Monthly Archives: November 2012

Congo Siasa

NPR Morning Edition listeners may have heard Jason Stearns interviewed today by Renee Montagne regarding the M23 rebels taking control of eastern Congo‘s major city, Goma (where he is currently located). His blog, Congo Siasa, includes this entry: Who is the M23? Stearns book is Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the […]

Mine Kafon

See Vimeo video about the inventor of a cheap and simple de-mining tool. Also see the Mine Kafon blog entry: Massoud Hassani (1983) “I grew up in Qasaba, Kabul. My family moved there when I was 5, and at the time there were several wars going on. My brother Mahmud and I we played every day […]

Kelvin Doe invited to Visiting Practitioner’s Program at MIT

Inspiring YouTube video 15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station  where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus. Kelvin became the […]

Africa Past and Present, Episode 67: Africanizing History and Society

Episode 67 of Africa Past and Present is available: Africanizing History and Society In this episode, Dr. Sifiso Ndlovu (CEO, South African Democracy Education Trust) reflects on the Soweto 1976 rising; personal and professional perspectives on challenges and contributions of African historians;  writing and editing SADET’s “The Road to Democracy in South Africa” series; and […]