Reading Note: From the Avenue to the Chateau-Rouge Metro, Chronicles of the World Below

Bitter News from “Eternally Developing” Places, by Jean-Pierre Listre François-Xavier Akono, a Cameroonian Jesuit priest, gives us a series of bittersweet chronicles of trying realities, around little people whose way out one day is not very clear. First of all his style: he writes in small incisive sentences, sometimes “poetic” but precise, never practicing melodramatic...

Reading Note: Kako Nubukpo, The African Emergency, Let’s change the Growth Model! (by Jean-Pierre Listre)

Kako Nubukpo, Editions Odile Jacob; September 2019; 236 pages; €22.90, Professor Kako Nubukpo is an economist (with a sensitive historian’s tropism) and a renowned academic. He was Minister in charge of Prospective and Evaluation of Public Policies in Togo (2013-2015). His past experiences and a certain disenchantment inspired his recent book “L’Urgence africaine; changeons le...

Reading Note: Foccart Networks, The Secret Businessman

Jean-Pierre Bat: paleographer archivist, was responsible for the “Foccart collection” at the National Archives. This collection consists of Jacques Foccart’s personal archives and his service at the Elysée, the General Secretariat for African and Malagasy Affairs. The richness of this archival, heritage and historical ensemble makes it possible to clarify, and even to understand, many...

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