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Xenophobia in South Africa: Forgetting the Past in Dealing with the Present
Nationalism / Protest and Activism / Racism and Xenophobia / Southern Africa

Xenophobia in South Africa: Forgetting the Past in Dealing with the Present

“Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika Maluphakanyis’ uphondo lwayo Yiva imithandazo yethu Nkosi sikelela, Thina lusapho lwayo” “Lord, bless Africa May her horn rise high up Hear Thou our prayers And bless us.” With xenophobic attacks spreading in the Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal regions of South Africa, it appears that the instigators of this violence have forgotten the … Continue reading

East Africa / Horn of Africa / Military Interventions / Terrorism

Effective Response, Not Vengeance Sought by Civil Society in Kenya in Wake of Garissa Massacre

In the wake of the tragic massacre of university students in Garissa by members of al-Shabaab, the Kenyan government has vowed to step up security and retaliate. However, scholars and activists from both within and outside of Kenya are challenging the logic of securitization and militarization and proposing alternative solutions. Continue reading

Africa and Western World / Anti-Imperialism / East Africa / Horn of Africa

A Collective Response to Dr. Markus Hoehne and the Somaliland Journal of African Studies

Safia Aidid has given us permission to repost this open letter from Somali intellectuals, academics and activists. The Africa Collective feels that it is important to continue this conversation about making African Studies a more inclusive space, particularly for African scholars.
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Special Guest Post by Christopher Hemmig on Land Tenure and Social Activism in Mauritania
Land and Inequality / Protest and Activism / West Africa

Special Guest Post by Christopher Hemmig on Land Tenure and Social Activism in Mauritania

On November 11th of last year, several Mauritanian anti-slavery activists were arrested near the southern border town of Rosso [full disclosure: I am a close personal friend with one of the detained activists, Brahim Ould Bilal Ramdhane, Vice President of the anti-slavery organization Initiative for the Resurgence of Abolitionism (IRA), and have met the organization’s … Continue reading

Africa and China / Economics / Religion / West Africa

Questions and Answers on Boko Haram

Introductory note: The following is an email interview I gave a reporter with the Pengpai News Agency and the Shanghai Morning Post, in Shanghai China, on the subject of Boko Haram. The interview and stories derived from it will be published in the Chinese language Pengpai. The questions are in bold typeface and my responses … Continue reading

Victoria Falls: A Natural Wonder of the World
Africa and China / Africa and Western World / Arts and Culture / Development

Victoria Falls: A Natural Wonder of the World

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Victoria Falls for the first time since I was a child. The largest waterfall in the world, at a width of 1, 708 meters, this popular tourist site has remained largely natural. On the Zimbabwean side, the national park entrance allows visitors to explore on their own, with a … Continue reading

A Permanent State of Exception: Kenya’s New Anti-Terror Laws
Africa and Western World / East Africa / Military Interventions / Terrorism

A Permanent State of Exception: Kenya’s New Anti-Terror Laws

The state of exception, as originally theorized by Carl Schmitt, argues that sovereign power is defined by the ability to declare a state of emergency and transcend the rule of law. According to Giorgio Agamben, the suspension of the law is intrinsically linked to the exercise of sovereignty and essential to the legal order itself. Rather than a rare … Continue reading

“African” or “Indian”? The Treatment of Indians as a Minority Population in Sub-Saharan Africa
Ethnicity / Nationalism / Racism and Xenophobia / Southern Africa

“African” or “Indian”? The Treatment of Indians as a Minority Population in Sub-Saharan Africa

A couple of months ago, I celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in my hometown of Harare for the first time in the six years since I had left for college. Thousands of people, not just members of the Indian community, attended the celebrations held at the local community sports club. In recent years, … Continue reading