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The image shows colorful wax print fabric from Burkina FasoA favorite shot from fabric shopping in Ouaga last weekend

  • Video of the week: this is a beautiful homage to Dakar from Senegalese-French rapper Booba.

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  • Why are so many African flags red, yellow and green?  It may be connected to Ethiopia’s successful resistance to colonialism (although Ken Opalo raises other posibilities in the comments)
  • Song of the week: Subculture Sage‘s remarkable new video “Gold” documents a day in the life of an informal gold miner in Zimbabwe

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Toussaint L’Ouverture, who helped to lead Haiti to independence in 1804.  France forced the new country to pay reparations for destroyed property until 1947.  (Image source)

Rift Valley Institute courses still accepting applications

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The Rift Valley Institute’s summer courses on the Horn of Africa, the Sudans, and the Great Lakes region are starting very soon, but according to their Twitter feed applications are still being accepted.   I’d recommend the courses for anyone who is interested in these regions.  I took the Great Lakes course in 2012, and was very impressed by the group of scholars, journalists and human rights activists from within the region and beyond who led it.

Here are the dates and syllabus (PDF) for each course.

  • Horn of Africa: Nairobi, 31 May – 7 June. Syllabus
  • Sudan & South Sudan: Nairobi, 14 – 20 June.  Syllabus
  • Great Lakes: Bujumbura, 28 June – 5 July.  Syllabus