Monthly Archives: August 2011

Changing Africa’s image, one panel at a time

One of the low points in the cultural history of the United States was the publication, in the late 1980s, of the Batman comic Death in the Family, an episode famous for the killing off of Robin, the hero’s sidekick. … Continue reading

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It’s very complicated, but those are the bad guys

I grew up with TV images of the Lebanese civil war, but I never really had a clue what was going on. Unless wars involved Western militaries, the media seemed to be happy to present conflict both simplistically – “it’s … Continue reading

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Just another crisis: Famine, terror and governments in Somalia

I hardly know where to start on the Horn of Africa famine, except to say it all seems horribly familiar. Actually, make that ‘disgustingly’ familiar. Three decades on since Ethiopian famines spawned the likes of Live Aid and little has … Continue reading

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