Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

IYC: Why State, Army Officials Want Conflict in Niger Delta to Continue

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on May 31, 2009

udengseradiriIn the wars of Nigeria’s southern, oil-producing region, government officials, military officers and insurgents often act in collaboration with each other in order to extract funds from the undocumented export of oil or from the security budgets. Read an edited transcript of my interview with Udengs Eradiri, Secretary General of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC, Photo), on that subject. (more…)

South Africa: A Big Man on the Crest of the Wave

Posted in African Politics, South Africa by ruben eberlein on May 28, 2009

My latest contribution to Konkret (June 2009) offers an analysis of the election results in South Africa. The magazine from Hamburg will be on sale tomorrow. Read some English excerpts here or download the original German article as pdf. (more…)

Mamdani: Teenage Activists of ‘Save Darfur’ – Child Soldiers of the West

Posted in Global Africa, Sudan by ruben eberlein on May 19, 2009

Once again, Mahmood Mamdani provoked a fervid debate among scholars, activists and other people concerned with politics in Africa. After his controversially discussed comments about Zimbabwe, Mamdani (in his book Saviors and Survivors) accuses the ‘Save Darfur’ campaign in the US to act as the ‘humanitarian face’ of the War on Terror. Read the comments of the Professor at the Columbia University in New York in response to my questions. (more…)

Never Mind the Serengeti – Go for the Coast at the Horn

Posted in Global Africa, Somalia by ruben eberlein on May 14, 2009


‘Six attacks in 4 days was more than I expected. I bagged three pirates and my 12yr old son sank two rowboats with the minigun. PIRATES: 0 – PASSENGERS: 32! Well worth the trip. Just make sure your spotter speaks English’, says Donald from Salt Lake City after booking a trip with Somali Cruises. You have to check that stuff out. If you’re skint, stay at home and watch Pirate Hunters.

Niger Delta Revolts: Kick it Like Professor Utuama

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on May 12, 2009

Countless conferences, seminars and workshops have been devoted in Nigeria over the last three decades in order to find a lasting resolution for the unrest in the oil-producing Niger Delta in the south of the West African country. Now an astonishing straightforward solution has been offered by the Delta State Deputy Governor: Football will do it, he says. (more…)

African Leaders to Have Their French Assets Investigated

Posted in Global Africa by ruben eberlein on May 8, 2009

A French judge has agreed to investigate three African heads of state for corruption. Anti-corruption activist call the decision to try sitting Presidents Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo and Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea ‘historic’. Hear a report by Radio France International.

Talking Hard on the Dirt Roads of Eastern DR Congo

Posted in African Politics, DR Congo by ruben eberlein on May 5, 2009

At the moment, you can watch three unique Hard Talk programmes on the BBC’s website. For the first time in its history, Stephen Sackur takes that interview format on the road in one of the world’s most war-torn countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The programmes will focus on the UN’s peacekeeping efforts, the widespread rape of women in Eastern Congo and the money being funnelled from the country’s mining industry into armed groups.