Author Archives: Carol Jean Gallo

About Carol Jean Gallo

PhD student at Cambridge. Interested in local context and global affairs and the crossroads and misinterpretations between them.

6 Ways Congo Wins

I’ve seen a few stories in the news the past few years that proclaim the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be the worst country in the world for fill-in-the-blank. Indeed, in 2011 DRC ranked last in UNDP’s Human Development Index (though … Continue reading

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When Satirists Make Better Intellectuals Than Scientists

Recently a friend of mine (hat-tip to @dalliasd) tweeted this opinion piece by Glenn Greenwald over at The Guardian. The piece was a reaction to the stances of Sam Harris, a neuroscientist and popular public intellectual, on Islam. I won’t … Continue reading

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Mixed Messages From M23

This morning I noticed a couple of stories in the news, regarding the decision to deploy a UN-approved military intervention brigade in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: AFP: “Rebels in DR Congo say UN peace brigade move is ‘war’”: … Continue reading

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We Are Red Macaws

I’ve been doing a very dorky thing lately. I’ve been listening to anthropology lectures while walking around Cambridge, and deliberately walking rather than cycling so I have more listening time (and because I’m too nervous to listen to my iPod … Continue reading

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#SudanRevolts: Why Now?

I’ve written a number of posts in the last month or so, for UN Dispatch, about the protests in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan. The protests were sparked by the announcement of austerity measures by the ruling National Congress Party … Continue reading

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Season of Migration to the North: By Tayeb Salih (1969)

“Everyone starts at the beginning of the road, and the world is in an endless state of childhood.” It’s the 1960s, and we find ourselves in a village on the Nile. The narrator, a young man who has just finished … Continue reading

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Hassan: Hat Tip to a Local Champion

Last year I wrote a post for A Day Without Dignity about a community based development organization, Mbuyuni Development Youth Group. Mbuyuni works on a number of small-scale projects in their neighborhood, including trash collection and recycling.  They run a … Continue reading

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The “Developing Country” Double Standard

Once upon a time, David Week discovered that Washington lawmakers accepted donations from contributors with a stake in the passing of certain laws, even while in the process of actually drafting the legislation. Frustrated, he tweeted: “Why is this not called ‘corruption’?” Carol Gallo enlightened him: because it’s not Africa. Continue reading

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“DR Congo: Beyond the 2011 Elections” Panel 1: Marco Jowell

On 14 February 2012 the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Oxford Central Africa Forum, and the Royal African Society hosted two panel discussions on the recent elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Please read the requisite introduction … Continue reading

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“DR Congo: Beyond the 2011 Elections” Panel 1: Théodore Trefon

On 14 February 2012 the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Oxford Central Africa Forum, and the Royal African Society hosted two panel discussions on the recent elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Please read the requisite introduction … Continue reading

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