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Tooting My Vuvuzela

What else is a proud mama to do?  Our oldest son, Jordan, is now a month into his southern Africa summer adventure.  He finished his freshman year at the University of California at Berkeley in mid-May and a few days later, departed LAX for Johannesburg, SA.  Jordan has spent the past four weeks traveling in […]

What’s law got to do with it?

Yes, Tina Turner is crooning plaintively on the sound track in my head.  Nine months in, pushing myself to draw tentative conclusions from my research on how Senegalese law is adapting to international climate change law.  My first impression of law’s otherness in Senegalese culture keeps resurfacing.  In other words, what’s law got to do […]

Simmering Senegal Goes Full Boil into the Wee Hours at Stade de l’Amitié

Thus far the famed music scene in Dakar has been on a low simmer for me.  The specter of carving out time to take a nap so that I can go out at midnight and return as the sun rises, then crash or pull an all-nighter at age 48, has proved to be a mirage […]

Traveling Companions

One of the gifts of travel is making new friends and then bumping into them again, physically or virtually.  So when I received an email last week saying that a Belgian friend from our year in Rwanda, Patrick Kelders, had just published a book about his humanitarian work in Africa, called Si peu d’humanité (So […]

Karibu sana to Tanzania

While visiting the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) last week, I happened on to the African Environment Day celebrated every year on March 3.  This celebration was created in 2002 when the Council of Ministers of the (then) Organization of Africa Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), adopted the idea proposed by Libya.  […]

And the winner is . . .

Arts and culture were back on the front burner of Simmering Senegal this weekend.  I spent Saturday and Sunday at my favorite downtown spot, the Centre Culturel Francais, attending a documentary film festival for young West African directors and writers, Le Festival Lumière d’Afrique.  On Saturday night, we all (Matthew under forced marching orders) attended […]

The climate divide after Copenhagen and its impact on international climate change law

According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the new political dynamics on display in Copenhagen are likely to change the way international climate change law is made.  “The format of the consultations at the UN level, in which every member state can exercise veto power, holds no promise for any success. The balancing of interests between […]

Happy New Year, Bonne Annee!

Back to the other major theme of Simmering Senegal:  exploring the local culture.   Jordan joined us from the United States and we spent Christmas and New Year’s  in Mali, sleeping on roof tops under the stars and an increasingly full moon, and traveling the countryside by car and truck, boat, and foot. In the […]