Monthly Archives: March 2009

News and Comment: last weekend of March roundup






Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials from the NY Times.  Judge Baltasar Garzon is at it again. He was the Spanish judge who ordered the arrrest of former Chilean dictator Pinochet. He also has looked into the activities of Basque separatists and the executions of the Franco era.  This time, due…

News and Comment: The G20 and Africa






In my Africa in World Politics class this week, I’ve been talking about the role of African states in global economic governance. This has been a focus of my own research, stressing the important roles coalitions can play, but how those roles are strongly influenced by the institutional and strategic environments that states operate in. …

News that interested me






Sarkozy seeks peace role in Africa from Financial Times IMF dampens hopes of aid to Zimbabwe from Financial Times Nigeria: Opposition gang up against gov’t from Africa News Are Coups d’Etat Making a Comeback by Deo Lukyamuzi at African Arguments

News and Comment: South Africa does what China wants?






The BBC (see below) is reporting that the South African government may be bowing to pressure from China in its decision to block the Dalai Lama’s entry. If true (and what other reason could there be?), it is yet another signal that doing business with China carries its own conditions.  And if South Africa cannot…

Johnnie Carson, nominee for top Africa job at State Department






On Friday, Johnnie Carson became Obama’s official nominee for US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the State Department (via allAfrica.com). A number of observers have worried about how long it took him to name someone to this post, that it is an indication of Africa’s low priority in the Obama administration.  But the choice…

The Monkey Cage: A New Rating of Colleges: Surf’s Up!






The Monkey Cage, a favorite blog of mine, has posted an important ranking of colleges from Surfline (via Inside HigerEd) based on their appeal to surfers. I’m happy to see my undergrad institution, UC San Diego, is at the top. I never was a surfer (unless a couple tries counts), but I can attest to…

Duncan Green on the IMF’s gloomy forecast






“IMF finally calls it – the world economy will shrink in 2009, and developing countries are hit harder than we thought Every revision of global growth predictions has been heading towards zero, and now the IMF, in its report to the G20 finance ministers’ meeting last weekend, has taken the next step. It predicts the…

News and comment: Madagascar and the African Union






The BBC and others have been reporting over the past day or so that the African Union has suspended Madagascar’s membership since the coup earlier this week.  This echoes the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) decision not to recognize the new “interim” president, Andry Rajoelina. Alistair Thomson, at Reuter’s Blogs, notes that between starting in…

News: Madagascar and World Bank study on poverty






Lova Rakotomalala at Global Voices tells us that the President of Madagascar has resigned. Duncan Green has a favorable early review of the new World Bank study, The Moving Out of Poverty Study. More about the book can be found on the World Bank’s website. According to the website it is due to be released…