Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Namibia After 25 Years of Independence: Rich Country, Poor People

Posted in African Politics, Namibia by ruben eberlein on March 23, 2015

Read my interview with Henning Melber about 25 years of independence in Namibia. Melber came with his parents 1967 to South West Africa and supported the independence struggle in the country as a member of SWAPO. He is an early critic of SWAPO as a liberation movement in power. His latest book about the last two and a half decades in Namibia was published by Brandes & Apsel recently. Download the interview that appeared in the German daily Neues Deutschland as a pdf here (German).

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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.

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.

Nobodi Must Hold di Other One Like Slave or Make Am Boi Boi

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on July 7, 2009

Preparing my return to Naija, I browsed the web for a Nigerian Krio dictionary or phrase book. Then, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its Pidgin English (as the UN called it) version crossed my way. It still makes good reading 60 years after its adoption, although the practice lags a bit behind. (more…)

Focus on Human Rights Abuses in Eritrea

Posted in African Politics, Eritrea by ruben eberlein on April 17, 2009

The government of Eritrea ‘is turning the country into a giant prison’, said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, while presenting an extensive report about the political situation in the country. (more…)