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Jihadist repatriation poses dilemmas for North African states

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Tunis (AFP)

As the net closes on remaining Islamic State group diehards in eastern Syria, the fate of captured foreign fighters and their families has grown into a major international headache.

Many countries remain reluctant to repatriate their jihadist citizens, due to public opposition, the cost of prolonged detentions and concerns that they could pose a security threat.

But pressure is rising on governments to take responsibility for those captured, especially after US President Donald Trump declared in December that American troops will be withdrawn from Syria, leaving local allies facing a struggle to keep prisoners in detention.

North African states…

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Thinking Through The Repatriation Of African Art – ArtsJournal

Apollo editor Thomas Marks: “Restitution often feels like a disquieting concept for many Western museum-goers (myself included), for whom the values one invests in museums are unlikely to correlate with the political or intellectual projects that led to the formation of their collections.” (In other words, don’t punish museums now for what collectors did back then.) Even so, “90% of the material cultural legacy of sub-Saharan Africa remains preserved and housed outside of the African continent.” — Apollo

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Isabel dos Santos rebuffs cash repatriation campaign

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Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos has rebuffed the Angola government’s cash repatriation campaign.

Lobby group Club-k.net Tuesday quoted the Africa Monitor Intelligence report in which the daughter of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos had dismissed the campaign as an illegality.

“The Africa Monitor Intelligence revealed that Generals Leopoldino Fragoso do Nascimento “Dino” and Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias “Kopelipa” have agreed to repatriate their cash stashed abroad,” the Club-k.net watchdog added.

Gen Nascimento was, under President dos Santos, the head of Telecommunications in 1995-2010, advisor to the minister of State and head of the Intelligence Bureau in 2010-2018.

He was also known as being at the forefront of the dos Santos’…

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Repatriation of African artefacts from French museums will require huge research effort

African statues on plinths in a Parisian museum.Credit: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty

Tens of thousands of African artefacts in French museums should be handed back if African countries request their return, concludes a report commissioned by the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron.

The report — written by economist Felwine Sarr at Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal, and historian Bénédicte Savoy of the College de France in Paris — calls on France to amend its laws to allow for the repatriation of cultural artefacts acquired during the colonial period in Africa, from the late nineteenth century until 1960. The report also recommends the repatriation of artefacts later acquired illicitly.

The Quai Branly Museum in Paris alone holds at least…

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Talking African art repatriation with curator and anthropologist Meskerem Assegued

An early scene in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther sees Michael B. Jordan’s antagonist Erik Killmonger standing before a selection of encased African artifacts housed inside a fictional Museum in Britain. After a few moments, the museum director approaches, offering to tell him about the works. He contradicts her tales, informing her that what she thinks was made by the Fula tribe in Benin is actually from Wakanda, his homeland. Just before poisoning the director and making off with the stolen valuables, he tells her, “Don’t trip—I’m gonna take it off your hands for you.”

Though Killmonger may only exist in the movies and on the pages of graphic novels, his position on the repatriation of stolen African art is not an uncommon one. Writing for the Hopkins Exhibitionist, Johns…

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Proponents of Repatriation of African Artworks Take Issue with the Past—and Present and Future -ARTnews

A Chokwe Mwana Pwo mask that was returned to Angola from a private collection in France in April 2016.


Early in the blockbuster movie Black Panther, in a scene that has been much discussed for what it brings to bear on issues of race and institutionality, a young black man stands beside a white curator in the fictional Museum of Great Britain. As the curator talks about the history of a centuries-old axe she says was made in the West African nation of Benin, the man protests its provenance before changing tacks: “Don’t trip—I’m going to take it off your hands for you.” When told the artifact is not for sale, he replies: “How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they take it, like they took…

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