Daily Archives: November 10, 2019

The Africa Map Circle – “Explorations”


The Africa Map Circle (“The Circle”) is a project of the African Historical Graphics Archive.  It operates as an online community of scholars and students devoted to sharing and studying maps of Africa.   In joining the circle you can learn more about how to undertake research on digitized historical maps of specific regions of Africa as well as the continent as a whole.

In addition, teachers and professors at all levels — from elementary school through post-doctoral research fellows  — can learn how to teach a wide range of African studies topics though both ancient and modern maps.  The cartographic material ranges from maps that illustrate particular incidents or narratives from the historical past to contemporary satellite imagery highlighting land forms and emerging environmental crises in particular locations on the African continent.

Participants in the circle are encouraged to share notifications of their own research in African cartography and facilitate the exchange of information in this rapidly burgeoning, multi-disciplinary field of study.  For example, as part of the 2019 African Studies Association (ASA) annual meeting in Boston during November 2019, Dr. Gerald Rizzo extended a generous invitation to all members of the ASA to visit and view Afriterra at its Boston headquarters — a visit during which Dr. Jules Carney (UCLA, Geography) presented an important address entitled: “The Trans-Atlantic Horizon: A Cartographic Observance of Africa’s Botanical Legacy,” (22 November 2019) based on several decades of her research on trans-Atlantic ethno-botany. afriterra-mapIn the future further meetings of students at all levels, specialized researchers, historical map enthusiasts and scholars from all over the world who study African maps are anticipated to continue and expand this new field of online digital humanities.   For more information see: “Some Advantages of Joining the Africa Map Circle.”    Notices of further developments from The Circle will be posted here as they become available.


T. C. Weiskel
Coordinator, The Africa Map Circle


Brazil’s Ex-President Lula Freed, Promises to Continue Fight for Justice

Published on Nov 10, 2019
After spending 19 months in jail on a 12-year prison sentence, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that Lula had to be freed until his appeals are exhausted. Supporters greeted him enthusiastically and Lula promised to fight the unjust case against him and for social justice in Brazil.

US & EU sanctions only hurt people in order to push regime change agenda – Assad to RT

Published on Nov 10, 2019
The sanctions the US and Europe placed on Damascus serve a single goal: to pit people against the government and make them uphold the West’s agenda, Syrian President Bashar Assad told RT in an exclusive interview. The restrictions the EU and the US imposed against Syria initially targeted ordinary Syrians so that they would blame the government for their woes and eventually rebel, President Assad told RT’s Afshin Rattansi. Now, as the West has kept renewing the sanctions year by year for almost a decade, they serve another goal: to punish Syrians for refusing to bow to the pressure, the president said.

“Those people were expected to rise against their government during the different stages of the war but they did not. They were supposed to support the terrorists – the ‘moderate rebels’ and ‘angels’ of White Helmets – but the people did not and stood with their government. So, they have to suffer. They have to pay the price and learn their lesson that they should stand with the agenda [of the West].”

Dozens of flood warnings in UK as heavy rain expected to continue

Published on Nov 10, 2019
Severe flood warnings have been issued in England as flooding continues to force people from their homes…