Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
In a recent interview on French television to promote his new book “Sortir de la Grande Nuit: Essai sur l’Afrique Décolonisée,” Johannesburg-based political philosopher Achille Mbembe suggested that Europe “seems to be gripped by an enormous desire for apartheid.” (We blogged about it here.) This is also the implicit theme of a recent lecture by British
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
Dan Moshenberg, Guest Blogger Jimmy Mubenga came to England seeking asylum, seeking life. According to his wife, Makenda Kambana, he was on a government hit list, “They killed my father and they threatened to kill Jimmy. They...
Friday, September 10th, 2010
Saturday, May 1st, 2010
Qina msebenzi, uzonqoba!
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
An incendiary piece of video art, more like a short film–of raids, profiling and state terrorism–done by director Romain Gravas, for a new M.I.A. joint, “Born Free.” It was initially posted on Youtube yesterday, but taken down...
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
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 19th, 2010
I am not sure about the ethics involved in making this film or how truthful the experiences of British journalist Sorious Samura are, but “Living with Illegals,” his 50 minute documentary (made for British television) is depressing...
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
During the Cold War tens of thousands of black students went to study in the Soviet Union. (I know some South Africans who did.) That world is now far away as this video report on Globalpost by...
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
I am cleaning out by ‘to blog’ folder. This story is worth checking out in the context of Chinese state corporations’ increased investment in Africa and the growing presence of African merchants in China.
Friday, October 30th, 2009
The New York Times has a depressing story about the tense relationship between Muslim immigrants from West Africa and African-American in a poor section of the Bronx. Resentment, mistrust, post-9/11 Islamophobia and just plain ignorance, are some...
Thursday, October 1st, 2009
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
“Bronx Princess,” the documentary about the conflict between a Ghanaian immigrant-raised teenager (bound for college) and her mother in the Bronx will be shown on PBS (here in the US) on September 22. More information here.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
Check out the blog, Immigrant Inc., by the authors of ” Immigrant Inc. Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and why they will save the American worker).” The book is out in November.