AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Sunday, October 13th, 2013

The #BullshitFiles: Christina Aguilera feeds war-torn Rwanda

Christina Aguilera, ambassador for World Food Program (WPF), recently went to "war-torn Rwanda" People Magazine tells us. Well thankfully she made it back home safe. War is not an easy thing. Although, I’m not sure exactly which war she is referring to – last I checked, the civil war and genocide in Rwanda ended twenty years ago....

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Make Bono History

Firstly Bono is collaborating with brostep pioneer Skrillex to save the African children. (They were together in Ghana last month.) Secondly The Observer (or The Guardian; it’s the same thing) has just published what might just be...

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The Guardian’s thoughtless interview with Kony2012 creator Jason Russell

The Guardian’s Sunday edition, The Observer, have run the puff-piece nobody else wanted, a lengthy tête-à-tête with Jason Russell of Invisible Children infamy. “Jason Russell: Kony 2012 and the fight for truth” (illustrated by the photograph above) is...

Monday, December 31st, 2012

2012’s SMH (also known as “Africa is a Country”) Moments

There are times we shake our heads or roll our eyes. When we could not invent some of the things that we spot in the media. For some reason especially New York Times journalists can’t help themselves...

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Consuming Africa (at Christmas Time)

In 2004, the British press reported that the album cover Damien Hirst had designed for Band Aid 20’s re-recording of the 1984 single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” had been rejected by the organizers, for fear it...

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Bono’s Big Ideas (for Africa of course)

A new post on one of The Atlantic’s blogs breathily covers Bono appearing at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. to talk about Africa and foreign aid. It’s not clear why a publication like The Atlantic (or its online equivalent) is...

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The Invisible Christians of #Kony2012

In the last few days every journalist (or outraged blogger) covering #Kony2012 has been so busy reporting on what the bloggers have been saying and putting together salad after salad of African (and therefore authentic, true etc)...

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Safari Suits

Hoping to dress people who want to reference themselves as elites who’ve had the leisure to “do good” after having spent as much on their wardrobe as they did on their fave charity? Michael Kors did, apparently. I...

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Clooney in Africa

The media buzz (including blogging, tumbling and retweeting, as well as Facebooking) around Newsweek magazine’s ridiculous cover story of film actor George Clooney (title: “On the ground with a new kind of statesman”) highlight the titilating; i.e. Clooney’s...

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Bono knows an immense amount

The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” on Friday claimed “… there is no simple answer to whether we should or should not use stars to promote good causes,” especially when it comes to development issues. Though the phenomenon...

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Blinded by Red Ribbons

And what has Mr. Bono been doing lately? Here he is, frolicking with a gala-flawless red satin ribbon. (Caption:”U2 front man, Bono, middle, poses with fellow band member, The Edge, left, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, right,...

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Out of Africa Redux

Every Journey Began in Africa. Oh, really? Checking in from that mythical magical place known as “Africa” (or, as Women’s Wear Daily reports, an “arid South African vista”) are Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, founders of...

Monday, September 13th, 2010

‘The Religion of the Contemporary West’

Regis Debray wrote a critique of ‘Human Rights.’ Here’s a summary of Debray’s argument by Jacob Collins in The New Left Review : In the present televisual age, in which social relations have never been more atomized—laptops, mobile phones...

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Keep Africa Alive*

It’s been four years, but the juggernaut that is (PRODUCT) RED rolls on. And new products keep getting added to what was once only GAP t-shirts, Starbucks lattes and iPod Nanos. Most recently, Nike joined in with...

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Bono did something right

You know we give Bono a lot of grief on this site, but in this commercial for ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 World Cup–bar a few disagreements here and there–he is on point. Did I just say...

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Two Annoying White Men

Another year, another “special” Africa issue. For today, it’s Canada’s Globe and Mail, guest edited by the OGs of Team Save Africa, Bono and Bob Geldof. In their first order of business, B&B answered the very tough...

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Bono saves the World Cup

The New York Times has published another of rock star Bono’s stupid “op-eds.” This time some nonsense titled “Ten for the Next Ten.”  The last item on the list is the 2010 World Cup to held in...

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

“KING OF AFRICA”

There is so much wrong with this mash-up video by Buenos Aires DJ, Douster, that it is brilliant. And the beat is infections. “The Lion King” meets postmodernism. Zulu King Zwelithini, George W. Bush and pop singer...