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#Free15Angolans: An update

You’d never know it from reading the US press, but those political prisoners in Angola are still in jail and Angolan citizens, activists, and a clutch of folks from other…..

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#free15Angolans: What you need to know

In Luanda thirteen activists were arrested when they gathered for a book club on  June 20, 2015. On June 22 another two were taken. In every case, police confiscated their…..

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Angolan Cinemas: Past and Present Tense

The photo that graces the cover of Angola Cinemas by Walter Fernandes and Miguel Hurst (a new coffee table book on Angola’s cinema spaces published by Goethe-Institut and edited by…..

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Nicholas Kristof Discovers Angola

The New York Times’s white savior extraordinaire is at again! The man we love to hate to write about has discovered Angola, and Isabel dos Santos (never mind that much had…..

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The news from South Africa

Last year we declared March White History Month. This year it seems South Africa is in a hurry to get there. Jared Sacks pointed out the logics of the Democratic…..

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Can an algorithm be racist?

Can an algorithm be racist? Google’s translator (the new 2.0 version) works statistically. That Connectivist article (at the link) calls it “the great equalizer.” Unlike the first iteration that was…..

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Brenda Fassie: a revolution without harmony

In 2002 when it debuted, I went to see ‘Amandla: a Revolution in Four-Part Harmony,’ American Lee Hirsch’s film about the role of music in the anti-apartheid struggle. Uplifting and…..