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The Photographs of Mary Beth Meehan

In his 2009 anatomy of the financial crisis, First As Tragedy, Then As Farce, Slavoj Žižek noted that ‘it is a sign of the maturity of the US public that there…..

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Sodade

Saudade. European Portuguese: [sɐwˈðaðɨ], Brazilian Portuguese: [sawˈdadʒi], Galician: [sawˈðaðe]; a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone one loves, often carrying a repressed knowledge that…..

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R.I.P. Cesária Évora

This morning, Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora passed away in Mandelo, São Vicente, the island were she was born. One of the many meanings of “Sodade” — that most difficult…..

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July 5th, Cape Verde

Like we said everyone wanted to get independent in June and July. It’s also Cape Verde’s independence today. We know young Cape Verdeans want to protest tonight since there’s not much…..

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Viva Amilcar Cabral

Amilcar Cabral, the key figure in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verdea’s independence (and who had an impact beyond its borders; see Chris Marker’s ‘San Soliel,’ through historian Basil Davidson’s work and in Syracuse),…..

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Music Break

In this short video Portuguese singer Carmen Souza speaks about her third album “Protegid” (which she recorded with Theo Pas’cal), her Cape Verdean roots, the “Rabelados” (Creole for ‘rebels’, or,…..

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HILLARY CLINTON'S AFRICAN SPIN

Link to a nice graphic in “The Christian Science Monitor” summarizing the key terms of Hillary Clinton-speak on her recent seven-nation African tour.