Jennifer Brea · December, 2007

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Ethiopia: Queen of Sheba, Now Available in French

  30 December 2007

Francophone music blog Roots and Culture interviews Samuel Malher, a religious scholar from Strasbourg who has written the first unabridged French translation of the Kebra Negast, a sacred Ethiopian text. It describes the heritage of the Ethiopian monarchs, who trace their lineage to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and how the Ethiopians became God's new chosen people when the Ark of the Covenant was taken from Israel to Ethiopia.

Morocco recalls ambassador from Senegal

  29 December 2007

Blog politique au Senegal writes [FR] about the King of Morocco's decision to recall his ambassador from Senegal in a spat over Western Sahara: “It must have been a nasty blow to [the king's] ego when a socialist ex-minister dared refuse to adopt the Moroccan line on the fate of...

Burkina Faso and the Hajj

  28 December 2007

QuophyBlogeur writes about the perils of Burkinabe muslims [FR] making the pilgrimage to Mecca: “Fortunately Allah is merciful enough to tolerate the late arrival of poor pilgrims at the mercy of an organization practically on the verge of chaos.”

The Politics of Cleaning Up Dakar

  19 December 2007

Senablog writes about the Senegalese government's latest attempts to rid the streets of Dakar of informal traders [Fr], which last month prompted large protests. Senablog describes how previous efforts have been unsuccessful because of the support traders enjoy from marabouts and some politicians.

The wrong way to fight AIDS in Sudan

  13 December 2007

In Sudan, Zizou from Djerba critiques what he calls a “poster of death” that uses a skull and crossbones [Fr] to warn people about the dangers of AIDS, without offering any information about treatment or prevention. He writes that AIDS is no longer a death sentence, and that the wrong...

Sudan, Nation of Contrasts

  13 December 2007

Zizou from Djerba compares the moral universe of a theatrical play [Fr] about democracy and women's rights staged at a rich international school in Khartoum with the realities of illiteracy, infant mortality and short average life expectancy the population at large must face, concluding that Sudan is a nation of...

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