By Damola Awoyokun

Good a thing that Mahmood Mamdani is coming to Nigeria to deliver Odia Ofeimun’s birthday lecture on 16th  March 2010. Mamdani is a scholar and public intellectual of note and a worthy successor to the great Ali Mazrui. If Indians have their Aijaz Ahmad, and the Caribbean have their Paul Gilroy, we often point to him as our most energetic mind. His knowledge is real, his scholarship thorough, his analysis in-depth.

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Over the last five years, Britain, the United States and other countries have written off billions of dollars in loans to the world’s poorest countries. But a small group of vulture funds have been trying to divert that money into their own pockets. Investigative journalist Greg Palast traveled to the West African country of Liberia to investigate how vulture funds have been operating there and why Liberia lost a $20 million case against two vulture funds in a British court.

Read more: From New York to Liberia, Investigative Journalist Greg Palast Tracks Vulture Funds Preying on...

Crowds of students stormed and occupied the office of a University of California, San Diego chancellor for six hours Friday after a noose was found hanging from a bookcase in the main library. The noose is only the latest in a string of incidents over the past few weeks. Protests were initially sparked by an off-campus party last month they called “Compton Cookout” that mocked Black History Month and denigrated African American women. UC San Diego has the smallest percentage of African American students in the nine-campus UC system. The Black Student Union at UC San Diego has declared the campus climate for racial minorities to be in a “state of emergency.”

Read more: Following String of Racist Incidents, UC San Diego Students Occupy Chancellor’s Office

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