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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The legacy of the ‘German Bob Geldof of development aid’

Austrian actor and founder of the NGO ‘Menschen für Menschen’ (People for People), Karlheinz Böhm was buried last Friday in Salzburg, Austria. His remains came to rest in a cemetery in his native country yet earth from Africa was carried to Europe in order to allow him to rest in Ethiopian soil as he had

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Africa and the Future: An Interview with Achille Mbembe

Within a short period of time, the global, corporate discourse on Africa has swapped a refrain of hopelessness with a near eschatological discovery of a new el dorado — a place of gold from which global capital...

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

‘What is wrong with this headline?’

It may seem odd to quote Paul Dacre, the editor of the jingoist UK Daily Mail. He defended his slanderous headline about the late Marxist academic Ralph Miliband (‘The man who hated Britain’) and father of the leader...

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Täschligate*

Retired pop legend Tina Turner, a long-time resident of Zürich’s ‘Goldküste’ (Gold Coast)–the coveted area of marvelous villas on the lake of Zürich–had much to celebrate this year: she got married to her long-time companion Erwin Bach, a...

Friday, July 26th, 2013

What’s wrong with the Germans?

This summer, two private German TV channels offer their audience the experience of visiting exotic Africa from the comfort of their homes: RTL started in July the reality TV show ‘Wild Girls – Auf High Heels durch...

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