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That’s essentially the conclusion of a long piece by Julie Flint and Alex de Waal in the most recent issue of World Affairs Journal about the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. They describe his controversial past in Argentina, his media-driven personality, his disastrous management of his office, how he miscalculated with his indictment of Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir (and fuels unhelpful perceptions of the Court in Africa), and other more controversial charges against him.

Here.

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Britain’s Channel 4 News–hardly raving anti-globalizers–reports on the rationale behind multinational oil company Shell’s decision to pay a “humanitarian” settlement to Nigerian activists who sued the company for the role in the state murder in 1995 of Ogoni writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and a number of others.

Via Real News Network

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The theatrical Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of (his) United States of Africa, speaking in Rome yesterday:

“The Africans do not have problems of political asylum. People who live in the bush, and often in the desert, don’t have political problems. They don’t have oppositions or majorities or elections.” “These are things that only people who live in cities know. [Other Africans] don’t even have an identity. And I don’t mean a political identify; they don’t even have a ­personal identity. They come out of the bush and they say: ‘In the north, there’s money, there’s wealth’ – and so they go to Libya, and from there to Europe.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

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I generally take the utterances and writings of Richard Dowden, the director of the 100-year old, London-based Royal African Institute, serious. Among others, the Institute also publishes (with Zed Books), “African Arguments,” which is a series of short book-length provocations on key policy questions, as well as the academic journal, “African Affairs“–in the video interview with the website Big Think, above, Dowden makes the claim that it is “the premier journal in the field” (I know a few people who will disagree with that).

Anyway, I must have heard wrong when Dowden, with a straight face and with no apparent hit of irony, then went on to talk about the Institute’s origins in Britain’s colonial project, it’s “distinguished” reputation and the idea of colonialism being “done right.”

Watch for yourself.

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Good piece of liberal left, American satire, by comedian Andy Cobb, lampooning rightwingers’ dislike of government.

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The trial by the family and supporters of Ken Saro-Wiwa (hanged by Nigeria’s military in 1995 on trumped up charges in the Niger Delta) Shell Oil will resume on Wednesday. But this time not for the actual hearing–postponed “indefinitely” by the presiding last week–but for a pre-trial conference between the lawyers of the two parties.

Meanwhile, to refresh your memories, here’s a short video made by lawyers for the Wiwa family and their supporters.

This, by the way, as Nigeria’s government has declared war on the people of the Niger Delta (read here and here)

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