This week’s episode was not a pick-me-up. We wish we had better news to share.
Here’s a list of links to things we mentioned in the news wrap for Episode 90, in the order we discussed them:
- An article in The Guardian on the swarm of locusts in East Africa, and the one from Reuters.
- The piece by Yinka Adegoke (@YinkaWrites) in Quartz Africa about the coming recession in Africa.
- On the LSE Blogs, see “How Will Remittances Affect the Somali COVID-19 Response?” by Nisar Majid (@nmajid17) , Laura Hammond (@lhammondsoas), Khalif Abdirahman, Guhad Adan, and Nauja Kleist (@Nauja_Kleist).
- Human rights lawyer Eda Seyhan writes in African Arguments (@africaarguments) using examples from across the world to show us that once governments, police and security services gain extra powers, they do not give them up without a fight.
- Relatedly: don’t miss BBC journalist Dickens Olewe’s (@DickensOlewe ) piece on rights infringement in the time of COVID-19. We also recommend subscribing to Dickens Olewe’s podcast, and to start by listening to one of his recent episodes, when he sits down and talks with Ory Okolloh (@kenyanpundit) and Nanjala Nyabola (@Nanjala1).
- To close the news, Rachel shared that President Magufuli in Tanzania encouraged people to go pray in churches and mosques to quell a “satanic” virus that can only be cured by divine intervention. Even in uncertain times, we see clear links between religion and politics, which is the focus of her book with Gwyneth McClendon (@GManMac), From Pews to Politics.
And here are some links to things that came up in our chat with George Ogola (@Ogolah) about African media in the time of COVID-19 and beyond:
- The piece in The Conversation that caused us to reach out to him for an interview: Why Africa’s journalists aren’t doing a good job on COVID-19.
- Read also George’s 2011 article in Africa Today that Kim mentioned: The Political Economy of the Media in Kenya: From Kenyatta’s Nation-Building Press to Kibaki’s Local-Language FM Radio
- George and Kim mention two books during their chat, Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument by Chabal and Daloz and Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.
Finally, a few bonus links to things we read this past week but didn’t have time to share:
- How Will the Coronavirus Reshape Democracy and Governance Globally? from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- New Ebola case in Congo, days before outbreak’s expected end from the Associated Press (posted to ABC News)