Tag Archives: Africa

The house that genocide built: Why Rwanda is still worth worrying about

Somalia. Sudan. Iraq. Afghanistan. Pakistan. Haiti. North Korea. Lebanon. Iran. All these countries top Rwanda in the latest Failed States Index. (In 2009, Rwanda was ranked No. 49.) All these countries have long eclipsed Rwanda for the world’s attention. The … Continue reading

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VW used ethnic slur to name its ‘Touareg’ SUV

In a hurry to get to a movie screening yesterday, I was speeding down a San Francisco street when a gas-guzzling SUV pulled in front. Already predisposed to distrust the driver (for lurching into my lane and polluting the atmosphere … Continue reading

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The literary musings of Libya’s Qaddafi: fiction, essays and even humor

Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Muammar Qaddafi to power, and while Libya is having a colossal party (“the mother of all celebrations” according to one description), many in the West are rueing Qaddafi’s staying power. … Continue reading

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NBC's "Wanted" program: In pursuit of ratings, pursuing a genocide figure

The New Republic has a must-read article on “The Wanted” — NBC’s controversial docudrama series, which goes after suspected terrorists and war figures. Written by journalist Andrew Rice, the article is an in-depth account that focuses on Leopold Munyakazi, an … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton in Africa: Good TV, bad diplomacy

Last night around midnight California time, the most popular story on CNN was Hillary Clinton’s diplomatic faux pas in Africa. You know, the press conference in Kinshasa where she glared at a questioner for apparently asking what Bill – not … Continue reading

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Obama’s Africa trip – racial stereotypes, and thoughts of Palin/McCain

Barack Obama’s visit to Ghana inspired an outpouring of media coverage – and a backlash from those who believe Africa is undeserving of such attention. Here’s a comment posted on ABC News’ web site by an person called “SJ”: “I … Continue reading

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