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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

#WhiteHistoryMonth: When Salazar met one of Lumumba’s murderers

António Oliveira Salazar founded Portugal’s New State dictatorship in 1933. Some historians like to argue over whether it was fascist or not. And these days, some Portuguese remember him fondly. He presided over the late colonial administrations in Portugal’s African colonies.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

A Conversation with Photographer Juan Orrantia about Guinea-Bissau and his Search for Amilcar Cabral

Technically speaking, photography is the process of capturing light. Compose the frame. Release the shutter. And let the light pour into the camera’s memory, whether a roll of film or a digital sensor. When the captured light...

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

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 have been no traces of anti-Semitism in...

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Coup d’Etat is the new Black

It is official at last–what country watchers had been expecting is finally taking place in Guinea Bissau. No, the country is not becoming a municipality in Senegal. There is a coup d’etat unfolding in its capital, Bissau,...

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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), was born in September 1924 and was...