Jennifer Brea · May, 2007

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Lebanon: Questioning Amnesty for Islamic Militants

Frencheagle writes that certain members of Fatah Islam implicated in the decapitation of 27 people on the first night of the conflict with the Lebanese government were not only granted amnesty by parliament [Fr] in 2005, but were arrested last year–and then promptly released–for vandalizing the Danish embassy. “You don't...

Corruption in Senegal

  29 May 2007

Le Blog Politique du Senegal posts data on the incidence of corruption in Senegal and reminds us that the definition of corruption differs around the world; in Senegal, the practice of exchanging gifts is deeply rooted in traditional culture.

Maternal Mortality Still High in Tunisia

Zizou from Djerba writes that Tunisia is on its way to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in all areas except for maternal mortality [Fr]. Zizou attributes the problem to poor quality emergency health care, citing an incident where a woman who hemorrhaged after giving delivery died while waiting to...

Lebanon: Where's Our Patriotism?

After relegating herself to the status of spectator of the recent violence in Lebanon, Marie-Josee takes up her pen, this time to write about how the country's trivialization of the deaths of Lebanese soldiers shows a “fundamental lack of patriotism” (Fr) on the part of Lebanon's government and its people.

How the South is financing the North's internet connection

Reseau International de correspondants writes about pricing inequalities in the international telecom system (Fr) that place a disproportionate burden of payment on developing countries to the extent that “the South is financing the North” and it is in effect “three times more expensive to connect to the internet” in developing...

D.R. of Congo: Should Christian Revivalist Churches Be Encouraging Political Activism?

  24 May 2007

Continuing an age-old debate--is religion the "opium of the people" or can it be a catalyst for social change?--Congolese blogger Blaise Mantoto at UDPS Liege says the Congo’s Christian revivalist churches, which he cynically refers to as "for-profit spiritual shops," encourage political disengagement. He argues these churches should inspire their followers to improve their social conditions through political activism, but not everyone agrees that religion and politics ought to be mixed.

Human Sacrifice & the Politics of Death

  23 May 2007

At Babilown, French-Beninian author Blaise Aplognan describes the religious and political function of human sacrifice (Fr) in ancient societies: “…its goal was to channel violence toward a (sacrificed) individual, toward the sacred realm, institutionalizing violence by supervising it and practicing it according to very precise rules and rituals.”

French Polynesia's Beauty Pageant Fever

  22 May 2007

In May, French Polynesia, where even the smallest island communities host their own beauty pageants, choose a new Miss Tahiti, a Miss Pirae, and a Miss Dragon. The islands have seen a proliferation of pageants in recent years, including a “Miss Hinano,” named for a Tahitian beer, and a “Miss...

Congolese Youth Organization Takes President Joseph Kabila to Task

  22 May 2007

Kakaluigi posts an open letter (Fr) from COJESKI, an umbrella of Congolese youth organizations, demanding President Joseph Kabila: end the incursions and occupations of Congolese villages by foreign troops from Angola, Burundi, Congo-Brazaville, and even as far afield as Chad, the Sudan and Central African Republic; end the pillaging of...

Senegal: A debate over feminism and women's work

  22 May 2007

Blog Politique du Senegal, Naomed describes a visit to a profitable garden in Casamance, where women produce vegetables for market. He notes that there was not a single male older than 10 in sight and all of the work was being done by women. One reader praises the bravery of...

Seyni Kouyate on Yankadi Reggae

  21 May 2007

Roots and Culture has an interview with Seyni Kouyate (Fr), a Yakandi reggae musician from a griot family in Guinea-Conakry.  Kouyate says Yakandi reggae is not a Western-African fusion; it's a fundamentally African music form.  “It's the meeting of traditional African rhythms, specifically from West Africa, with Jamaican skunk…the beating...

Alain Mabanckou on the new French government

  21 May 2007

Congolese poet-novelist Alain Mabanckou writes about several politicians from the left who were given positions in France's new conservative government, as well as the appointment of France's first African Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati, the daughter of Moroccan and Algerian immigrants. On the basis of these appointments, he calls France's...

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