Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Kenya: Impunity for Murder and Theft Continues

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya by ruben eberlein on December 4, 2009

Read an article about the massive abuse of power in Kenya by Jan Bachmann, a political scientist based in Oxford, and myself in the current issue of Konkret. You can download the original article as pdf here.

Chinua Achebe Calls for Revolution in Nigeria

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on October 19, 2009

a-man-of-the-peopleRenowned writer, Chinua Achebe, has called on Nigerians to rise up in unison and challenge the bad leadership and looting of the country, Next newspaper from Lagos reports. Speaking on Thursday when the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, visited him at his home in Bard College, an elite liberal arts university in the suburbs of New York, Achebe said Nigeria was doomed if its people do not act to halt corruption and ineptitude among its ruling elites.

Kenya: Eating Until it Cracks in a ‘Government of National Impunity’

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya by ruben eberlein on October 14, 2009

Next month’s issue of Konkret will have an article about state violence, impunity and the theft of public resources in Kenya, written by Jan Bachmann and me. The ‘government of national impunity’ comes under increasing international pressure to go against those responsible for the deadly fights after the elections 2007. ‘Given that some of Kenya’s most ambitious and thrusting young politicians have blood on their hands, it’s very hard to see those really responsible for the 2008 violence being held to account’, we hear from Michela Wrong, author of It’s Our Turn to Eat.

Nigeria: A Different Bailout Is Possible

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on September 3, 2009

2009-36-cover-a‘The bonus culture must come to an end’, demands the acting chief of European Ministers of Finance, Anders Borg. Nigeria’s Central Bank is far ahead in that regard. Several CEOs of top banks were arrested last week, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigates them and several high-profile debtors. Find my text on the issue in the latest edition of Jungle World.

‘West Should Support Democratic Forces in Angola, not Corrupt Elites’

Posted in African Politics, Angola, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on August 28, 2009

Here is my interview with the Angolan human rights and peace activist Emanuel Matondo. The journalist and author, residing in Germany since the early 1990s, reports on the recent persecution of journalists, the general state of press freedom and on political corruption in the Southern African country. (more…)

Clinton in Angola: Chitchat and Oil Business as Usual or Change?

Posted in African Politics, Angola, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 2, 2009

Starting this week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit seven countries in Africa. She is, inter alia, expected in Nigeria and Angola. Will Clinton raise the subject of the growing prosecutions of independent journalists by the ruling elite in Angola and thus induce a real change of US politics vis-á-vis Angola? Read my detailed interview with an activist from the Southern African country about the situation of the media, to be posted at this blog shortly.

Improve Image and Profit from AGOA, Kenya’s Leaders Told by US

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya by ruben eberlein on July 23, 2009

It would be a boon if Kenya’s top officials use the visit by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and other ministers early in August to improve the battered image of the country, advises the US embassy in Kenya and suggests that this would certainly yield fruit. Is that an incentive big enough for the ruling elite to actually act on the Waki Report and on the list of alleged perpetrators of post-election violence in 2007/08, compiled by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), which implicates some of them? A tricky choice indeed.