Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

African Union at 50: Bob Marley Did It Better

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on May 30, 2013

bob_marleyLast Saturday, the celebrations on the occasion of 50 years of African Union took place in Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia. For most Africans, however, the organisation is of little relevance. A birthday serenade which appeared in the German weekly Jungle World today. (more…)

Central African Republic: Bangui, Zero Hour

Posted in African Politics, Central African Republic by ruben eberlein on May 24, 2013

An interesting and detailed piece by taz author Simone Schlindwein about the takeover and its aftermath in the Central African Republic you should read if you are familiar with German.

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Book Review: Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land

Posted in African Politics, Reviews, Zimbabwe by ruben eberlein on May 13, 2013

Zim_takesbackitslandToday the book Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land arrived all the way from Kumarian Press in Virginia. Joseph Hanlon, Jeanette Manjengwa and Teresa Smart claim to do away with some of the myths about the “fast track” land reform after 2000 in the Southern African country, such as that productivity has fallen and that only the elite profited.

If this is really the case and how they describe the fate of farmworkers – in my opinion the most severly affected group – I will explicate in a review due to be published by Konkret in July and later in English at this blog.

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The Niger Delta: Resistance in a Soft Variant

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on May 6, 2013

What happened to the 50.000 or so ‘militants’ resp. ‘revolutionaries’ after the amnesty programme in 2009 in the Niger Delta? The fate of the leaders of the revolt is well known. Not a small part of them became successful businessmen often in the security industry which raises the question of what is the difference between racketeering and a security contract in the oil-rich south-eastern region of Nigeria. But there have been popular responses, too. Paul U. Ugor describes in the latest issue of “Africa” the proliferation of artisanal oil refineries in Delta state where many young people operate. They see their work as a softer variant of resistance against the corrupt state and multinational oil firms. Worth reading!

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Roape: Grant Competition for Studies in African Political Economies

Posted in African Politics by ruben eberlein on May 3, 2013

roapeThe Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) is pleased to announce the establishment of a small research grants competition for African scholars/activists based in Africa and pursuing a political economy agenda. This is a call for applications.