Crisis in Burundi: Carnage on the ground and chaos in the media

Roughly 3 months after the contested re-election of President Nkurunziza for a third, arguably unconstitutional term at the helm of the state, the political crisis and violent repression have grown chronic. Throughout the past months – starting as early as in April – cyclical outbursts of violence, including numerous killings and abductions, have spread fear … Continue reading

Amani Itakuya II: Conclusion

Concluding remarks: On the emergence of essayists Jason Stearns   Over the past month, Amani Itakuya has published twenty five essays about the conflict in the Eastern Congo, a majority of which were penned by Congolese. In conclusion, it is worth thinking about the space that these essays have carved out. Political and social debate … Continue reading

“Playing for Change, Singing for Peace” – A music festival in eastern Congo

Guest post by Timo Mueller, a Goma-based researcher, photos and videos courtesy Amani Festival In a region beset by violence, a music festival is a rare feat. This past weekend, more than 35,000 visitors from the Great Lakes Region of Africa and beyond visited the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo to celebrate … Continue reading

Electoral gamble fuels protests in Kinshasa and elsewhere

(Italic paragraphs added on January 25 and 26) As the Congolese government moves on to finalise changes in the country’s electoral law, a series of demonstrations and concomitant clashes between opposition and police forces have unleashed in Kinshasa (and other towns like Goma and Bukavu) over the past couple of days. Media and human rights … Continue reading

AMANI ITAKUYA II – Call for Submissions

After 25 diverse and rich contributions last year, the Amani Itakuya essay series embarks on her second edition. Here is to the call for submissions in English and French. Please share widely and participate! NEW DEADLINE – 20 January 2015 (version française ci-dessous) AMANI ITAKUYA II – Call for Submissions With Eyes Wide Open & … 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: by Teju Cole 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: (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