Monthly Archives: March 2012

Noted: Financial Times presents “Graphic World”






In Kenya, $415m/month or $5bn/year (15% of GDP!) flows through cell phone banking. This is from the Financial Times cool new “Graphic World” exhibit, available online and at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Other presentations focus on “Global Economy” and “Recession & Recovery”.

Events: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie @ Yale






A Reading and Discussion with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the acclaimed author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and The Thing Around Your Neck Thursday, April 5, 2012 4:30pm Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven CT Free and open to the public Sponsored by the Council on African Studies, African Languages &…

@Wes: The Brodigan Award, Apply Now!






Graduating seniors and recent alumni: don’t forget to apply for the Brodigan Award. The due date is April 6th. You can email your applications to me. African Studies Cluster @ Wesleyan » Christopher Brodigan Award.

Noted: Random bits






Business Insider reports that “Rich People are More Likely to Cut Off Other Drivers and Run over Pedestrians.” They link to a study out of UC Berkeley and U Toronto, published in PNAS that has this abstract: Seven studies using experimental and naturalistic methods reveal that upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lower-class individuals. In…

Noted: More reactions on the Mali Coup






First, an interesting point that is often not stressed enough in the news reports on the coup: President Toure wasn’t even running in the April presidential elections. He already planned to step down. So why be impatient? Indeed, Gregory Mann seems appropriately skeptical of the coup leaders’ lofty goals for fighting corruption and promoting democracy…

Africa Notes: Senegal has a new President






Former PM Mack Sall apparently has won the run-off election. The fact that Wade has conceded is fantastic news for West African democracy. It doesn’t quite balance out the recent Mali coup, but it is great news, nonetheless. BBC News – Senegal’s Wade admits presidential election loss.

GEP Course Notes: Oil in Africa






Drilling Africa’s Arctic | Thought Leader. The Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest Unesco World Heritage Site, is situated along the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. It contains more species of mammals, reptiles and birds than any other protected area on the continent. It has an exceptional diversity of landscapes…

Noted: The Facebook Empire






The Economist has an interesting chart up over at their website which they say demonstrates that Facebook connections mirror old empires. They have images for the former British, French, Spanish and Portuguese empires. They really seem to hold-up for the Africa examples. Of course, China blocks Facebook, which means that we can’t really test this…

Africa Notes: The Mali Coup






The recent coup in Mali is an important setback for Sahelian democracy. And the situation there is still fluid, as reports of a counter-coup (which may just be a rumor)surfaced today. Here are some of the themes that are emerging: Coup Causes 1. The North Africa Spring. As I hinted last week, we can trace…

Too Awesome: Obama’s Nominee for World Bank President






Update: There is more out there on this guy and I just had to add it in… This must be seen! I think Obama’s choice just might be a stroke of genius. Obama Nominates Dartmouth’s Own Rapping Spaceman to Head World Bank > Dartmouth, Jim Yong Kim, world bank | IvyGate. And, from Business Insider’s…