Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy Christmas from perspectivesonafrica!

Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noël et bonne année, Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr, Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo, Mbagaliza Christmass Enungi Nomwaka Omugya Gubaberere Gwamirembe, Feliz Natal e próspero ano novo, ¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!, Krismasi … Continue reading

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Operation Ironclad: The British Invasion of Madagascar in 1942

Among the tumultuous events of World War Two the British invasion of Madagascar in  1942, generally known under its codename “Operation Ironclad”, has always received scant attention from modern historians, who still see it as a marginal note to more … Continue reading

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From African renaissance to African decadence: the twilight of a Senegalese Patriarch

President Wade fought for 26 years as a charismatic opposition leader to the successive regimes of Leopold Sédar Senghor (1960-1981) and Abdou Diouf (1981-2000). This long march to the seat of President had been punctuated by an ascending and legitimate … Continue reading

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Through the eyes of a University student

Over the last few months I have discovered a new found inspiration in Vincent Hiribarren’s African history module, some of you will know him as a curator and blogger of this page. Never studying African history before except touching on … Continue reading

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Adeus Cesaria Evora

Cesaria Evora, a singer from Cape Verde, has died today. It’s not often that a singer from these Western African islands becomes internationally famous. This is what happened to Cesaria Evora in the 1980s. It would be quite hard to … Continue reading

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A new Afar Sultan for the Horn of Africa

On 10 November 2010, a new Afar Sultan called Hanfareh Ali Mirah was crowned in Ethiopia. What does it mean for the Horn of Africa? There are around 1,000,000 Afar or Danakil people who live mainly in Ethiopia, Djibouti and … Continue reading

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The Rise of the European Right; Economic Downturn and African Migrants

As the economies of Europe’s leading countries continue to waver in the economic storm the focus of the western media and politicians has inevitably rested on the in’s and out’s of the financial situation; on stocks and shares, on diplomatic … Continue reading

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