Quote of the week
'..The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground...they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us...'- Alexandre Dumas - Diaspora
Andrew Jaggs – Kemet & Yorubaland : the missing piece
andrew jaggs phd -egyptologist

Andrew Jaggs has done important work in his PhD. I only have had access to an abstract (note 1) and a video interview. (Note 2). His thesis is about the relationship between ancient Egypt (Kemet) and Yoruba religion. Previously African scholars have focussed on archaeology and linguistics. But the heart of the matter is culture. It is culture that binds Africans together not skin tones. A second issue in the past has been a visible reluctance of some African…

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If you can see ‘white’ people – you are ill!

Sometimes it may be hard to understand cultural genocide, to get a handle on it. When something has become as pervasive as this is it begins to appear normal. One of the consequences of this cultural genocide is that Black people occasionally recognise something is wrong but locate it in their own skin and seek to get out of their skin. They hypothesise that if I cease to be seen as ‘Black’ I will be free. But this prison…

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Why Angela Davis has the new generation wrong
Angela Davis

 Angela Davis appeared on Democracy Now on 28 December 2021. It is with some hesitation that I seriously criticise Angela Davis. She was asked about the younger generations’ lack of interest in the struggles of the past and dismissals of her as irrelevant.  Of course, she is not irrelevant.  I still remember my first days at Clare College, Cambridge and choosing how to decorate my room. A poster of ‘FREE ANGELA DAVIS’  was placed in the most prominent place….

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Pankaj Mishra & The New Yorker: False Flags and shoddy journalism:
Mishra journalism

Mishra is a celebrated author and journalist. He is the winner of many prizes and additionally writes for The Guardian. If he reviews a work by Fanon in the New Yorker (6 Dec 2021), there must be some anticipation of interesting observations. Is our anticipation rewarded? It is a little unedifying that he begins the review by quoting Sartre and then a review by Hannah Arendt before even mentioning anything by Fanon. He states that Fanon’s renown was based…

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Rittenhouse: Signs of US Cultural collapse
Rittenhouse

Confucius was asked what would be the first thing he did if he was ever granted power. He answered: ‘rectify words’. It is neither Rittenhouse nor the jury verdict that is a sign of US cultural collapse. Matters like that have a long history in the US. We need only reference Rodney King.  What reveals the decline is the loss of correct word usage. Anders Walker (Note 1) describes the events and refers to the specific local law in…

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ASWAD and the younger generation of scholars

There was an impressive talk by Jim Downs about both the African contribution to epidemiology and its forceful elimination from the Western historical record. Apart from its own matter of interest Jim Down’s presentation thoroughly reveals a serious issue with contemporary Black scholarship. Many of the presenter’s at ASWAD talk of themselves as the first of a new generation of Black scholars inhabiting the halls of the Academy. This is a serious matter. It conceals two great and profound…

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ASWAD & Walter Rodney: plagiarism and incompetence.
Walter Rodney - a false prophet

During ASWAD conference there was constant reference to Walter Rodney almost as a sanctified person. There was uncritical adulation. This is entirely unsatisfactory, particularly from an academic environment. There is an element of irresponsibility here: what do we have to learn from his life? What did he do/say/write that was wrong and what was right? These are fundamental questions that people avoid asking. I attended a memorial for Rodney many years ago and during the question time I raised…

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ASWAD & AKHENATEN

ASWAD held  a significant conference 4-6 Nov 2021 on contemporary African and Diaspora thought. One of the panel focusses was on: ‘Transgressive Bodies and Sexualities in Black Diaspora.’   The panelists were: Bruno Santana, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brasil Megg Rayara, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brasil Andrea Allen, University of Toronto Joshua Reason, University of Pennsylvania Strangely they made no effort to seek historical origins or to find historical echoes in ancient Africa. While objecting to a current framing they…

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ICT -‘Bait and switch’ on Africa by international organisation
senior researcher at ATAF

There has been a very constructive conference ICTA (International Conference on Tax in Africa) held by ATAF ( African Tax Administration Forum). Contrary to many expectations in the world of Tax, Africa is aware and planning for the future and seeking applications for utilising advance tech, such as blockchain, for improving tax administration. On several occasions senior tax administration officials complained about the bad advice given by foreigners associated with international and multilateral aid organisations. This is serious. Dr…

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Bishop Kukah’s silence on sexual abuse of children in Nigeria by Catholic priests
Bishop Kukah

Jean-Marc Sauve has written about the sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church over many decades. His report estimated that 350,000 children over the years have been subject to sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church since the 1950’s. “The most terrible thing for me was to see the most absolute evil – the attack on the physical and psychological integrity of children – that is to say a work of death, perpetrated by people whose mission…

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