Unequal scenes as educational tools

On my first trip to Cape Town, South Africa in 2014, Renfrew Christie, recently retried university administrator, offered to give me a tour of the city. We climbed high up into Bishopscourt, a rich suburb…

The Youths

When I was a youth, each January 8, the African National Congress, then the dominant liberation movement against apartheid, issued a statement to commemorate its founding and embolden its followers. They were…

The Arab Left at an Impasse

Ten years after the financial crisis and subsequent global recession, the decades-old grip of neoliberal ideology is coming loose in the political and economic center of the system built under its auspices.…

The low bar for African elections

Voting is a low bar for measuring democracy. Shenanigans in recent US elections, not to mention low voter turn-out, ought to be enough to make us question just how useful a metric…

Voting in Angola

On the morning of August 23rd, I voted for the first time in my life. It was an anti-climactic affair; none of the clichéd long winding lines stretching into the African bush,…

The dark and white side of conservation in Kenya

Conflict between pastoralists and white landowners in recent months has brought the Laikipia region of Kenya to the attention of international audiences. News coverage of these conflicts reached an apex in April with the shooting of…

Uganda’s Bonfire Youth turning tradition on its head

There might be only little room for political dissent in Uganda, but there is no limit to the creativity of the country’s youth as they continually engage the three-decade-old grip on power of Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement (NRM).  This, at least, is the conclusion…

‘Despacito’ Will Not Save Us

When we ran the post “Cultural appropriation and sugar drinks,” by our managing editor Boima Tucker, he concluded it with nod to Natalia Linares, a cultural activist originally from Staten Island, New…