Topic: Democratic Republic of the Congo
New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof has come under fire by Africa bloggers for consistently placing Western protagonists in his stories of humanitarian crises. He should go the extra mile to understand the politics, writes guest blogger Jason Stearns.
07/20/2010 12:40 pm
Several Pakistanis are among those detained in connection with Al Shabab's Uganda bombings during the World Cup final on July 11. The Al Qaeda-linked Somali group claimed responsibility for its first terrorist attack outside Somalia.
07/19/2010 11:04 am
How do I tell a brilliant and kind religious leader that it is not my job, as a researcher, to be the voice for the Congolese people, that he is a far better voice than I could ever be? They didn't cover this in graduate school.
07/14/2010 10:49 am
Congo President Joseph Kabila reportedly gave Belgian Queen Paola diamond-studded jewelry on the occasion of Congo's 50th anniversary celebrations. A bit of a PR catastrophe, says guest blogger Jason Stearns.
07/13/2010 11:22 am
Germans are finally able to celebrate their country after more than 60 years of dealing with their past. For the rest of the world, this should be a welcome turning point.
07/07/2010 12:03 pm
For a long time football was simply considered too complex and too ‘beautiful’ to be mastered by Africans, writes blogger Sipho Hlongwane. Racism created that perception, but poor African governance and political interference have helped keep that perception alive.
07/02/2010 11:33 am
A 17-fold increase in civilian rape between 2004 and 2008 in the Democratic Republic of Congo underscores the wartime legacy of sexual violence.
06/30/2010 03:47 pm
Africa Monitor Happy 50th, Congo! Celebrate by turning 'conflict minerals' into a tool for progress.
A report says legitimizing the mining sector is the best way to stabilize eastern Congo. And a new act in the US Congress would ban imports of conflict minerals – resources that cannot be certified as 'conflict-free.'
06/30/2010 09:55 am
The early exit of host-nation South Africa and France, Italy, England, and the United States has taken its toll on the vendors that had been doing well on the periphery of the World Cup.
06/29/2010 01:01 pm
The financial reform bill awaiting final votes in the House and Senate encompasses everything from banking to insurance to African minerals used in high-tech gadgets. Is that a good thing?
06/28/2010 08:47 pm