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Zimmerman, A.: Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South (Paperback and Ebook) | Princeton University Press
“In 1901, the Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington, sent an expedition to the German colony of Togo in West Africa, with the purpose of transforming the region into a cotton economy similar to that of the post-Reconstruction American South. Alabama in Africa explores the politics of labor, sexuality, and race behind this endeavor, and the economic, political, and intellectual links connecting Germany, Africa, and the southern United States. The cross-fertilization of histories and practices led to the emergence of a global South, reproduced social inequities on both sides of the Atlantic, and pushed the American South and the German Empire to the forefront of modern colonialism.

Zimmerman shows how the people of Togo, rather than serving as a blank slate for American and German ideologies, helped shape their region’s place in the global South. He looks at the forms of resistance pioneered by African American freedpeople, Polish migrant laborers, African cotton cultivators, and other groups exploited by, but never passive victims of, the growing colonial political economy. Zimmerman reconstructs the social science of the global South formulated by such thinkers as Max Weber and W.E.B. Du Bois, and reveals how their theories continue to define contemporary race, class, and culture.

Tracking the intertwined histories of Europe, Africa, and the Americas at the turn of the century, Alabama in Africa shows how the politics and economics of the segregated American South significantly reshaped other areas of the world.

Andrew Zimmerman is professor of history at George Washington University and the author of Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany.”

[via: https://twitter.com/zunguzungu/status/1163504107690217473

in reference to:
“In order to understand the brutality of merican capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.” (Matthew Desmond)
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/slavery-capitalism.html
germany  imperialism  history  us  cotton  globalization  globalsouth  books  toread  andrewzimmerman  bookertwashington  alabama  africa  togo  cooton  agriculture  labor  exploitation  climate  poltics  economics  segregation  americansouth 
yesterday by robertogreco
Rwanda: where even poverty data must toe Kagame’s line | Financial Times
An FT investigation reveals that some statistics could have been manipulated
Rwanda  data  law  stastistics  contradiction  Africa  2019  misc  Tanzania 
yesterday by stevesong
Tanzania law punishing critics of statistics 'deeply concerning': World Bank - Reuters
The World Bank said it was deeply concerned about new Tanzanian legislation which would punish anyone who questions official statistics, saying the law would undermine the production of useful and high quality data.
Tanzania  data  law  stastistics  contradiction  Africa  2019  misc  Rwanda 
yesterday by stevesong
Nontsikelelo Mutiti on Interrogating the Euro-centric Design Canon | | Eye on Design
Why are we not looking at, say, Zulu beadwork and then talking about color theory in relationship to that? When we’re talking about color mixing, we’re talking about Pointillism, Impressionism. But what if we think about kente in relationship to that—in relationship to modernism and a rectilinear approach to design motifs?...

I’m making those points using ideas on hair braiding, thinking through them, thinking about even that visual form as writing, as meaning making, and thinking about how that relates to typography, or pattern, all of those things....

This idea of the global has never been all-encompassing, nor has it referenced how motifs, trends, and visual ideas have circulated since before colonialism and because of it.
graphic_design  decolonization  africa  writing  color 
3 days ago by shannon_mattern
Reporter’s Diary: Boko Haram and the battle of ideas
“We have introduced a new regime of services to the local populace,” an ISWAP commander boasted in a WhatsApp interview. “It would seem that the military, even at the height of their control over these territories, did not present themselves as a value proposition to the villagers, [meting out only] injustice.”
Africa  conflict  Islam  terrorism  international-affairs  politics 
3 days ago by ondrejr
Twitter
Happy Birthday to my daughter, and also to Christopher Okigbo, 1932-67, 's greatest poet. Earlier this year…
Africa  from twitter
4 days ago by uche
Resurgence of Internet Censorship in Ethiopia: Blocking of WhatsApp, Facebook, and African Arguments
In June of last year, the then-newly formed Ethiopian government moved to unblock hundreds of websites, seemingly taking its pledges for a more open, democratic society seriously. But following an alleged coup attempt in June 2019, Internet access was shut down again, according to research conducted by OTF-supported Open Observatory of Networking Interference (OONI). A new OONI report looks at this new wave of online censorship in Ethiopia, finding that WhatsApp and Facebook were both blocked, as was the investigative news site African Arguments.

