Jennifer Brea · October, 2006

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Let's Go Save the Poor Congolese

  8 October 2006

At his blog, Alain Mabanckou, a Congolese writer living in California, gives a rather comic account of a conversation he had with his landlady after she sees a story on television about “the poor Congolese” (or maybe they were Africans from some other country whose “president has a long name”)...

Congolese Writer Alain Mabanckou on André Schwarz-Bart

  7 October 2006

Alain Mabanckou, a novelist and poet from Congo-Brazzaville now living in California, pays tribute (Fr) to Polish-Jewish writer André Schwarz-Bart, author of Le Dernier de justes who passed away last weekend. Schwarz-Bart, who grew up in France during the German occupation, lived in Guadeloupe with his wife, writer Simone Schwarz-Bart.

A Groundnut Western?

  6 October 2006

Senegal is considering building a rail line that would pass through Casamance, inspiring Blog Politique du Senegal (Fr) to imagine a new kind of Western involving a train heist and a wagon car complete with saloon girls, an upright piano, poker and a bar brawl, with the Movement of Democratic...

Congo-Brazzaville: Corruption Wall of Shame

  6 October 2006

Les Nouveaux Riches Congolais (Fr), part critique, part satire, uses its blog as a wall of shame for those in Congo-Brazzaville who have allegedly gotten rich through unscrupulous or illegal means. The site also includes a creative reinterpration of key articles of the constitution: “ARTICLE 47: Public goods are sacred...

Kangi Alem on American Empire

  6 October 2006

Togolese writer Kangi Alem discusses (Fr) Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States and the dark side of America's international role. Alem calls the U.S. “a highly original form of democracy that imposes itself with arms, bombs and artillery” and says that “the hegemonic pretentions...

Tahitian Ballet

  6 October 2006

Part kitsch, part grande spectacle, La danse tahitienne (Fr) calls Tahitian ballet “a cultural revolution somewhere between Bollywood and Cirque du Soleil.”

Congolese Blogger on Darfur

  5 October 2006

At Forum Realisance (Fr), Congolese blogger Musengeshi Katata takes France, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Christianity, radical Islam and the black African elite to task for the conflict in Darfur: “Darfur is not only a new battlefield between Christianity and Islam; it is also offers a poignant indictment of the black...

Martinique: Aimé Césaire and Franz Fanon

  4 October 2006

Le Blog de Moi (Fr) describes the debate over after which anticolonialism thinker to name Martinique's international airport: Aimé Césaire or Franz Fanon. Fanon, although born in Martinque, is not well-known there. The balance has tipped in favor of Césaire who, still living, publically refused to meet with French Interior...

Cameroon: Government Clamps Down on Separatist Activities

  4 October 2006

On the anniversary of the reunification of Anglophone and Francophone Cameroon, Fojrega (Fr) remembers Daniel Fonkoua, a member of the SCNC (an anglophone separatist group), who disappeared last September after state security forces raided his house. This anniversary, anglophone separatists hoisted their flag in several villages in the English-speaking region...

Tahiti: Mutiny on the Bounty

  3 October 2006

At his MySpace site, Jean Marc gives a history of the famous munity on the British ship Bounty (Fr), which took place just after the Bounty left Tahiti. He also has a slide show about the mutiny.

Consumerism in Madagascar

  3 October 2006

Madagascar Croissance muses on consumerism in Madagascar: “Madagascarans are fond of clothing and hi-tech products…the affluence of Chinese stores in Behoririka and the shopping centers show that despite all the apparent poverty, everyone likes to induldge themselves and hide their misery in a blanket of materialism.”

Biracial in Nazi Germany

  3 October 2006

Musengeshi Katata writing at the Congolese blog, Forum Realisance (Fr), reviews the film Neger, neger, Schornsteinfeger, an illustration of “racism and its social and ideological absurdity” based on the true story of the son of a German nurse and a Liberian diplomat who grew up in Nazi Germany to become...

Senegal: Illegal Immigration

  2 October 2006

On illegal African immigration Senegal Diaw (Fr) writes that “the reasons that push young, able men to risk death to come to Europe…are many and complex, and are not necessarily linked to [Senegal's] poverty,” but are rather a product of a country that is not advancing fast enough, whose youth...

Republic of the Congo: In Search of Political Heroes

  2 October 2006

Congo-Brazzaville is repatriating the remains of Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, the French-Italian colonialist, and interring them in a mausoleum built at the government's expense. Togolese blogger, Kangni Alem, rebukes those would defend de Brazza and call him a “good colonizer,” quoting one historian's take on why Brazzaville would decide to...

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