Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

République du Congo: Sassou à Jamais?

Posted in African Politics, Congo Brazzaville by ruben eberlein on April 8, 2016

republique-du-congo-drapeau-animeThe Ninja are back. After disputed elections in Congo (Brazzaville), army checkpoints, police stations and a government building were attacked by armed men on Monday this week. The rulers under President Denis Sassou-Nguesso blame the violence on a militia that was involved in the war in Congo during the 1990. I wrote an article on these developments and the elections for Jungle World. You find it here as html, and you can download the pdf here.

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Zimbabwe: Zanu PF Triumphs in Elections, MDC Alleges Fraud

Posted in African Politics, Zimbabwe by ruben eberlein on August 10, 2013

zimbabwesqFor German media, the situation in Zimbabwe seems perfectly clear: President Robert Mugabe is an “old devil” (Spiegel Online) or a “devilish long-time president” (Stutt-garter Zeitung) who, it is said, ruined the country during his 33 years in power. The development of the country, however, is much more complex than the media suggest. Read my article on Zimbabwe in the latest issue of Jungle World (German, pdf here).

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Southern Africa: The Limits of Liberation

Posted in African Politics, South Africa, Zimbabwe by ruben eberlein on December 4, 2009

Read my article about the changing patterns of power and domination in the Southern African region in the weekly paper Das Parlament.

Nneka: Effusing a Message From Warri, Niger Delta, to the World

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on October 11, 2009

nneka<UK Independent> It’s been four years since Nneka Egbuna emerged from Germany as the gung-ho Nigerian rapper/singer/songwriter with a socio-political bone to pick, and yet she’s still indifferent to fame. “I’m just happy that more than one person listens to me,” shrugs the 27-year-old when asked if she has the desire to break the US now that she’s been recognised by the Mobos as the Best African Act, and Channel O, the premier African music network based in South Africa. “It’s not about being popular. It’s about the love of doing the music. It’s about giving people hope; it’s not about me, it’s not about Nneka herself, it’s about having a voice and it’s about having a message behind the voice.” Full text here. Promo video for Nneka’s latest release here.

18 Months After Election Violence – Kenya Set for Contentious Census

Posted in African Politics, Kenya by ruben eberlein on August 24, 2009

<BBC Online> Kenya is preparing to hold its first national census for 10 years, amid controversy over a question which asks which ethnic group people belong to. Many Kenyans believe the question is insensitive, coming 18 months after more than 1,000 people were killed in ethnic violence after an election. Ministers say the question is needed to help the authorities plan better. Critics say the census will be misused by politicians and could damage efforts to heal rifts between communities. More …

Call Again Later, Protestors in South Africa Are Told

Posted in African Politics, South Africa by ruben eberlein on July 30, 2009

proudlyrsaThe grassroots of the ANC want to remind the government of themselves by way of strikes, protests and riots. The often violent language employed does not come as a surprise to observers of politics in South Africa (pdf of the original German article here). (more…)

Sierra Leone: Tap Into Power of Artisanal Mining, Analysts Say

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Sierra Leone by ruben eberlein on July 30, 2009

KOIDU, 29 July 2009 <IRIN> – As the Sierra Leone government, donors, mining companies and union members discuss how to reform industrial mining, analysts say they are overlooking the need for change in the informal or “artisanal” diamond mining sector, which employs some 100,000 people in the country. (more…)

Nigeria: 200 Feared Dead in Bauchi Police, Islamic Sect Clash

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on July 27, 2009

<From The Guardian, Lagos> A shimmering standoff between men of the Nigeria Police in Bauchi State and members of an Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, turned a pall of tragic conflagration yesterday in an early morning raid on a police station allegedly launched by the sect members to seize the ammunition stored there. No fewer than 200 people, including members of the sect and security operatives, were feared killed with several others badly injured in the crossfire in Bauchi metropolis. (more…)

Nigeria’s Yar’Adua in Italy: The Price of Joining the Big Eight

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on July 9, 2009

What was the price that the Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua had to pay in order to be invited to the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy? Sahara Reporters think that his invitation has to do with the restoration of lucrative contracts for Germany’s electronic giant Siemens in Nigeria. The enterprise was blacklisted for paying bribes to government officials, but the ban was lifted recently. Here is the part of an interview with Nigeria’s President published by The Guardian (Lagos) where Yar’Adua spoke about the advocacy of Angela Merkel for Siemens. (more…)

‘Popular Protests in South Africa Will Definitely Increase’

Posted in African Politics, South Africa by ruben eberlein on July 4, 2009

Interview with Justin Sylvester, Political Analyst, Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), Pretoria. Justin talks about his views on the continuing dominance of the ANC, the weaknesses of opposition parties and the possibility of a left-wing breakaway from the ruling party. (more…)