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Abacost - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alternatives to the traditional suit jacket are always rather weighted with politics. Mobutu's Abacost, the Mao suit, the Nehru jacket…
fashion  clothes  jackets  suits  mobutu 
november 2014 by philgyford
In Congo, an Assassination’s Long Shadow
picking Mobutu and assassinating Lumumba will forever be a black mark on the US, rather like the misdeeds in Latin America - need I say Pinochet
africa  politics  congo  history  usa  blood  murder  violence  cia  policy  Lumumba  colonialism  greatgame  memory  mobutu  bush 
january 2011 by amaah
Abacost - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [via:]
"The abacost, abbreviation for the French "à bas le costume" (literally "down with the suit"), was the distinctive wear for men that was promoted by Mobutu Sese Seko as part of his Zairianisation programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, between 1972 and 1990. Zairians were banned from wearing suits with shirt and tie to symbolise the break with their colonial past. The abacost was a lightweight short-sleeved suit, worn without a tie, though sometimes with a cravat."
abacost  clothes  clothing  colonialism  africa  mobutu  mobutuseseseko  mobutusuit  fashion  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
Lawrence R. Devlin, 86, C.I.A. Officer
the obsequious obituary.. the ostensible word is that he "Balked on a plot to kill Lumumba in Congo". The reality is that he balked on the obvious plot but winked at the actual assassination. So he could always claim that he "threw the poison away in the Congo river" and no one would follow up on the fact that he then later delivered the man to his killers who hacked him to death. I suppose death by poison was a bit much so we'll eulogize the cold warrior for his forebearance. They don't call it plausible deniability for nothing. The fact that it wasn't a direct kill and that hired minions actually did the deed is no consolation to Lumumba's widow.
rogues  CIA  history  murder  Congo  Africa  Mobutu  USA  misdirection 
december 2008 by amaah
Gaddafi Plotted to Bomb Kenya
Nice little episode featuring a cold war rogues gallery: Gaddafi, Bush, Mobutu, Arap Moi of Kenya. Cross-border intrigues, CIA pawns, He of the little Green Book fought all over the continent... Fodder for the book on Fallen Angels. via benin mwangi
Libya  gaddafi  Kenya  Mobutu  rogues  Africa  USA  politics  coldwar  Bush  FallenAngels 
may 2008 by amaah
Political Cloths
cloth as metaphor... Mobutu cloths and more... dictator chic and cult of personality. The Leader's cloths
Africa  textiles  politics  paraphernalia  history  culture  Congo  Mobutu  rogues  clothing  cloth  memory  via:rosapomar 
august 2007 by amaah
"Oh they had themselves a field day of collateral damage... Angola is a state of mind"... and a B-movie starring Jonas Savimbi and Ronald Reagan.
Angola  Africa  Marburg  Ebola  Congo  Savimbi  Reagan  politics  war  history  rogues  neocons  waste  loss  Mobutu  USA  JamesEllroy  literature  perception  image  hardboiled  paranoia  documentary  storytelling  Abramoff  b-movie  HeartOfDarkness  ThingsFallApart  toli  writing  GreatGame  observation  America  RonaldReagan  JonasSavimbi  noir 
april 2006 by amaah
King Leopold Haunts Congo Again
Pity the poor Congolese, first King Leopold's ghost returns to haunt them; his statue is re-erected after 40 years
Africa  Congo  irony  murder  colonialism  history  memory  toli  Leopold  Mobutu  rogues 
february 2005 by amaah

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