Links round up: Sudan protests, economic investments, Wainaina’s death and much more

Links (Ep. 72):

This week’s 72nd episode of Ufahamu Africa covered multiple news events, such as documents showing Russian efforts to spread influence in Africa, Botswana’s ruling to decriminalize homosexuality, the ratification of the Continental Free Trade Zone, and East Africa’s plans to increase spending on infrastructure. We were joined by Susanna Wing, associate professor of political science at Haverford College, to talk about inter-group violence and instability in Mali.

Here we posted content from the news wrap:




Links (Ep. 71):

We covered a lot in Episode 71 with Erin Pettigrew, including our news about a partnership with The Monkey Cage (@monkeycageblog) to post audio versions of book reviews featured in the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS19).

Here are links to what we mentioned, as well as a few bonus links:

  • Pro-democracy groups in Sudan vowed to partake in civil disobedience, even after the killing of 108 protestors, the New York Times reported.
  • The New York Times released videos showing Sudanese forces firing into a crowd of pro-democracy demonstrators.
  • Alan Yuhas (@AlanYuhas) wrote about a number of bodies reportedly pulled out of the Nile River and the negotiations between the military and civilians that broke down.
  • Leaders of pro-democracy protests in Sudan rejected a tentative deal by the government to have elections within nine months, instead opting for continued civil disobedience, according to Declan Walsh (@declanwalsh).
  • Al Jazeera reported that, after meeting peace mediators from Ethiopia, Sudanese forces arrested protest leaders Mohamed Esmat and Ismail Jalab.
  • A piece by Dionne Searcey (@dionnesearcey) in the New York Times highlights Kehinde Wiley’s (@kehindewileyart) new art residency in Senegal, which hopes to provide rigor to the artist, while also “spoiling” them.
  • CBS Sunday Morning news did a feature on Kehinde Wiley’s work creating art that features men and women of color.
  • Quartz Africa published a piece discusses Kiyindou Yamakasi’s story that led him to produce comic books on Yoruba African mythology.
  • In the Washington Post, Danielle Paquette (@DPAQReport) reported on efforts in Senegal to harness nuclear solutions to combat the tsetse fly.
  • See this Journal of Economic Entomology article highlighting the success of a related nuclear-tsetse fly program in Zanzibar in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • In a BBC news video, a scientist discusses discovering the once-thought endangered Togo Slippery Frog, and how he made a conservation area for the species.
  • How do you design cell phones for an African market? A Chinese manufacturer has a few good ideas:
  • The Washington Post reports that Sudanese protestors will continue their campaign of civil disobedience until the defeat of the military council.
  • Peter Whoriskey (@PeterWhoriskey) and Rachel Siegel (@rachsieg) investigate the market for child labor on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast.
  • Check out this article published in the Conversation that urges the United States to look to Nigeria for help in understanding and solving the problem with anti-vaxxing.


Links (Ep. 70):

In episode 70, the news wrap covered a Malawi elections update, the death and legacy of Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina,  and the conflict and displacement of peoples in Ethiopia. They were then joined by Ato Kwamena Onoma, a political scientist with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.

Here are the links from stories featured in this episode’s news wrap:

  • Amanda Lea Robinson (@RobinsonAmandaL) tweeted about the promising observations she made of the Malawi Electoral Commission, election monitors, and the country’s voters.
  • The Associated Press reported on the news of Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina’s death and contributions to LGTB activism in the country.
  • John Ndiso (@Johnalyst) on the late Binyavanga Wainaina’s contributions to writing, like his satirical essay “How to Write About Africa” that criticized stereotypes of journalists and historians on their portrayal of the continent in the magazine Granta (@GrantaMag).
  • Wainaina’s essay “I am a homosexual, mum” on the website Africa Is a Country details an additional chapter to his memoir that shows him coming out to his deceased mother.
  • Quartz Africa published a piece by Abdi Latif Dahir (@Lattif) on their final encounter with Wainaina, and she delved into his contributions to literature, creativity, and social dynamics in Kenya and their implications for the continent
  • On Twitter, Ketty Nivyabandi (@kettynivyabandi) posted a thread that praised Wainaina on his “solidarity” that he had with other, little-known writers from Burundi, during the Burundi crisis.
  • In a series of short videos, Wainaina discusses freeing our imaginations and letting creativity flourish.
  • In a New York Times article by Reuben Kyama (@rkyama1) and Richard Perez-Peña (@perezpena) detailed the decision of Kenya’s High Court on the criminalization of gay sex and the history that has led to these harsh laws.
  • Abdi Latif Dahir (@Lattif) writes about the changes in laws around Africa and Asia on homosexuality in the midst of the High Court of Kenya’s declination to strike down a similar ban.
  • In Kahawa Tungu, an article discusses the two side’s legal arguments regarding Section 162 of the Penal Code in Kenya.
  • The Guardian published an article analyzes the reforms and informal style of Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.
  • An article by the Guardian highlights the swiftness in which Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki concluded diplomacy talks that ended one of the longest-running conflicts on the continent.
  • The story by Tom Gardner (@tomgardner18) uncovers the large amount of displaced peoples in Ethiopia by ethnic cleansing and Prime Minister Ahmed’s ignoring of the issue.
  • An article by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs provides data showing that Ethiopia tops a list of countries with the most internally displaced people in 2018.
  • George Obulutsa (@GeorgeObulutsa) goes over the origins and results of the conflict and humanitarian disaster in southern Ethiopia, which has over 800,000 people displaced.
  • A story in African Arguments goes over the conflict of land grabbing in regions of Ethiopia for the lead party of the country’s ruling-coalition, Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), as more youth protest the claiming of lands.



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