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Why am I insulted when people mistake me for a samba dancer?

Let me give you some snippets of what it is like to be black in Brazil: A few months ago Ana*, a well-to-do, Afro-Brazilian friend of mine, dressed in head-to-toe perfection,…..

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Political Violence: The cloud looming over Lesotho

Last week in Lesotho, opposition leaders Tom Thabane and Thesele ‘Maseribane fled to Botswana and South Africa, again seeking protection from SADC against what they said were assassination attempts by…..

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The limits of debunking only the pseudoscience of race

All human societies, whether tacitly or overtly, assume that nature has ordained their social arrangements. Or, to put it another way, part of what human beings understand by the word…..

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Thoughts on Xenophobia from a South African in Mozambique

When you spend time in another country, you don’t expect news from home on the local television channels every night for a month. The surprise of receiving such news is not always…..

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When Akala called out Britain’s racism on Frankie Boyle’s show

The comedian Frankie Boyle is one of the few performers currently on UK television worth listening to. He insists on pointing out the complicity of the UK establishment with mass child…..

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Video: These are the Parents from Ayotzinapa

Yesterday, three of the parents of the 43 abducted students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, who spent over a month touring the United States raising awareness over their plight, were detained by the Mexican authorities……

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In 1967, West Germany had its own #RhodesMustFall moment. In September of that year, socialist students tore down the monuments to colonial leaders Hans Dominik and Hermann von Wißmann that…..

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The Adventures Of Uno July

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The Chronic Sketches “A New Cartography”

The latest issue of the Chronic, a quarterly gazette offshoot of the “project-based mutable object” that is Chimurenga, states its thesis on its cover, which, in the digital version, looks…..

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Teca #4: Pura Música in San José, Costa Rica

Welcome back to Teca, Latin America is a Country’s own jukebox, where we’ll introduce you to some of the coolest, hippest, most recent music from cities around Latin America. Brought to you…..

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If Maradona is football’s god, then Eduardo Galeano wrote football’s holy book. The Uruguyan (who also had good politics: “I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so…..

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Our six year old son, Ezra, only pretends to watch Liverpool games with me. It is his way of indulging his father – or, more precisely, his father’s lifelong love…..