From the report: "Ethiopia seems to be sliding back to old ways when internet censorship was a pervasive practice. After the political changes of 2018, hundreds of websites were unblocked, but the recent internet blackouts, social media censorship, and the ongoing blocking of WhatsApp and Facebook point to a dangerous path for freedom of expression, access to information, and associated human rights in the country. In addition, the lack of transparency and accountability as to why these websites and apps are blocked is a cause for concern. Network measurement data collected from Ethiopia indicate a pattern: The lifting of complete internet blackouts is followed by the blocking of social media and messaging applications, with WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and facebook.com being the most affected. We also observed more censorship on mobile networks than on fixed-line (WiFi) networks."

Image: OONI's research indicates that WhatsApp remains blocked in the country.
otf  ethiopia  censorship  social  block  africa 
5 days ago by dmcdev
Takao Foundation for Women, Youths, and Minority & Marginalized groups of people in Eastern Africa
African Diversity & Inclusion Center aims to introduce D&I concepts into corporate Africa, and governments including African Union, and regional blocs like East Africa community, Southern-African Development Cooperation among others through a number of initiatives.
diversity  Africa  EastAfrica  inclusion  social_development  human_rights 
5 days ago by weitzenegger
Perpetual Debt in the Silicon Savannah | Boston Review
--a disappointing exercise in capitalism bashing marxist hermeneutics. With minimal effort, I could easily make this article to be about any of erstwhile British colonies.

The interesting differentiating aspect of capitalism in such states is the fusion feudal economic structures and modern capitalist institutions. The leftist take offered here is too generic to be meaningful.
africa  economics  poverty  technology  capitalism  consumer_protection  breview 
6 days ago by rvenkat
Huawei technicians helped African governments spy on political opponents • WSJ
Joe Parkinson, Nicholas Bariyo and Josh Chin:
<p>According to these officials, the team, based on the third floor of the [Ugandan] capital’s police headquarters, spent days trying to penetrate [opposition leader Bobi] Wine’s WhatsApp and Skype communications using spyware developed by an Israeli company, but failed. Then they asked for help from the staff working in their offices from Huawei, Uganda’s top digital supplier.

“The Huawei technicians worked for two days and helped us puncture through,” said one senior officer at the surveillance unit. The Huawei engineers, identified by name in internal police documents reviewed by the Journal, used the Israeli-made spyware to penetrate Mr. Wine’s WhatsApp chat group, named Firebase crew after his band. Authorities scuppered his plans to organize street rallies and arrested the politician and dozens of his supporters.

The incident in Uganda and another in Zambia, as detailed in a Wall Street Journal investigation, show how Huawei employees have used the company’s technology and other companies’ products to support the domestic spying of those governments.

Since 2012 the US government has accused Huawei—the world’s largest maker of telecom equipment and second largest manufacturer of smartphones—of being a potential tool for the Chinese government to spy abroad, after decades of alleged corporate espionage by state-backed Chinese actors. Huawei has forcefully denied those charges.

The Journal investigation didn’t turn up evidence of spying by or on behalf of Beijing in Africa. Nor did it find that Huawei executives in China knew of, directed or approved the activities described. It also didn’t find that there was something particular about the technology in Huawei’s network that made such activities possible.</p>
huawei  africa 
6 days ago by charlesarthur
NCC to decommission 693 abandoned telecoms masts | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsBusiness — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may decommission about 693 telecoms masts alleged to have been abandoned in several parts of the country.
Nigeria  Africa  2019  NCC  towers  decommission  cdma 
6 days ago by stevesong

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