Temporary Injunction on GM Rice and Cowpea Overturned in Ghana
A ruling in Ghana’s High Court Thursday morning overturned a temporary injunction on the commercialization of genetically modified (GM) rice and cowpea.
The Continent Writes Back
The continent writes back to popular Western ideas about development, innovation, race, and neoliberalism.
Coloniality: Africa as a “frontier”
Coloniality is alive and well in major US publications and their narratives about the African continent.
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:
Some thoughts on the US militarized response to the ebola crisis
Last week I published a follow-up to my May article on militarized humanitarianism in Africa. Since its original publication in Foreign Policy in Focus, the piece has been republished in The Nation, AllAfrica, TruthOut, AntiWar.com, Common Dreams and InterPress Service News Agency. Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heading…
Planting the Seeds of Future Occupation: Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa
Last week Foreign Policy in Focus, an offshoot of the Institute for Policy Studies, published my article on US militarism and aid in Africa. In it, I argue not that aid and security aren’t important, but rather that we should be wary of the ways in which the US is building up its presence in…
Embedded with AFRICOM/ Dans la base militaire de l’Africom
Embedded with AFRICOM [AFRICOM recently hosted a media delegation from Mauritania and Algeria. The following article, which appeared originally in Liberte on December 15, 2013, is from one of the Algerian participants who provides a critical, and at times humorous, insight of their trip, AFRICOM personnel, and AFRICOM’s ultimate goals.] Jabari Lewis is an 11…
Nkrumah and AFRICOM: The Danger of Misrepresentation
The following is in response to an article entitled Accept AFRICOM Now! which ran in a few Ghanaian media sources first in September, and then this past weekend. I sent my response to the sites that carried the original article, and it is now published in SpyGhana and ModernGhana. This past month both SpyGhana and…
KLM &You: UPDATE!
Oh, well that was fast. KLM has removed “the dark continent” from their site: “Commonly used” by who???? We’re glad @KLM have changed their description of Africa as “the dark continent”. Apparently we misinterpreted it as racist BS. — Africa is a Country (@AfricasaCountry) October 18, 2013 @AfricasaCountry @KLM Glad it changed, but commonly used?…
KLM &You: Conquering the Dark Continent Since 2013
Thanks to Africa is a Country and Serginho Roosblad for this hat-tip. I feel like I’m in a time warp. @KLM suffers from #colonialmentality by calling #Africa ‘The Dark Continent’ – http://t.co/3XF2yiqvYM — Serginho Roosblad (@SRoosblad) October 18, 2013 What is this? KLM’s latest marketing campaign for their flight destinations in the African continent. You…