Review of THE TRIAL OF HISSÈNE HABRÉ


A landlocked country (even the shores of the lake are receding) in the midst of the enormous African continent. This country carries the same name as the lake: Chad. From 1982 – 1990 Hissène Habré ruled this country. He was no stranger to power for during previous reigns he had been Prime Minister and Secretary … Continue reading Review of THE TRIAL OF HISSÈNE HABRÉ

Revisiting the Habré trial: Finding hope in a Chadian tragedy


Many dictators of the past managed to leave the country they run and ruined and found asylum in an other country. In this new found land they continued to live with a fair portion of their amassed wealth, leaving their former citizens in poverty and structures of injustice.  Not all have the chance to escape … Continue reading Revisiting the Habré trial: Finding hope in a Chadian tragedy

New light on anti-apartheid activists’ deaths


The past is not over. It has not passed away. It is still present in many ways. The Dutch investigative journalist Evelyn Groenink, who lived for many years in South Africa, has written a book on the death of three anti-apartheid activists. The names are Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani. The content of … Continue reading New light on anti-apartheid activists’ deaths

South African police summon author of book critical of Zuma


The story unfolds and unfolds. The writer and journalist and cook Jacques Pauw wrote a book on the life of the people who are supporting president Jacob Zuma, president of the Republic of South Africa. South African politics and police are writing new chapters to this book. Unpublished chapters, but public ones. It seems that … Continue reading South African police summon author of book critical of Zuma

MR BIGSTUFF AND THE GODDESS OF CHARM


The writer of this travelogue is Fiona Stax Ledger who worked for the BBC Africa Service for about ten years. During this period she travelled to many countries, met many people, saw many sceneries, she travelled in many way to many places. In this book she recounts moments of this period chasing news, but in … Continue reading MR BIGSTUFF AND THE GODDESS OF CHARM

EATING THE FLOWERS OF PARADISE


The use of the khat leaves is in some countries forbidden, at other places the use of khat is a national passtime, surrounded by rituals, a way of life. When the United Kingdom decided to ban the use of khat, the khat farmers in Kenya were very angry. They saw a loss, an immense loss … Continue reading EATING THE FLOWERS OF PARADISE