The French African Connection - Episode 1: France’s Thirst for Energy. The first episode of this three-part series untangles the web of political connections between France and its former African colonies.
I’m still waiting for part 2 to be made available in the U.S., but in case anyone is interested they give a pretty good overview of French foreign policy in the former colonies.
I’ve been waiting for Part II of Al Jazeera’s 3 part series on the French-African Connection and the video has been blocked in the U.S. as well as in France. I’m really bummed since I found the doc incredibly interesting; however I just remembered that Mali just had elections. I wonder if that’s the reason why it’s been blocked…
Yeah…it’s not available on that site either. In fact, documentaries don’t exist on it..
Marie-Louise Taos Amrouche was an Algerian artist and writer who was born into a family of Roman Catholic converts in 1913. She translated many folk tales to French and sang in Kabyle.
Her first album Chants berbères de Kabylie (1939) was widely successful as were her novels, Jacinthe Noir (1947) and La Grain Magique (1966). She passed in away 1976.
Supermodels of Senegal
Fierce Fashion from Oumou Sy The Senegalese designer is known as “Queen of Couture”. Her bold avant-garde and Afrocentric fashions are her signature style, with a touch of Western glamour. Sy is a Renaissance woman, she founded the Dakar Carnival and International Fashion Week and is also a teacher. Elaborate headdresses, vibrant colours, baskets, and even adorning CDs are her trademarks. She has pride for her culture and designs for the modern African woman, who has a bit of a fun side to her.
Check it out!
Matloob Za3eem - Cairokee
The Ethiopian government has used threats and violence to force people from their traditional land in the Omo Valley. They’re being moved to make way for new sugar plantations.
There is no shortcut to development; the people who havelong relied on that land for their livelihood need to have their property rights respected, including on consultation and compensation.
The significant changes planned for the Omo valley are linked to the construction of Africa’s highest dam, the controversial Gibe III hydropower project, along the Omo River. Downstream, the sugar plantations will depend on irrigation canals.
Melese was right when he said “They don’t want to see developed Africa; they want us to remain undeveloped and backward to serve their tourists as a museum.” Its just a shame that he think progress is following Western ideas of development.
US drone attack in southwestern Somalia kills 35
June 17, 2012
Local witnesses said the Saturday attacks near Gedo’s Garbaherey town targeted two al-Shabab bases.
Officials say nine al-Shabab seniors were killed, while dozens of innocent people were also wounded in the airstrikes.
The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.
Washington has been carrying out assassination attacks using the unmanned aircraft in other countries including Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, and Yemen.
The United States claims the CIA-run strikes are aimed at militants. But witness reports and figures offered by local authorities indicate the attacks have led to massive civilian deaths in these countries.
The UN has condemned the US assassination drone strikes, saying they pose a challenge to international law.
Teddy Afro in Addis Ababa Stadium and the Millennium Hall.