Tuesday, December 30, 2003

African Links

I just added some new and important African links to my site on the 'Links Page'. The intention is that I will monitor these more closely over 2004....these are SADC, the African Union, and NEPAD. Let us hope we some constructive developments here in 2004 as these institutions are critical to the future of Africa and breaking down Afro-pessimism.

Monday, December 29, 2003

Back in Belfast

Back from 3 weeks in South Africa. It was a good trip and South Africa feels very positive at the moment. Belfast in turn is freezing and I returned to a broken down boiler and car with a dead battery. Let's hope the political situation does not match this in 2004. Soon it will be back to work, several papers and articles to finish, mainly on reparations and I will be running several workshops in Belfast in January.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

The Other Side of Silence by Andre Brink

I am still in South Africa, enjoying a break and being home. Just finished reading Andre Brink's "The Other Side of Silence", hardly light holiday reading! A very violent and disturbing book about the German occupation of Nambia (then South West Africa) in the early part of the 1900s. The book is interesting though mainly because the main protagonists are all women, and secondly because it deals with the subject of revenge. It is an important, albeit haunting, contribution in this regard. Now for something lighter....like Christmas.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

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2003 Weblog Awards

2003 Weblog Awards, I'm not on it.

Monday, December 15, 2003

I am away in South Africa

Currently I am away in South Africa. Blogging will be regular again once back in Ireland. But hopefully will get to to it from time to time...

Saturday, December 6, 2003

Known Unknowns, Know Knowns

"Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know."-- Donald Rumsfeld

Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Apartheid Victims Press for Reparations

Today Khulumani members disrupted a ceremony held in their honor Sunday to press their demands for long-promised reparations payments. About 300 members of the Khulumani group, led by veteran anti-apartheid activist Shirley Gunn, forced their way into the VIP tent during the "healing ceremony" in Cape Town's Company Gardens.