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Africa

What should Europe do?

EUROPE: Europe and EU co-operation have developed in step with society's crises and challenges. On that occasion, MODERN TIMES has asked a number of Norwegian opinion leaders questions about the future of Europe. The EU's Green Deal shows leadership on the environment and climate, in addition to digital services. We ask which areas the EU should prioritize, with appropriate political, legal or industrial initiatives and forms of cooperation.

To challenge a Eurocentric perspective

Olivette Otele Hachette, Verena Krebs: African Europeans. An Untold History, Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy with Latin Europe

IDEA HISTORY: African and African-European personalities were central in building what we today call Europe – from the dawn of time to the present day. Africans founded cities in Spain and Italy before ruling the Roman Empire. And Ethiopia also helped Europe advance in the 1400th century.

The invaders among us – stink bugs, king crabs, Nile perch and coronavirus

TRAVEL ESSAY: In our time of catastrophic extinction of species, you may risk overlooking the catastrophic spread of some species. As we experienced on our journey with the four-wheeled home with the beetle Halyomorpha halys – or what about the king crab in Norway?

The Soviet architecture

Lukasz Stanek: Architecture in Global Socialism. Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in the Cold War

DIPLOMACY: The Soviet Union and the Eastern European satellite states gained influence in the world through a so-called gift diplomacy that spawned streaks of architectural beauties. By Hans Henrik Fafner

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.