Ann Reed (North Dakota): Diaspora Tourism: The Heritage of Slavery in Ghana. From Pambazuka News, a special issue on reimagining another Africa: Food security, economic freedom and self-organising; and is Africa really rising? Ama Biney wonders. Timothy Spangler on a journey into Zimbabwe’s postcolonial subconscious. Is Africa really a drunken continent? The price of precious: Jeffrey Gettleman on how the minerals in our electronic devices have bankrolled unspeakable violence in the Congo. Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou on national institutions and subnational development in Africa. From the new Women Change Worlds blog, Beatrice Achieng Nas on poverty and the rural African girl. No need to dig: Many of Africa’s fastest-growing economies have not relied on oil or mining. Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Western Sahara, a land under occupation: For nearly four decades, Sahrawis have struggled for independence from Morocco — there are growing fears of a return to arms. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay wars that the deteriorating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) may spin out of control, further destabilizing the country. Amanda Sperber on the Central African Republic’s death spiral (and more). An excerpt from Africa's Moment by Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray. The not-so-great professor: Howard W. French on Jeffrey Sachs' incredible failure to eradicate poverty in Africa. Where to from here for the African PhD? Karen MacGregor wonders.

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