Monthly Archives: May 2011

Africa: News Roundup

A selection of recent stories from around the continent: Africa: Joint Declaration By G8 And Africa Bomb blasts rock Nigeria as Goodluck Jonathan is sworn in as president AID POLICY: What the numbers don’t tell you Somalia: Under-Fives Make Up … Continue reading

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Geography and Imperialism: Halford Mackinder and the first ascent of Mount Kenya

Halford Mackinder (1861-1947) is mainly known as the father of modern British geography, thanks to his relentless academic activity during the Edwardian era. However, he also became famous in his era for the first successful ascent of Mount Kenya in … Continue reading

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Translation of the inaugural speech of Alassane Ouattara in Ivory Coast

The following text is a translation of an extract of the inaugural speech given by Alassane Ouattara in Yamoussoukro at the foundation Félix Houphouët-Boigny on 21st May 2011. The original French text can be found here. Speech of HE Alassane … Continue reading

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Egyptian Rural Life: Interview with Professor Raymond Bush

Professor Raymond Bush of the POLIS department, University of Leeds, gives a frank and fascinating insight into rural Egypt’s agricultural and political landscape since 1987 in an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm. Click below to read the full text: Part 1 @ Part 2 … Continue reading

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Sudan: Tensions Escalate over Abyei

 Following the succession and the division of Africa’s biggest country, tensions have been strained over the border lines of North and South Sudan. The oil rich and fertile Abyei region has been claimed by both countries. The largely Muslim North supports … Continue reading

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South Africa: Election Results Analysis

ANC still most popular party but Democratic Alliance Party makes continued gains. See analysis of the results and the election process @ ANC takes kicking for not listening

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Podcast: The Scramble for Borno (1890-1961)

In this podcast, I try to analyse the Scramble for Africa in the Lake Chad region. I especially focus on the example of Borno located in modern-day Nigeria. I want to prove that the Scramble for Borno was a long … Continue reading

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