In this week’s episode, we start with news about LGBTQ rights in Botswana, Russian interference in African countries’ domestic politics, and east African governments announcing increased spending on infrastructure. We also mention the upcoming book launch for Jeffrey Paller and Noah Nathan’s respective books at CDD-Ghana on June 19th.
This week’s conversation is with Susanna Wing, associate professor of political science at Haverford College. She is author of the award-winning book, Constructing Democracy in Transitioning Societies of Africa: Constitutionalism and Deliberation in Mali, that was later published in paperback in 2010 as Constructing Democracy in Africa: Mali in Transition. Earlier this week Susanna wrote a helpful explainer piece about the recent violence and instability in Mali, which we talk about in this week’s episode. Our conversation begins at 11:11. … More Ep72. A conversation with Susanna Wing on intergroup violence and instability in Mali
We began our conversation this week on Tanzania and a proposed amendment to the Political Parties Act that would put opposition parties under greater scrutiny. This follows legislative moves to further stifle dissent. Here are the other stories and links featured in our newswrap segment as well as a few BONUS links: Political scientist Rachael McLellan (@RachaelMcLellan), wrote … More Links this week: Decreasing democracy in Tanzania, Ghana responds to US visa sanctions, and more
In this week’s episode, we speak with Ashley Currier, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. We asked her about her new book, Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa: Homophobia in Malawi. Her first book, Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa, was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary Book Award. Our conversation begins at 9:44. … More Ep55. A conversation with Ashley Currier on LGBTQ organizing in Africa
In remembrance of the April 1994 genocide in Rwanda, we interviewed Kivu Ruhorahoza in our latest episode. We also talked about what a bad week it was for opposing presidents in Uganda and Zambia. Starting with Uganda, outspoken scholar Stella Nyanzi (@drstellanyanzi) has been arrested. She was charged with cyberharrassment and offensive communication. Her arrest followed critical … More This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more
We started off this week’s podcast episode talking about U.S. President Trump’s executive order banning entry to all refugees and to nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries. There is a great resource for those affected by the (now temporarily lifted) ban titled, “Resources for Sudanese Americans and Sudanese in America / موارد للأامريكين السودانيين والسودانيين بأمريكا” … More From Episode #5: What we’re reading this week