Category Archives: Africa

This — Mali — worries me so much

On the PBS Newshour tonight, there was a report about Mali.  Some group calling itself Al-Qaida and the Tuareg, have taken over the northern part of the country.

If Al Quieda was not enough, the Tuareg are in on it; they are modern day slave holders.

This is not good.

Perhaps our CIA is busy — maybe the African Union will take notice.  No wonder one of my student’s mother told her not to come home — that was more than a year ago.

I can only hope someone in the State Department is doing something.

Despite all of the racism in our country, we need all of Africa on our side.

I’m doing my part.  What are you doing?

I Got My Sole Rebels!!!!

I ordered a pair of too-toos like this, and a pair of slip-ons like this.

One of my students loves shoes and we have been talking about my getting these for some time.  When I wore the too-toos the first time, she agreed they were cute.  I told her that I was getting another pair today (the Fed-Ex person left a signature sticker yesterday).  She showed me her new slip-ons, but I asked her if she knew who made her shoes, and that I could show her who made my shoes because there are pictures of the women who did on the internet.  She laughed, and I did, too.    She’s from Africa (I won’t say where), and she knows how much I love that place.

It makes me think.  I now know many young women and young men from Africa — mostly from the western part, but from many places.  Perhaps I will do what another person I know is planning to do — once all of her current pups have crossed over the bridge, she plans to move there.

I think I would love to do that, too.  It would be going home.


I’ve been encouraged by the news from Libya.    It looks like the “rebels” are locking things up and there has been another defection.

Soon we may have a new democracy in North Africa.  The people trying to take the country have been working with Europe and NATO.  This could be the change that makes the difference for Africa.

A new country was born today

Long live South Sudan.

Those giving GW Bush credit just don’t understand.

The worst thing to happen to Africa is the proselytizer.

“the Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis”

The hell?  Per Liz Crazy, oh, I mean Cheney.

I know that Turkey is struggling with their secular/religious issues, but last I checked they were on our side and are NATO members.  And that goes back further than the existence of Israel.

Turkey has been restrained in its criticism.  Israel has been bellicose in its own defense.

Perhaps we can get the peace processes going.

I won’t buy anything from Israel and I applaud the efforts that Palestinians are making to enforce a ban.  It was the most effective way for the South Africans.

And that the Israelis propped up the apartheid regime in South Africa to the end because of diamonds just plays to type at this point.


With what happened at Fort Hood, and the relentless stream of scary Muslim stories in the U.S. — tonight a report on the local news that some Mosques here are sending money back to Iran, I just have to point and laugh.

For a long time, churches here in the U.S. have been funding people to spread out around the world to proselytize. When I was a pre-teen, my mom’s church was where I discovered Africa — through its program to send missionaries there.

With the fall of the former Soviet Union, missionaries flooded Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. I can’t tell you how many of my students in Latvia practiced their English with Mormons around pool tables. And the other Christians were there, too.

So why is anyone surprised that Muslims are proselytizing here in the U.S.? Why worry that there are Muslims in our armed forces? Why be concerned about growing Muslim populations?

I admit I am an innocent bystander. I don’t really care what crazy omniscient being you believe in, and none of them will convince me that their God is the one, but I still find it calmly humorous that now Christians are getting bent about Muslims horning in on their turf. Religions are funny that way.

From Africa

We don’t have cable here in the Tam/Dora/Murph/kitten cave, but we do have the internets, and that’s where I first found this amazing young man and his book.

His name is William Kamkwamba and he is a magical person — and inspiring.  As a 14 year old, he built a windmill which produced electricity for his family’s home in impoverished Malawi.

John Stewart interviewed him.  He is just so full of joy.  His book is in the top 10 on Amazon.  I will order it tomorrow.

In my line of work, I have the opportunity to meet the more adventurous souls from around our planet.  I have always been impressed with those students who come from the African continent.  I have an affinity for the place and have for a long time.

From the reviews on  Amazon and William’s interview with Stewart, this looks to be a great read and a memoirs more significant than Sarah Palin’s.  Think about it.  This young man, now 22 years old, has made a stronger impact in the world than Palin had by 22, and arguably even now.