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Lumumba – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Lumumba – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Colonialism, Communism, Congo, Democracy, History, Policy, Politics

In September 1960, Lumumba was dismissed by Kasavubu, and in turn Lumumba dismissed Kasavubu. The constitution did not allow for either of these moves. After a few days of confusion, Lumumba was definitively overthrown in a bloodless military coup led by the very person he had just appointed head of the army, colonel Mobutu. Lumumba’s […]

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Nos Noirs – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Nos Noirs – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Colonialism, Congo, History

Fifty years later, it is astonishing to read some of the colonial and early post-colonial writings about the Belgian Congo which is described as ‘our Congo’ or its inhabitants as Nos Noirs, our blacks.

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Highly Motivated Missionaries – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Highly Motivated Missionaries – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Christianity, Colonialism, Congo, History, Religion

The other important protagonist in the early history of the Congo Français was Prosper Augouard. Born in 1852, ordained in the congregation of the Holy Spirit, he arrived in Gabon in 1877. Missionaries of the time had to be highly motivated for their life expectancy in Africa was just three years. Augouard was more robust […]

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Brazzaville – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Brazzaville – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Colonialism, Congo, History

Brazza signed a treaty with a chief on the north side of the river, and planted the French flag. The chief could not read French and did not realise that he had conceded a large piece of land to France rather than merely getting some kind of protection and trading rights. Meanwhile, on the south […]

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The Benefits of Centralised Government – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Benefits of Centralised Government – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · Africa, Communism, Power

Cuba stands out as the country with not only the lowest HIV prevalence in the Americas but also the highest diversity: about half of Cuban isolates are either non-B subtypes or recombinants. This reflects the acquisition of multiple subtypes of HIV-1 (or recombinants) by some of the internationalistas, the soldiers that Castro sent to fight […]

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Hatred and History – “Disgrace” – J.M. Coetzee

December 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on Hatred and History – “Disgrace” – J.M. Coetzee · Africa, African, Crime, Fiction, History, Literature, Revenge

Halfway home, Lucy, to his surprise, speaks. ‘It was so personal,’ she says. ‘It was done with such personal hatred. That was what stunned me more than anything. The rest was … expected. But why did they hate me so? I had never set eyes on them.’ He waits for more, but there is no […]

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Story Tellers – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe 

September 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Story Tellers – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe  · Africa, Colonialism, Culture, Writing

‘Why? I hear you ask. Very well … This is why … Because storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit—in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever. That’s why.’

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The Rebellion of a Mouse in a Cage – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe 

September 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Rebellion of a Mouse in a Cage – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe  · Africa, Colonialism, History, Power, Quotes, Totalitarianism

That was when I smiled at myself and my puny, empty revolts, the rebellion of a mouse in a cage.

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Passing the Baton Between Empires – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe 

September 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on Passing the Baton Between Empires – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe  · Africa, Colonialism, History, Power, Security Policy, Totalitarianism, War, WW2

After a long career of subduing savages in distant lands they discovered the most dangerous savage of all just across the English Channel and took (Churchill) on and brought him to heel. But the effort proved too great and the cost too high, and although they acquitted themselves with honour they made sure that they […]

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An Angry Man is a Stupid Man – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe 

September 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on An Angry Man is a Stupid Man – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe  · Africa, Colonialism, Quotes, Revenge

Chris was smiling a mirthless smile. An angry man is always a stupid man. Make a thorough fool of him, my dear girl, he thought.

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