‘Conflict Minerals’ – An Open Letter

Over a few months, we have been working on de-mystifying the discourses on so-called “conflict minerals” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to constructively but critically assess the policy response these discourses have provoked so far. The outcome is a letter signed by 70 Congolese and international observers. In the following paragraphs, first published with … Continue reading

The drama of post-colonial governance in contemporary African politics

Today’s global discourses feature a large variety of thoughts relating to current governance in many places in the world. In an age of globalisation and concurrent modes of governance, statehood, administration, and society organisation have emerged. The African continent, despite its massive variety of political culture and governance modes, prominently shows up as a place … Continue reading

Kony 2012 revisited: A short bibliography on opinions worth taking into account

Without any longer comment, a couple of pieces (in random order) I may not all endorse at a 100% but I deem absolutely worth and important to read when it comes to the phenomenon of the Kony2012 campaign by Invisible Children finding its continuation in yesterday released “Move“ video: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-white-savior-industrial-complex/254843/?single_page=true by Teju Cole http://www.warscapes.com/reportage/not-click-away-joseph-kony-real-world by … Continue reading

Die Rückkehr der reißerischen Reportagen über den Kongo

Eine Replik auf Thomas Scheens Artikel „Die Rückkehr der Räuber“ in der FAZ vom 07. August 2012 URL: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/kongo-die-rueckkehr-der-raeuber-11847661.html (Das Titelbild dieses Artikels ist ein Screenshot dieser Internetseite)   Sehr geehrter Herr Scheen, mit Verlaub, Sie sind ein erfahrener Journalist, der für eine anerkannte deutsche Tageszeitung, die Frankfurter Allgemeine, Afrikaberichterstattung betreibt, die ich seit langer … Continue reading

Failed States Index 2010 – Same same, but different!?

Finally, I take the issuance of this year’s Failed States Index as an opportune occasion to start writing again. To have a short-cut introduction, for different reasons I did not manage to write earlier on this blog. First, I felt somewhat exhausted after all the reporting from my work in Haiti during January, February and … Continue reading