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The tiny African island of Mauritius is only slightly bigger than the City of London, and much less densely packed – slightly more than 1.2 million people versus London’s nearly 9 million. ¬† The island punched above its weight in providing heroic agents for the Allied Cause in World War II, however. ¬†One of those …

  • May 12, 2021
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I think submission to authority and absolving oneself from blame by saying that one has to obey orders are widespread… I think all medical students should be taught about the research on submissiveness being a key etiological factor in the perpetuation of atrocities. They should be fully familiar with Milgram’s work and reflect on Hannah …

  • April 21, 2021
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Aminatta Forna tackles trauma, although not in the way that most western readers are used to dealing with trauma’s effects. ¬† Her previous book, Happiness, brings a different explanation to how different cultures deal with trauma. ¬†The problem, rather than the trauma itself, is societal expectations of trauma. ¬†Those who expect a trauma-free life as …

  • April 19, 2021
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Whenever there is a vacancy in the Office of the President, the First Vice-President shall assume that office for the remainder of the term and shall appoint another to serve as First Vice-President for the remainder of the term. — Section 83, Subsection 4 of the Malawi Constitution When President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika …

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April 7, 1994 was an evil day. ¬†It was not just a day of evil in one place, but a day of evil across continents. It was on 6 April 1992 that the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina began. And it was on 6 April 1994 that the Rwandan Genocide began with the plane crash …

  • April 7, 2021
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The richest man in the world, of all time, came from Africa. ¬†Many people know the story of Mansa Musa, the rule of the Empire of Mali, who spent so much gold during his journey to Hajj that the price of gold was devalued for several years after he went home. ¬† Lesser known is …

  • February 26, 2021
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There is little historical fiction addressing any genocide in Africa, but genocides took place. ¬† There are even fewer books about what comes after a genocide in Africa. ¬† While The Scattering by Lauri Kubuitsile addresses ¬†the genocide of the Herero in what is now Namibia, it also delves into the after – and what …

  • February 24, 2021
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Comrades, today is the day when we should show our devotion to our viceroy by reacting and destroying the Ethiopians for three days.¬† For three days I give you carte blanche to destroy and kill and do what you wan to the Ethiopians.¬†¬†‚ÄĒFederal Secretary Guido Cortese On 19 February, which is Yekatit 12 in the …

  • February 19, 2021
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When King Cetshwayo died on 8 February 1884, the circumstances were suspicious. ¬†Officially his death was due to a heart attack, but not even the British ¬†representatives who observed his autopsy could agree on whether or not the last independent king of the Zulu had been poisoned. Cetshwayo’s life was remarkable in many ways. ¬†His …

  • February 8, 2021
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In the 1940s an uncomfortable truth was emphasized by the Portuguese Labor Inspectorate in the colony of Sao Tome – the conditions of the workers on the cocoa plantations there could only be compared to slavery. ¬† “The reality today is the following: many agriculturists of Sao Tome organize their agricultural possessions on the basis …

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