Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

DR Congo: Kabila Forever

Posted in DR Congo by ruben eberlein on February 6, 2015

Read my text on the recent violent suppression of opposition protests against a suspected postponement of the elections in November 2016. 40 people lost their lifes during the riots in Kinshasa and other cities of the country. The article appeared in Jungle World. You can also download a pdf of the article.

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Living and Dying in Kinshasa

Posted in African Politics, Culture, DR Congo, Reviews by ruben eberlein on October 17, 2013

cemetryState1Filip 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.

Book Review: Contested Identities

Posted in African Politics, Cote d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Reviews by ruben eberlein on June 21, 2013

Read here an English version of my review of Politics of Origin in Africa. Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict by Morten Bøås and Kevin Dunn which is published by the journal Welt-Sichten in its June edition. (more…)

Book Review: Politics of Origin in Africa by Bøås and Dunn

Posted in African Politics, Cote d'Ivoire, Culture, DR Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Reviews by ruben eberlein on April 19, 2013

The journal Welt-Sichten, edited in Frankfurt/Main, will publish my review of “Politics of Origin in Africa. Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict”, written by Morten Bøås and Kevin Dunn, in one of its next issues. An English version of the German text will appear on this blog, so keep connected if you are interested.

Book Review: African Conflicts and Informal Power (ed. by Mats Utas)

Posted in African Politics, Cote d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Reviews, Sierra Leone, Uganda by ruben eberlein on April 19, 2013

ImageMy review of the recommendable book “African Conflicts and Informal Power. Big Men and Networks”, edited by Mats Utas of Uppsala’s Nordic Africa Insitute, has been published by Blätter des Informationszentrums 3. Welt (iz3w). Contributors to the five country and five thematic studies include Morten Bøås, Henrik Vigh, Mariam Persson, Maya Mynster Christensen, Karel Arnaut as well as other specialists on African conflicts. Editor Mats – an expert of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Somalia – has his own website; visit it for fresh and first-hand information on those countries as well as Mali, the DRC or Kenya (guest authors post there regularly).

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Who Calls the Congo? A Response to Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills

Posted in African Politics, DR Congo, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on August 10, 2009

drcflagTo make peace in Congo we should engage the Congolese, writes Timothy Raeymaekers in this response to a commentary on the DRC by Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills. The two established scholars argued in Foreign Policy for the abolishment of the DRC as a unitary state. What is needed, Raeymaekers suggests, is ‘a long term engagement with Congo’s local communities in helping them re-establish trust and mutual cooperation’. (more…)

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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.

Mobutu’s Loot: Where Will all the Millions Stashed in Switzerland Go to?

Posted in DR Congo, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on April 30, 2009

Returning assets deposited in Swiss banks by the late president of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, to his family would send a ‘terrible signal’, warns a Swiss lawyer. Read an interview with Mark Pieth, professor of criminology at Basel University, who has lodged a ‘citizen’s appeal’ with the Swiss Federal Criminal Court to try to extend a freezing order on Mobutu’s assets, worth SFr7.7 million ($6.68 million), at swissinfo.ch.

Rents, Politics and Crime

Posted in African Politics, DR Congo by ruben eberlein on March 22, 2009

The history of the Congo, today called the DRC, bears witness to the affinity of political rule and organised crime. Read an English version of my article from Konkret 5/06. If you prefer German, find the original version here (as pdf). (more…)