burned to the ground if they opened their doors the other day. Different groups barricading off different sections of the city with menacing thugs patrolling them. Apparent rebel takeover of a western town (http://bit.ly/hJZhc9) and fighting within Yamoussoukro and other places as well.
The fighting settled down a little today in Abidjan, the first day this week we weren't woken up to gunshots. People are still out and about in many parts of the city, but it is quieter than normal.

Saturday, February 26, 2011 5:26:00 PM


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