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Boniface Musavuli, « Les Génocides des Congolais. De Léopold II à Paul Kagame »

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La guerre déclenchée au Congo en 1996 perdure en guerre de basse intensité. Il s‘agit de deux décennies de crimes indicibles qui ensanglantent le pays dans une indifférence totale de la « Communauté internationale ». En 1996, le Zaïre (actuelle RD Congo) fut envahi par une coalition des armées étrangères parrainées discrètement par les États-Unis et Continue reading Boniface Musavuli, « Les Génocides des Congolais. De Léopold II à Paul Kagame »

Witness – African Business in China

Many African entrepreneurs today consider China as the new land of opportunities. One of them is Nathalie Fodderie from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On a reconnaissance trip to Guangzhou, in Southern China, she has three weeks to find equipment for her Kinshasa restaurant that needs complete refurbishment.Fodderie works with an established network of African and Chinese middlemen and traders and haggles with some of the toughest businessmen in the world.Through her journey, we see how African and Chinese traders grapple with geographic and cultural hurdles to make a profit.

Isaac Bacirongo speaks about his memoire, Still a Pygmy


Isaac helped establish the first Indigenous rights organisation in D.R. Congo in the mid-1990s.  He was imprisoned because of his activism by the rebel regime that occupied the area from 1998 to 2003, but managed to escape and flee to Nairobi with his wife and 10 children, later registering as a refugee with UNHCR and being resettled in Australia.  A key reason I became interested in this project was the lack of good first-person narratives by Congolese about the Congo Wars.

 
Still a Pygmy brings to life the political and social themes of contemporary Central Africa, and makes them accessible for undergraduates.  It is available in paperback and as an ebook through Amazon and other bookshops.

(Finch Publishing, 2015: http://finch.com.au/books/still-a-pygmy). 

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

A print shows African captives being taken on board a slave ship. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty
A print shows African captives being taken on board a slave ship. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty

The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a 150-year-old document: a few sheets of paper that compelled Hollywood actor Ben Affleck to issue a public apology and forced the highly regarded US public service broadcaster PBS to launch an internal investigation.

The document, which emerged during the production of Finding Your Roots, a celebrity genealogy show, is neither unique nor unusual. It is one of thousands that record the primal Continue reading The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

L’histoire méconnue de la défaite de Napoléon en Haïti

Entretien avec Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, Historien, “L’armée indigène, la défaite de Napoléon” aux éditions Lux.
En novembre 1803 eut lieu la bataille de Vertières, qui ouvrit la voie à l’indépendance haïtienne et scella une des pires défaites de l’armée napoléonienne. En France, cette bataille a été reléguée aux oubliettes de l’histoire. Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec lève le voile sur ce souvenir encombrant.