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Happy birthday? Reflections on Eritrea’s silver jubilee and moments of future challenge – or: ‘maybe next time in Asmara’

The date of 24th May 2016 marks the official 25th anniversary of Eritrea, the silver jubilee not of formal but de-facto independence of this small country in the Horn of Africa in 1991. Asmara, the Eritrean capital, will be full … Continue reading

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Academic publishing and the (hidden) dynamics of censorship

I just had an article published in Africa Spectrum on Universal Rights versus Exclusionary Politics, using aspirations and despair among Eritrean refugees in Tel Aviv as the case study. This article was originally submitted to a different Journal that focuses … Continue reading

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The quest for solidarity in a fractured Europe II – in the aftermath of ‘Paris’

This blog has been re-published as a Manchester Policy blog, http://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/posts/2015/11/the-quest-for-solidarity-in-a-fractured-europe-ii-in-the-aftermath-of-paris/ A few months ago I wrote a blog on the failed quest for solidarity in Europe in light of the contemporary movement of refugees and migrants. The main response … Continue reading

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Visual politics in action: How the image of a dead boy on a beach did little to change foreign policy or attitudes towards refugees

A few iconic images have shaped responses to humanitarian disaster and war. Who does not remember the naked girl in Vietnam, running away from a Napalm attack – captured by Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong Ut on 8 June 1972 … Continue reading

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The quest for solidarity in a fractured Europe

This blog was first publishes as a Manchester Policy Blog, see http://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/featured/2015/06/the-quest-for-solidarity-in-a-fractured-europe/ World Refugee Day 2015, on 20 June, coincided with a huge anti-austerity demonstration in London. This was narrowly concerned with the specific politics on the British Isles – … Continue reading

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‘I dream about those German sausages’

The above sentence was the message I received the other day from a Facebook-friend, together with a black and white photograph showing some African kids in a classroom with a tall, Germanic looking woman-teacher, and some German sentences on the … Continue reading

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