AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Abdourahman Waberi

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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...

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The uncomfortable presence of Franz Fanon

Still today, as David Macey argues, Frantz Fanon is a great “source of embarrassment, both to some who would claim the revolutionary Fanon as their own and to a French republicanism that prides itself on its universalism.”...

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...