The scientific discourse about Africa has been overwhelmingly owned by the West/North. In fact, discourse ownership has been one of the most efficient instruments of Western/Northern domination in the post-colonial era. This section sets out to contribute to the solidification of an Africa-centred discourse by identifying, collecting and structuring scientific Africa-centred online content.

Kwame Opoku: They are selling Queen-Mother Idia mask and we are quiet

Idia Mask

Various media, including the Art Newspaper, and the Financial Times have reported that Sotheby’s, the auction house in London, will be auctioning a re-discovered masterpiece of Benin art, the ivory pendant of Queen-Mother Idia, on 17th February 2011 and other... |+| read article

Africa’s failings and the global system

Interview with Samir Amin, published by RFI and Pambazuka News. At 79, Samir Amin has lost none of his militancy. A leading thinker around ‘Third World-ism’, close to particular fathers of independence – like Modibo Keita – and the author of some 50 works on... |+| read article

Intellectual property: Pharmaceuticals, public health and subtle exploitation

Article by John Christensen and Khadija Sharife, first published by Pambazuka News. International intellectual property rights are increasingly serving the needs of the global pharmaceutical industry, write John Christensen and Khadija Sharife.

If... |+| read article

Human rights, livelihoods and Ubuntu for the 21st century

Article by Horace Campbell, first published on Pambazuka News. We cannot separate ‘the question of human rights and Ubuntu – our linked humanity and our peaceful coexistence with planet earth’ in the pursuit of ‘international peace and security’, writes... |+| read article

Kwame Opoku: Should Aesthetic Considerations take Precedence over Protection of Human Rights with Regard to Looted Artefacts?

We read with great interest an article by Tom L. Freudenheim, a former art museum director and former assistant secretary for museums at the Smithsonian Institution entitled “What Is Lost When Works are Trophies” that first appeared in the Wall Street Journal... |+| read article

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