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The Westgate Mall photographs

It has been about two weeks since the attacks at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, and as the news reports about it and its aftermath quiet, the presence of its photographs…..

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Kenya’s Westgate Mall Attack and the Politics of Spectacular Violence

The masked gunmen who stormed Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on Saturday did one thing right. In targeting a site at the epicenter of elite consumerism in the upscale neighborhood of Westlands, they galvanized worldwide attention. As the mainstream media offers us a play by play of the unfolding hostage crisis, and as my Twitter and Facebook newsfeeds are flooded with declarations of anger and sorrow—sentiments I of course share– two things are apparent.

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50 Cent goes to Somalia

So rapper 50 Cent (accompanied by American journalists) was in Somalia and Kenya this week to visit people living in refugee camps displaced by the civil war with Islamic militants……