Author Archives: mkevane

About mkevane

Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.

Slavery and the slave trade was so complicated… 3 years as slaves in Suriname and then back to the Gold Coast

In May of 1746, slaving captain Christiaan Hagerop illegally captured ten Gold Coast canoe paddlers, seven of whom were free Africans from Elmina and Fante. Hagerop subsequently sailed to Suriname, where he sold the paddlers into slavery. To appease the … Continue reading

Posted in Development thinking

Opposition opposes new electoral code law proposed by government in Burkina Faso

Apparent change in independence of national election commission (CENI) and the thorny question of how to organize voting for Burkinabè abroad. Au Burkina Faso, l’opposition se mobilise contre un projet de loi modifiant de code électoral…. La semaine dernière, les … Continue reading

Posted in Burkina Faso

Early female Jesuits…

Juana entered almost ten years later. In 1552 the princess, 17 at the time, married the heir to the Portuguese throne. When he died two years later, she returned to Spain. Young, beautiful, and aware of her royal position and … Continue reading

Posted in Santa Clara University

Ten Things That You May Not Know About the Jesuits, by James Martin, SJ

Posted in Santa Clara University

Jesuit Superior General basically says women can and should be presidents of Jesuit universities

You see, I wrote, “basically” there which I think is what he meant. Fr. Sosa gave the opening address at the conference, which celebrated and encouraged the need for women’s voices to be heard in the church and in the … Continue reading

Posted in Burkina Faso

Sister Alice by Robert Reed

One of my favorite science fiction authors is Robert Reed. His “great ship” series of novellas and stories I found fantastic, and he has lots of other good stuff. But Sister Alice was a mess, at times virtually unreadable.  I’d … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Larry David and anonymous donations

FAVL gets several anonymous donations a year and I have no idea who they are from… (they come from a fund or a bank).  So let me say thank you right here! What’s intriguing about anonymous giving, and other behaviors … Continue reading

Posted in Burkina Faso