"In my opinion, this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to
understand the history of the USA. Carefully researched and soberly
written, it cuts through the conventional myths. The book stresses
that the nation has been fundamentally defined not only by slavery
but also by violent conquest, both within and beyond borders. The
corollary is that all of us living in this land, whatever our
ancestry, must choose whether to reinforce those pillars of white
supremacy or to join in building a society based on common
- William Minter, Editor, AfricaFocus Bulletin.
AfricaFocus is now expanding its presence on the non-profit Bookshop.org, which donates its income over costs and investment in expanding its service to independent bookstores and affiliates such as AfricaFocus Bulletin. For September 22-29, AfricaFocus is featured on the home page, with this book and others in the list below.
Stay tuned for more new features from AfricaFocus in months to come!
August 26, 2021 Mozambique/Global: “Most Egregious Corruption Case of the 21st Century”
“In my view the hidden debt scandal is the most egregious corruption case of the 21st century. In dollar terms, the Malaysian 1MBD case is larger, but Malaysia is far wealthier than Mozambique, ranked 47th out of 185 countries on GDP per capita whereas Mozambique ranks 180.“ - Richard Messick, senior contributor to the Global Anticorruption Blog and pro bono legal counsel to the Budget Monitoring Forum, a civil society coalition in Mozambique.
July 27, 2021 USA/Global: Let Cuba Live!
The Biden administration has now been in office for six months,
along with a narrow Democratic majority in Congress. So it seems an
appropriate time for a report card. I offered my evaluation in another AfricaFocus Bulletin sent out today, entitled “Building Back Better? Or Not?” But as I was finalizing that Bulletin, I realized that the rising U.S. attacks on Cuba are a key indicator of how things are going.
July 27, 2021 USA/Africa: Building Back Better? Or Not?
Last week marked six months for the Biden administration and for the
narrow Democratic majority in Congress. So it seems an appropriate
time for a report card on U.S. Africa policy. And that also means a
review of U.S. policies on today's most pressing global issues, on
which the negative effects fall disproportionately on Africans on
the continent and in the diaspora.
June 14, 2021 USA/Global: Bad Days for Big Oil (except in the GOP)
“Fossil fuel companies are having a big reckoning with climate change this week. Shareholders for Exxon and Chevron voted for measures that could force them to take more responsibility for their emissions, while a Dutch court is forcing Shell to slash its pollution.” - The Verge, May 26, 2021
May 31, 2021 Mozambique/Global: Fossil Fuels, Debt, and Corruption
“The scandal of Mozambique’s “hidden debts” has already cost the
country at least 11 billion US dollars, and has plunged an
additional two million people into poverty, according to a detailed
study of the costs and consequences of the debt published on Friday
by the anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP),
and its Norwegian partner, the Christian Michelsen Institute. The
term “hidden debts” refers to illicit loans of over two billion US
dollars from the banks Credit Suisse and VTB of Russia in 2013 and
2014 to three fraudulent, security–linked Mozambican companies –
Proindicus, Ematum (Mozambique Tuna Company), and MAM (Mozambique
Asset Management).” - report by Centre for Public Integrity
(Mozambique) and Christian Michelsen Institute (Norway)
by date | by place | by topic
May 31, 2021
Mozambique/Global: War, Intervention, and Solidarity
May 17, 2021
Africa/Global: Decolonizing Medical Technology
May 3, 2021
Africa/Global: African-Language Literature in Global Scholarship
April 19, 2021
Confronting Global Apartheid Demands Global Solidarity
April 6, 2021
Africa/Global: People's Vaccine vs. Vaccine Apartheid
March 22, 2021
Sahel: Questioning Counterterrorism?
March 8, 2021
USA/Global: Taxing the Tech Giants
February 22, 2021
Africa/Global: The Inequality Virus
February 8, 2021
Ethiopia: No End to War in Devastated Tigray
January 26, 2021
Africa/Global: Distant Horizon for Vaccine Equity
December 14, 2020
Africa/Global: State of Tax Justice 2020
November 30, 2020
USA/Africa: Build Back Better on Africa Policy
November 30, 2020
USA/Global: On Climate, How Much Will Be New?
November 18, 2020
Ethiopia: Not Too Late to Step Back from War?
October 23, 2020
Nigeria: A New Generation Steps Up
October 13, 2020
Africa/Global: The Future's Not in Plastics
September 28, 2020
USA/Global: Millions Displaced by US Post-9/11 Wars
September 23, 2020
USA/Global: Overhauling U.S. Foreign Policy
September 14, 2020
India/Africa: Common Threads of Kanga and Vitenge
August 24, 2020
USA/Global: Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, Part Two
August 24, 2020
USA/Global: Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, Part One
August 3, 2020
Africa/Global: Preventing the Next Pandemic