Posts tagged Africa.

Look at the staff page on our website to see how many Africans work with us. It’s not as if we’re all white guys from San Diego.

Invisible Children “Director of Ideology” Jedidiah Jenkins •  Giving GOOD one of the first interviews on behalf of the embattled organization since they initially posted a rebuttal to early criticisms on their website. During the interview, the GOOD reporter asked Jenkins what he would say directly to critics if  given the opportunity. “Our films are made for high school children. We make films that speak the language of kids,” he said, adding, “Our films weren’t made to be scrutinized by the Guardian.” source (viafollow)

Ridiculous on so many levels. I trust my high school kids to scrutinize something like this better than I’d trust either the Guardian or some liberals on facebook “taking action” without knowing facts. Cooing over a white toddler is not the language my kids speak.

And now Congress is looking into a bill to send more soldiers to Uganda (they can assume most of us didn’t see the little blip last summer in the news to show that the US already has soldiers in Uganda and around the region) in response to a propaganda piece that went viral online containing no transparency about the organization and its agenda and few facts about the issue (other than the “fact” that everyone loves little blonde kids).

People wonder why I can’t just accept anything at face value, why I gotta ask so many damn questions and be so critical…and then bills come up in Congress related to what I wanted to make a stink about. And then the announcements of oil discoveries.


For women’s day, I wanted to commerorate amazing African women who’s contributions to society have gone virtually unnoticed by the larger media. (from left to right).

Wangari Muta Mary Jo Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental NGO focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005. Furthermore she was an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council. 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’État, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed a very distant second in the 1997 presidential election. Later, she was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006. She successfully ran for re-election in 2011. Sirleaf is the first and currently the only elected female head of state in Africa.

Graça Machel, (17 October 1945) is a Mozambican politician and humanitarian. She is the third wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela and the widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel. She is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and in 1997 was made a British dame for her humanitarian work. attend University of Lisbon in Portugal, where she first became involved in independence issues. In that university, she earned a scholarship from Romance Languages. She is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and English, as well as her native Tsonga. She returned to Mozambique in 1973, joined the Mozambican Liberation Front(FRELIMO) and became a schoolteacher. Following Mozambique’s independence in 1975, Machel was appointed Minister for Education and Culture. She married Samora Machel the same year. Following her retirement from the Mozambique ministry, Machel was appointed as the expert in charge of producing the groundbreaking United Nations report on the impact of armed conflict on children.

Birtukan Mideksa (born 1975) is an Ethiopian politician and former judge. She is the leader of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party. she joined Addis Ababa University where she graduated from Law School with a Bachelors Degree in Law. She practiced law at the 3rd district of the federal judiciary. She joined the Rainbow Ethiopia: Movement for Democracy and Social Justice party and later Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) after a coalition of four parties. After election or 2005, her party won over a third of the seats. As a result, Birtukan was convicted of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and sentenced to life in prison. She was pardoned and later founded UDJ (Unity for Democracy and Justice) with the same principles followed by CUD.

Hafsat Abiola (born 1974 in Lagos) is a Nigerian human rights activist, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), which seeks to strengthen civil society in Nigeria. Abiola graduated from Phillips Academy in 1992 and Harvard College in 1996 and later received an honorary doctorate from Haverford College. Abiola is the founder of China-Africa Bridge, which promotes mutually beneficial cross-cultural collaboration between China and Africa. In 2000, Abiola was honored as one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum. In 2003, she was elected as a Fellow of the Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. In 2006 she was nominated to be a founding councilor at the World Future Council. Also in, 2006 she raised funds by organizing performances of The Vagina Monologues in Nigeria. Since May 2008 she is also a Councilor at the World Future Council among 49 other well known personalities.

Niemat Ahmadi is the Darfuri Liaison Officer with the Save Darfur Coalition. A native of North Darfur, she promotes cooperation between the coalition and the Darfuri diaspora within the United States and abroad, focusing in particular on the role of Darfuri women in the peace process. She is a Founding Member of the Darfuri Leaders Network, a coalition of more than 20 domestic Darfuri organizations working to promote peace and security in Darfur.

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Welcome to a surprising number of new followers, and un abrazote for longtime companions. We may not all have been properly introduced, so allow me to refer you to this map. I often use this graphic to teach, and never fail to learn from it. It is imperfect, in some sense half-finished, and perhaps misnamed; why not “European slave trade,” as found elsewhere? Yet it complements linear narratives about the many Afro-Atlantic worlds made by slaves. Some things must be seen—or at least glimpsed—to be believed.

I didn’t even know so many folks were taken from Angola. This is all so important. When I was in maybe 9th grade, I asked my dad (he knows a lot of stuff) about what parts of Africa most Black americans descended from; he gave me a short list of countries and areas in West Africa, which I wrote down and stuck on my bedroom wall to study and remember. But I’m still studying and still learning it.


As Madonna’s publicist explains, “She’s focusing on Malawi. South Africa is Oprah’s territory.”

Click through for an interactive version of the celebrity recolonization of Africa map:

This is so depressing. Keep Natalie Portman away from Uganda, please!

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Workers carry sacks of Corn Soya Blend inside the World Food Program warehouse for distribution to refugees at Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab near the Kenya-Somalia border, September 1, 2011.

Photo by Eduardo De Francisco / Reuters via MSNBC Photoblog

Getting grumpy: Corn and soy are monocultures that, being planted massive plantation-style, are destroying entire ecosystems around the world. Since non-GMO corn and soy are rarely produced in the US, this corn soya blend is probably GMO as well. India banned the importation of GMO corn soya blend, even as relief food, because it wasn’t intended for human consumption and may have health hazards long term. India has had a particularly tumultuous fight with GMO crops, as farmers have been protesting it on a large scale.

Colonialism forced colonies to grow foods that the colonizing country wanted and to grow foods that would be exported back to the colonizing country, rather than a variety of foods that would sustain the colony (such as the term “banana republic”; not just a place you get bad khakis!). Then when that isn’t sustainable, the former (or arguably ongoing) colonizing countries send food as relief that was made with those same unsustainable practices and are not healthy.

Clearly I’m reading Vandana Shiva right now, and then this popped up on my dashboard. Not saying not to send food aid, but definitely saying none of this is sustainable or a natural disaster.

To top it off, those bags of food shown are all stamped with the US flag and say “USAID”. Charming.

Clinton warns against "new colonialism" in Africa ›

The irony:

LUSAKA (Reuters) – Africa must beware of “new colonialism” as China expands ties there and focus instead on partners able to help build productive capacity on the continent, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Clinton, asked in a television interview in Zambia on Saturday about China’s rising influence on the continent, said Africans should be wary of friends who only deal with elites.

"We don’t want to see a new colonialism in Africa," Clinton said in a television interview in Lusaka, the first stop on a five-day Africa tour.

"When people come to Africa to make investments, we want them to do well but also want them to do good," she said. "We don’t want them to undermine good governance in Africa."

"We saw that during colonial times it is easy to come in, take out natural resources, pay off leaders and leave," she said.

Clinton pointed to U.S. efforts to improve political and economic governance in countries like Zambia as an example of a different approach.

I cannot wrap my head around this. Who are the US’s main allies if not the countries that brought the world colonialism in the first place? The US needs to outgrow the Cold War and its propaganda that China is untrustworthy and manipulative. (Not that I’m saying the Chinese government is any more awesome than the USian one.)