Friday, March 15th, 2013

Why is there a news media blackout about political repression in Djibouti?

Guest Post by Abdourahman Waberi, Ali Deberkale and Dimitri Verdonck On the eve of the legislative election of February 22, 2013, in the Republic of Djibouti, Hafez Mohamed Hassan, a 14-year-old schoolboy, was shot dead by the secret service of President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s regime while he was taking part in a demonstration organized by a

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Omar Sy, French movie icon

By Abdourahman Waberi Released only a week ago, ‘Intouchables’ the film (by Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache, France, length: 1h52min) is having the most amazing success in France since Harry Potter hit. Supported by a duo of...

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Of blood & tears, ink & screen

By Abdourahman Waberi What is the fil rouge running between Algeria’s unforgettable freedom fighter and film producer Saadi Yacef (‘The Battle of Algiers’, shot by Gillo Pontecorvo in 1966 in the Casbah, was adapted from his true...

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Gandhi in Somalia

By Abdourahman Waberi I have known Professor Mohamed Abdi Mohamed aka Gandhi for many years. I read his books and pamphlets devoted to the history of his native Somalia. A longtime resident of Besancon, France, we occasionally...

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Jeffrey Gettleman in Somalia

By Abdourahman Waberi* Jeffrey Gettleman will not run the risk of being seen as ‘a nobody, a cockroach, a gangster,’ unlike the Somali pirates he depicted in the columns of the New York Times Magazine last weekend...

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Another African wins the Nobel

By Abdourahman Waberi* In a couple days or so, the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced (probably on Thursday, 6 October or the next). We know for sure that all information concerning the nomination and selection...

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Independence Day: June 27th, Djibouti

Earlier this year, Djiboutians marched the streets of their capital (where more than half of all Djiboutian citizens live), rallying against their sitting president who changed the constitution in 2010 allowing him to run for another term....

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Introducing: Pilgrimages

In honor of the 2010 World Cup, the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers, based at Bard College in New York, in collaboration with Chimurenga Magazine, Kwani, and Farafina Magazine, has just announced a very (very) cool...