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Congolese Economics

November 9, 2014 // 9 Comments

Editor’s Note: This excerpt comes from David von Reybrouck’s Congo: The Epic History of a People. Nothing that follows in Reybrouck’s account comes as any [...]

The Simba Rebellion

November 8, 2014 // 12 Comments

We’re now several years into independence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “Mama Lungeni saw the rebels come to town. In early August of 1964 they took [...]

Congo’s Independence

November 7, 2014 // 10 Comments

I’m getting to the good part now in this massive book on the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo … first, this is the state of the country when the [...]

Congo’s Mineral Wealth

November 1, 2014 // 4 Comments

Here’s an important excerpt from David Van Reybrouck’s new book,  Congo: The Epic History of a People: “Beneath its surface, Congo turned out to conceal a [...]

Black History Month 2012: Review: Lumumba

February 8, 2012 // 26 Comments

Raoul Peck explores the rise and fall of Patrice Lumumba Democratic Republic of Congo Patrice Lumumba was the Congolese version of Malcolm X and Barack Hussein Obama. In June [...]

Deadliest Journeys: Congo

January 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

Congo H/T Nicawawa. “Hey white man, when you go home, tell them to rebuild our roads.” – Congolese trucker In this video, 1,500 Congolese sail up the Congo [...]