Archive for August, 2007


Sarkozy: ‘The tragedy of Africa is that the African has never really entered into history … They have never really launched themselves into the future … The African peasant, who for thousands of years has lived according to the seasons, whose life ideal was to be in harmony with nature, only knew the eternal renewal of time … In this imaginary world, where everything starts over and over again, there is room neither for human endeavor, nor for the idea of progress. The problem of Africa … is to be found here. Africa’s challenge is to enter to a greater extent into history … It is to realise that the golden age that Africa is forever recalling will not return, because it has never existed.’

Mbeki: ‘What you have said in Dakar, Mr President, has indicated to me that we are fortunate to count on you as a citizen of Africa, as a partner in the protracted struggle to achieve the renaissance of Africa within the context of a European renaissance and the rest of the world.’

: ‘You have been kind enough to highlight the “courage and truthfulness” of this speech. As you very well know, Africa needs truthful friends in order for her to meet the challenges she is facing.’

For a summary of the whole affaire, see here.


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Stephanie Hansen, news editor of the Council on Foreign Relations’ website on the African Union’s peacekeeping capacity (especially in Sudan).

* The illustration is by Kadir van Lohuizen from the exhibition ‘Darfur: 20 Years of War and Genocide in Sudan‘ currently showing through September 30 at the PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY.

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“Planting trees in Uganda to offset greenhouse-gas emissions in Europe seemed like a good idea – until farmers were evicted from their land to make room for a forest.” Fortune magazine, of all publications, reports.

* The picture can be seen, as part of a series, illustrating the article at

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Africa in the Bronx

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Africa in the Bronx, originally uploaded by Sean Jacobs.

The Bronx Zoo (which I visited with my daughter and a friend’s one year old son; the adults trekked along to provide the necessary supervision and drag strollers up and down subway stairs) has a large African section (known as “African Plains“). Apart from the bored looking animals, the exhibit billed “… as close to the Serengeti as you can get in the Bronx,” also includes an “African Village.”
A series of buildings made to resemble “mud huts,” it comprises a gift shop, classroom, concession stands, and food court with a view of the animal exhibit.
This is a far cry from the zoo’s initial contacts with things African.

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Africa in Brooklyn, originally uploaded by Sean Jacobs.

Taken on a Sunday in a heavily African immigrant section (that’s changing though as a result of rapid gentrification) of Fulton Street in the Clinton Hill neighboorhood that borders Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.

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Ease di Tension

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