AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Barack Obama

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Where does Africa end and the Middle East begin?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Endgame

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8...

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Some Other Kenya

By Brett Davidson Back in February 2009, the Daily Metro newspaper in Nairobi wrote about young Kenyan bloggers mobilising to try to bring about political change, inspired by US President Barack Obama’s use of the Internet during...

Monday, November 1st, 2010

American Election

Some of the things that come out of the mouths of American voters in Gary Younge’s excellent online series of short video reports (for “The Guardian”) ahead tomorrow’s US midterm elections is just odd. People really say...

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Mandela in the Cross Hairs

By Neelika Jayawardane A lesser man may relish, cultivate, and aid the construction of living icon-hood (see Out of Africa Redux). But in Conversations with Myself, the “sequel” to Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela reveals “anxiety about...

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Who Are We?

My man Gary Younge, New York-based feature writer and columnist for The Guardian, has a new book out on 21st century identity politics: Who are We–And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? The clips above and below,...

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Apartheid in Arizona

What’s up with John McCain’s home state? The state legislature has just passed an immigration law that basically targets the state’s Latino population for random stops and demands of their ID’s. As my man, Siddhartha Mitter, remarked...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Senegal’s Dream President

Senegal’s 83-year old president, Abdoulaye Wade, is running for a third term.  What is it with these guys? Don’t they know when to go? The last time when he won, the opposition had a good case for...

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Bling Bling

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Video: The Media and Obama

I was one of the principal organizers of this “conversation” between journalists and commentators Gary Younge and Ian Buruma last Friday night at The New School in Manhattan. (I make a small cameo at the start of...

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Black History Month

I love the work of David Rees.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

What does the election of Barack Obama mean for African Americans?

It now seems like such a long time ago when Barack Obama became the first ever Black President of the United States. Among those who vigorously celebrated Obama’s historical election, were of course African Americans, given this...

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

COONERY AND BUFFOONERY

Film director Spike Lee speaks on black American popular culture.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

John Edwin Mason’s photographs of Cape Town’s New Year’s Carnival

I really like this series of photographs by University of Virginia African history and history of photography professor (and photographer), John Edwin Mason, on the Cape Town New Year’s Carnival, a series of marches, competitions and celebrations...

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

DOUBLE STANDARDS

The picture above–taken at a famous cake shop in my neighborhood which has contributed to my unhealthy state–accompanied a story today in The New York Times on the city’s mayoral candidates': Michael Bloomberg the wealthy candidate who...

Friday, October 30th, 2009

BARACK OBAMA IS THE FASHION

My friend, Wendy Willems (currently with the NGO War on Want, but soon a newly minted lecturer of media studies at Johannesburg’s Wits University took this photograph on a recent work trip in Nakuru, Kenya.

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

COONERY

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

CHAD’S PRESIDENT, IDRIS DEBY, CAN’T TAKE A JOKE

This is for real: Chadian authorities summarily expelled a Cameroonian-born journalist from the country on Wednesday, a day after he wrote an op-ed in response to a government official’s suggestion that the Nobel Peace Prize should have...

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

THE RACE ISSUE

The Johannesburg weekly newspaper, “Mail & Guardian,” recently published its (annual?) “Race Issue.”  The idea of a “Race Issue” seems odd as a topic in South Africa since race define that country’s everyday.  And it sort of...

Friday, October 9th, 2009

WALTER BEN MICHAELS ON RACE AND CLASS

The Chicago-based literary theorist Walter Ben Michaels has been going on about why we privilege race over class. His right to a point. But that’s it: Race … has been a more successful technology of mystification. In...

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

SPIKE LEE: POST-RACISM IS LIKE SMOKING CRACK

The twentieth anniversary of “Do The Right Thing” is being celebrated in London. And Spike Lee is doing interviews (this one...

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

US STATE DEPARTMENT CALLS OUT MY BLOG

Last week The Brookings Institute held a conversation with the Nigerian Foreign Minister Chief Ojo Maduekwe on “The Nigeria-U.S. Partnership for Regional Security in Africa,” in Washington D.C. Not really earth shattering stuff, except when 52 minutes...

Monday, October 5th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS: THE ZUMAS, FOOTBALL, SOMALI PIRATES, THE G20, WILDLIFE, BLK JKS, CHINUA ACHEBE

Here’s some things I did not have the time to blog about properly or link to this past week: * Barack and Michelle Obama had to pose 135 times with visiting dignitaries to the UN General Assembly...

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

OBAMA HAS ALWAYS BEEN BLACK

Barack Obama may be joking about his blackness, but as Gary Younge, the excellent Guardian journalist based in New York City (and a neighbor) breaks it down in the commentary for the BBC below, there’s something racial...

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

MUAMMAR QADDAFI, FASHION ICON

Vanity Fair

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

BLOG OF THE DAY: EV COMICS

HT: Steve Coplan

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

Monday, August 31st, 2009

WHERE DO AMERICAN OIL IMPORTS COME FROM?

The latest statistics (they get updated once a month) from the Energy Information Administration, “the official energy statistics” of the United States government. Nigeria (769,000 barrels a day) and Angola (400,000 barrels a day) are the fifth...

Monday, August 31st, 2009

FORMER BUSH OFFICIAL: “MOVE AFRICOM FROM GERMANY TO LIBERIA”

Jendayi Frazer, who was George W Bush’s assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 2005-2009, has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, going on about “four things” the Obama Administration can do to help...

Monday, August 24th, 2009

CONFERENCE: “AFRICAN IDENTITIES IN THE AGE OF OBAMA”

I was anticipating that sooner or later someone would organize a conference on this theme. The Department of African and African American Studies at George Mason University in Virginia is organizing such a conference in early October....

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