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Africa

Democracy in French-speaking Africa

Leonardo Villalon, Rahmane Idrissa (ed.): Democratic Struggle, Institutional Reform, and State Resilience in the African Sahel

SAHEL IN ENGLISH: France has, in a strange way, managed to preserve the hegemony over its former colonies, also in terms of the dissemination of knowledge. This book is a much-needed exception, which provides the background for understanding the recent coup in Mali.

At a time when only "necessary" travel is allowed

TO TRAVEL: Where are you going to travel when the pandemic ravages the destination? In the literature, of course. On the deserted islands of the books, you can stretch up the hammock without being infected by anything other than longing.

Raw, naked and masculine

Achille Mbembe: brutalism

RACISM?: Before it was the Baroque that seduced Mbembe, now it is brutalism – used as an analytical breaking point to understand Africa and its relationship with Europe.

It's our own fault

DESTROYED NATURE: : Profit hunting, illegal trade in wild animals and a growing population taking over natural areas, provide fertile ground for disasters. Covid-19 is not nature's revenge; we have done this to ourselves.

Flashy Norwegian-supported consumption in Africa

Deborah Posel and Ilana van Wyk (eds.): Conspicuous consumption in Africa

CONSUMPTION AND CORRUPTION: We have not heard much about Luanda Leaks in Norway. Perhaps because it is embarrassing that Statoil paid NOK 420 million to a non-existent research center owned by Angola's state oil company Sonangol, where Isabel dos Santos was director until she was fired in November 2017?

About despair and doom

INDIA: The Theater of Cruelty has just returned from India, where they participated in the 12th International Theater Festival in Kerala. We asked director Lars Øyno to reflect on their performance and experiences.

The neglected and aging

Pictures of Jantzen, Larsen, Jakobsen, Caspersen, Kristoffersen: Getaway

PHOTO – GRAN CANARIA: The purpose of the book Getaway has been to examine the westerner when he or she «enjoys, dreams, flees and recovers».

Crises are good store

Baz Lecocq, Amy Niang: Identity societies and temps of crisis

AFRICA: Very many consultants and contract researchers have made good money on the crises in the belt that stretches across Africa. The Sahel has become important not only for Norway, but also for the EU and the USA.

When going to the cinema becomes a political act

Suhaib Gasmelbari: Talking About Trees

SUDAN: What role can cinema play in democracy building?

Making the desert green

Jared P. Scott: The Great Green Wall

CLIMATE CHANGES: Musician Inna Modja travels along the 8000-kilometer route for Africa's ambitious Great Green Wall project, where a wall of trees will stretch across the continent.

This is how "Generation educated" becomes a reality

EDUCATION: Continued decline in international aid for education deprives half of all children in developing countries – about 800 million – of the education they need to secure meaningful work in the future.

I'm Julian

ASSANGE: Ultimately, it is about the right and moral duty to expose war crimes.