Africa, Rising and Militarized

Discourse, both textual and visual, is a key component for maintaining and replicating everyday ideologies, processes, and structures of power. Lately I’ve been coming across images accompanying articles about Africa in major U.S. publications (e.g. the Economist and New York Times) that have caused my jaw to drop a bit. Here are a few:

A sub-Saharan scramble
From an article in the Economist entitled “Foreign investment in Africa: A sub-Saharan scramble”.

“In much of the rich world, bringing the profit motive into public services is controversial; in Africa, where there is so much unmet need for such services, there is less of a taboo.”

From an op-ed in the New York Times last summer on U.S. security policy in Africa
From an op-ed in the New York Times last summer on U.S. security policy in Africa
This photo from an Economist piece on tech in Africa is captioned
This photo from an Economist piece on tech in Africa is captioned “self-improvement.” What that might be is unclear.

“ARE small cargo drones the answer to some of Africa’s most pressing problems? A group of European engineers supported by IBM thinks so.”

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