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Book review: “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa” by Jason Stearns (2011)

“Africa has the shape of a pistol, and Congo is its trigger.” Jason Stearns borrows this prescient utterance from Frantz Fanon, a fiery anti-colonial philosopher of the 1950s and 1960s, to open a chapter of his impressive chronicle Dancing in … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Nigeria’s state of emergency, Kidal battle looming, and Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia

Missed a week again as I was away in the greatest city in the world. But have no fear, a double helping of news roundup is here for all to see. West Africa Nigeria: In the most drastic measures taken … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Bashir’s good mood in Sudan, Mozambique troubles, and Michel Djotodia learns his lesson

East Africa Sudan: We caught President Omar al-Bashir in an extremely generous mood this past month. In addition to agreeing to a rapprochement with South Sudan over oil and border demarcation and indicating that it would be willing to negotiate … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 2 (Sub-Saharan Africa)

We’re now two weeks into the most exciting three weeks of the year—NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. For those of you who might not know: each year, 68 college teams (annoyingly bumped up from 65 a few years ago) compete … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Central African quagmire, Burmese violence, and UN steps up its game in Congo

A little late again with the news roundup, but you can rest easy: a sampling of this past week’s hot topics (hot, that is, if you are a Central African Republic follower) below! Central Africa Central African Republic (CAR): This … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Rumblings in Central Africa, progress on the two Sudans, and Al Qaeda’s pitiful online game

Busy week in several areas of interest for Notes on the Periphery! A lot of interesting stuff to get plugged into… West Africa Mali: Le Monde has a very eloquent description of the Islamist fighters’ “citadel of rocks”—the rugged Adrar de … Continue reading

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