Tuesday, March 26, 2013
France24 until last year. I wish I could say that I am familiar with all global international media actors, but that just is not true. However, to my credit, I did come across a fantastic video debate about Sino-Africa relations, produced by Anelise Borges. Hosted by François Picard, this wide-ranging discussion gave an incredibly nuanced portrayal of Sino-Africa issues, due in no small part to their amazing panel: Solange Guo Chatelard, associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. CERI Sciences Po Paris; Alexandre Kateb, managing Director, Competence Finance Consulting. Lecturer, Sciences Po Paris; and Adama Gaye. author of 'China-Africa, the Dragon and the Ostrich.' Guo Chatelard and Gaye in particular are excellent Sino-Africa scholars in their own right, so I am happy to see fellow scholars on television. Please watch the whole thing, including part two.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Jomo Kenyatta’s short story, “Gentlemen of the Jungle,” ends with a man trapping repressive animals inside a hut, setting the hut on fire, watching them die, and then uttering, “Peace is costly, but it’s worth the expense.” Now, I can’t read this story without thinking of the men, women, and children set ablaze in a church in Kiambaa in 2008 during the post-election violence. I have to think about this killing act and to ask about the cost of “peace.”
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Full disclosure: I used to work with the China Africa Project, I consider Eric a friend and a mentor, and I hope to work for the U.S. government in the future.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
they make African governments and institutions more corrupt. That may very well be the case, but it would really help if there was some sort of comparative study between Chinese corruption in Africa versus French, U.S. British, etc. corruption in Africa. I am not sure I have heard convincing proof that they are all that different. After all, when it comes to corruption anywhere, it takes two to tango. Thanks to Mark Kapchanga for pointing me to that Think Africa Press piece.