Monthly Archives: September 2012

South Africans and our emotions (Guest post by Claudia Forster-Towne)

Over the weekend I read a blog entry titled “The trouble with South Africa”. The author was mystified as to why the social networking world wasn’t more outraged at the shooting of 34 protesting miners in Marikana.

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”Even my grandmother would go fighting” (Guest Post by Ilmari Käihkö)

Sitting between houses in a yard close to one of the busiest roads in Monrovia we were seven: six former ”generals”  – a common term used to refer to any rebel commander – of the rebel group LURD and me. … Continue reading

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Bleak prospects in Ivory Coast: the Third Ivorian War (Guest post by Ilmari Käihkö)

As this researcher packed his things and returned to Monrovia the prospects in Ivory Coast require one more look. While I still regard Ble Goude’s victorious prophecy that I discussed in my previous post false in the sense that toppling … Continue reading

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The logic of staying mobilised – Liberian ex-combatants and the 2011 elections (Guest post by Mariam Persson)

In most post-conflict countries much is at stake and tensions are high during elections. The Liberian 2011 elections were no exception. The difference between winning and losing can be huge, because in Liberia the winner takes it all. But here … Continue reading

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