Category Archives: Food & Politics

An Open Letter to Paula Deen

Originally posted on Afroculinaria:
An Open Letter to Paula Deen: Photo Courtesy of: Johnathan M. Lewis Dear Paula Deen, So it’s been a tough week for you… believe me you I know something about tough weeks being a beginning food…

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Thanksgiving – and A Military Coup – in Sudan

Reposted for Thanksgiving 2012: In 1988 I became COP (Chief of Party) of the field component of a large natural resource management project in Western Sudan that was funded by USAID (US Agency for International Development).  Situated south of el-Obeid, … Continue reading

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Posted in Environment, Food, Food & Politics, Humanitarian Assistance, Research & Development, Social Life, Sudan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Food strikes in Ancient Egypt – The Turin Strike Papyrus, and Other Records

Bread riots have been a regular feature of public protests in Egypt, and the most recent unrest in Midan Tahrir, Cairo, is associated with rises in food prices.  So it is timely to look at what is thought to be the … Continue reading

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The French in Egypt and the Belgians in the Congo

When, in 1971, the government of the Belgian Congo changed its name to ‘Zaire’, the government also put in place the official policy of Autenticité – which promoted abandoning Belgian cuisine for local dishes.  Adoption of African apparel was also … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-General, Colonialism, Dark Continent, Egypt-Recent, European colonizers, Food, Food & Politics, France, History-General, Middle East | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Cultural Collapse in Egypt

A while back, on Radio Germany [short wave], a program was aired on changes in women’s dress in Egypt over the past several decades – towards both western dress and veiling.  Although Egypt is a small country and one that … Continue reading

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Posted in Cuisine, Egypt-Recent, Food, Food & Politics, Food Security, France, History-General, Social Life | Tagged , , | 4 Comments