Monthly Archives: July 2012

“Rich imaginations exist beyond Western shores…”

Using African Cinema to Shift Cultural Perceptions 7/3/2012 3:59:41 PM Khalid Halhoul for Utne Reader Magazine “The Istanbul Modern Film Series is a testament to how much has been accomplished by African filmmakers in recent decades. The term avant-garde is too diminutive a description for the genre-defying film, The Bloodiest (Les Saignantes). In 97 minutes, […]

Rage Against the Monuments

Rage Against the Monuments by Bhakti Shringarpure “The deliberate destruction of monuments is an act as age-old as man’s ability to build those very monuments. The past decade and a half has seen an extraordinary escalation in the desecration of great architectural works – from the Taliban’s demolition of 2000-year-old statues of Buddha in Bamiyan […]

Obituary: Ghana’s President John Atta Mills

Obituary: Ghana’s President John Atta Mills

24 July 2012 Last updated at 14:27 ET

“Ghana’s President John Atta Mills, who has died at the age of 68…is the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office. Born on 21 July 1944 at Tarkwa in western Ghana, Mr Atta Mills graduated in law at the University of Ghana in 1967 before studying further at the London School of Economics and receiving a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies….Mr Atta Mills [became] president after beating Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 elections.”

Thanks to Marcia for sharing the sad news.


Open repository mashup map

I just ran across this interactive mashed up map of Open Access & Institutional Repositories while reading an entry about the recent Finch Report (UK) and its implications for researchers in the developing world via independent journalist Richard Poynder‘s Open Access blog (which deserves its own comment, perhaps more on that later). In any case, […]

Penn and Google preserve endangered languages

Penn and Google preserve endangered languages By Jenny Trang · July 11, 2012 “With about half of the world’s 7,000 languages threatened with extinction by the year 2100, Penn Libraries is collaborating with Google and other organizations to preserve them in the Endangered Languages Project.” The Daily Pennsylvanian is the University of Pennsylvania‘s independent student […]

Africa’s Top Ten countries with fastest internet speeds

Africa’s Top Ten countries with fastest internet speeds Africa is generally considered not very connected. As reported by, Net Index confirms this with its recent research: “while Africa has some pretty impressive average internet speeds, the continent’s top country only managed to rank 77th on their list of 174 countries from around the world.” Does […]

Obi’s Nightmare: Kickstarter funded comic is critical of Equatorial Guinea’s president

“EG Justice is collaborating with Ramon Esono and a group of artists and social activists in Equatorial Guinea to produce and disseminate their first graphic novel, a sharp and witty social critique of a regime that continues to kidnap, torture, and assassinate its critics. The text of the graphic novel has been completed and Ramon is […]

Global cultural treasures under methodical attack in Timbuktu

American University Radio’s “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” WAMU 88.5 FM The Threat To Timbuktu July 11, 2012 Political upheaval in the West African nation of Mali is threatening the desert city of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Todd Moss (vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development) and Chérif […]

Rwanda bibliography, 1990-2011

Lagarde, François. Rwanda 1990-2011: Une Bibliographie. “The bibliography lists all English and French publications on Rwanda from 1990-2011. The six main classes are: witness accounts, social sciences studies, natural sciences studies, legal publications, literature (all genres), and films. 7016 entries. Introduction and Table of Matters in French. Regularly updated.” Available from the University of Texas […]

Caine Prize announces 2012 winner

“Nigeria’s Rotimi Babatunde has won the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled ‘Bombay’s Republic’ from ‘Mirabilia Review’ Vol. 3.9 (Lagos, 2011).” Read more: full official press release as pdf