In 1967, Milton Obote abolished the kingdoms of Uganda. Under Yowery Museveni in 1994, the kings and their royal suite were re-introduced. Raphaela von Weichs wrote a book about the re-establishment of the kingdom Bunyoro-Kitara in the west of Uganda. Read my review of her publication here (pdf) which was published by Welt-Sichten.
What is new about the ‘New Wars’ in Africa? In the third part of a small series for Konkret magazine (pdf here), I focus on violent upheavals and long-running wars at the continent, their features and courses. In the end, it is concluded that the confrontations between rebels, warlord troops and the (remnants of the) state can indeed be described as war of gangs, but that this fact should not make us underestimate the importance of ideology.
The anti-communist party Renamo in Moçambique recently terminated the peace accord with the governing party Frelimo. Observers doubt, however, that they are able to translate their war threats into action. Read an English version of my text for the latest Jungle World. (more…)
The Cold War between the superpowers has been quite a hot affair in Africa. Millions of people lost their lifes. A new book sheds light on this immediate history. Read the English version of my review which appeared in Konkret 11/13.
Filip de Boeck’s movie Cemetery State about life at the huge graveyard Kintambo in Kinshasa and the neighbouring slum named Camp Luka is a must-see for everybody interested in modern city-life in Africa. The anthropologist, for a long time acquainted with the capital of the DRC, follows a crew of young men while they take care of the dead in a city that is marked by grotesque disparities and contradictions. In course of their work, they challenge long-standing social hierarchies in their gerontocratic societies. Read my short review of the movie that appeared in the latest issue of Blätter des iz3w (pdf). The film can be ordered here.
In the second part of my small series on theory and the everyday in Africa for Konkret, I write about the second economy which is the mainstay of many people. I recognise the sheer size of the sector and the linkages to what is called the formal economy. Read the article here (German).
Stalinist self-criticism, bans on talking, trigger warnings: The discussion on Critical Whiteness in Germany takes weird turns on its margins. An interim interjection. (more…)
For German media, the situation in Zimbabwe seems perfectly clear: President Robert Mugabe is an “old devil” (Spiegel Online) or a “devilish long-time president” (Stutt-garter Zeitung) who, it is said, ruined the country during his 33 years in power. The development of the country, however, is much more complex than the media suggest. Read my article on Zimbabwe in the latest issue of Jungle World (German, pdf here).