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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

James Baldwin at 90, Part 4: The Brilliance of Children, The Duty of Citizens

At the outset of the essay, I asked “What changes, what constants and what chimeras made the United States the place that elects a black President?” And, “What does black president actually mean?” (You can find the first three parts of this essay here.)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Belgium is an insular country. It lives like history happens outside of it

When the leading Belgian newspaper De Morgen, which styles itself as progressive, published an image of Obama and his wife as chimps and passed it off as satire, they did not expect a backlash. They assumed that...

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The ‘Fake Interpreter’

A few days ago, when the story of the “fake interpreter” broke in the South African media, the ANC denied any knowledge of who he was and how he got to be on the podium, signing while...

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Is the Nobel Peace Prize totally irrelevant?

Today, at 11am Norwegian local time, we'll know who's won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize--an award known for its growing irrelevance. Everyone predicts the winner will be Malala Yousafzai. It's worth going through some of the dodgiest...

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

At the Protests for Trayvon Martin in New York City

The picture above shows Times Square on Sunday night, during the protest for Trayvon Martin. As I took this photo the woman with the loudspeaker was yelling out “We are here to say that black lives have...

Monday, July 1st, 2013

What can Barack Obama’s “Power Africa” program achieve?

Seven billion dollars is a lot of money—except when it goes into infrastructure. Then, $7bn, the sum that the US has committed to spend over the next five years on the Obama administration’s newly-announced Power Africa initiative,...

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Can African Heads of State Speak?

These days, well-behaved African heads of state are rewarded by Barack Obama with the chance to meet with him in groups of four and have their picture taken with him. It’s like meeting Beyonce, but you get...

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The media caricature of Hugo Chávez

The mainstream media has been in overdrive working lockstep to uphold their ridiculous caricature of Hugo Chávez. The campaign has led to some pretty desperate and shallow displays of journalism. There’s the AP reporter who reported that...

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Would Susan Rice have been a good choice for US Secretary of State?

Remember Susan Rice, the U.S. Secretary of State who wasn’t? It might seem old news now, as Senator John Kerry sits in front of his colleagues seeking their constitutionally-mandated “consent” to his appointment to become the next...

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The United States of Africa

The rapper Awadi was a founder of a Senegalese’s brand of political hip hop. As ‘kola wrote on this blog, Awadi was at the forefront of a 1990s social movement that helped to galvanize a youthful constituency...

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Joyce Banda and Gay Rights

Malawi’s new president, Joyce Banda, has said that she will push for the repeal of her country’s anti-homosexuality laws. Of course this depends on her ability to secure popular support in parliament. Even if these laws are...

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Film Review: “The Education of Auma Obama”

Republican party propaganda wants to paint President Barack Obama's Kenyan family as alien to America. In this propaganda, Barack Hussein Obama Snr and the old man's supposed "anti-colonial" and left-wing biases. In this propaganda Kenyans are reduced...

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The (very unpopular) Nigerian finance minister who wants to be President of the World Bank

Yesterday the African Union added their backing to Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's run at becoming World Bank President. She announced her candidacy on Friday, just hours before Obama told everyone he'd picked South Korean-born rapper Jim...

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows her constitutions

US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently praised the South African Constitution making process–over that of the United States–as an example that could be instructive for a post-revolution Egypt. Ginsburg’s comments, in a wide-ranging interview with Egypt’s Al-Hayat...

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Intellectual Property Propaganda

In his recent State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama highlighted the need to reduce inequality, widen access to healthcare and education and create jobs in the US. It is unfortunate that his administration’s foreign and...

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Stop Land Grabs Petition

The Oakland Institute has put together a petition to U.S. president Barack Obama and the USAID administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, asking them to stop their support to the Ethiopian government while the latter engages in exploitative land...

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

January in Cairo III

We can deduce certain trends about Egyptian painting and the nature of its buyers.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The health news that made the headlines

In November came the news that the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria was in a financial crisis, because of declining donor commitments and failure by donors to honor existing commitments. The Fund’s board cancelled...

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Herman Cain’s Libya

Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate and white conservatives’ idea of a real black man (in contrast President Barack Obama is “the son of an elite Kenyan and a white graduate student”), went to see the editorial board...

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

‘Why is the US sending its troops to finish off a fractured band of bush fighters in the middle of Africa?’

President Barack Obama’s decision to send 100 armed “special forces” to the Central African Republic to flush out Joseph Kony’s 400 odd fighters (link to the announcement) has elicited the range of predictable responses. John Pilger deplored...

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Predicting ‘The Moment of Revolution’

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Africa is a Country

Must be our blog title. Someone named STONE decides to vent on The Hill’s Congress Blog about US foreign aid in a piece about policing the already shrinking foreign aid budget that’s currently only 1.5% of all federal...

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Geronimo

I wondered why initially few, if any mainstream news outlets, pretended to not care why the code word for terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, among his Navy Seals executioners was that of native American leader, Geronimo.   A...

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

President Simba

Obama … mauled the media, especially Fox News, suggesting some news organizations maybe attaching undue importance to the ‘birther’ issue. The president said if his original birth certificate...

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Media Criticism

From the United States of America, a country of “sideshows and carnival barkers.”

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

The American President’s Mother

Reporter Janny Scott in The New York Times, and the author of “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother,” writing about Stanley Ann Dunham: The president’s mother has served as any of a number...

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Obama Plans to Attack Africa Next

Last week Talking Points Memo had an item about US Representative Tom Marino (Republican Pennsylvia, BA Lycoming College, Juris Doctor Dickinson School of Law), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Marino was being interviewed by...

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

‘The Media-Savvy Autocrat’

Adam Hochschild, in the New York Times Book Review, writing about Jason K Stearns’ new book, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa: Stearns is somewhat easier...

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Lupe Fiasco And Black Presidents

UPDATE: I’m eating crow.  Earlier today I posted an excerpt from an interview with the Chicago rapper, Lupe Fiasco, who gained some fame with his “Kick Push” song. Setting up the post, I noted that Fiasco generally has decent...

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The American Right’s problem with Kenya

Mike Huckabee, who considers himself a serious Republican challenger for the 2012 American presidential election and who the media takes seriously (he’s also host of a TV “news” show), made up facts about Barack Obama on a...

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