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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Elections in Zambia

In the 3rd grade, I came back fresh from my first civics lesson in Mrs. Marshall’s class at Nkana Trust School, to announce, “Zambia is a One-Party Participatory Democracy. Kenneth Kaunda is our President. He believes in Humanism and UNIP won 99.99% of the vote.” I think my father mumbled something that expressed the trifecta

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

F***yesafricans

Someone started a a page called fuckyesafricans in the vein of the “fuckyes” tumblr meme. For those unfamiliar with the format, the dry title is meant for irony filled humor to follow once you click the link....

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Strawberries and Peri-Peri

The website of South Africa’s ruling party was down for a minute after hackers took it over. The site is back up again. But given that lately ANC leaders make no distinction between political office and running businesses,...

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Vanity Fair does Egypt

Vanity Fair’s May issue features a photographic series of young Egyptians dubbed, at various points in the accompanying article, ‘tech-savvy internet activists.’ The first photograph is of Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who created the Arabic-language Facebook...

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The World According to Facebook

Facebook intern Paul Butler, who created the map, writes that he wanted to see “how geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends.” He took about ten million friendships—that is, pairs of Facebook...

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Moçambique Popular

Long before football blogging became commonplace and banal (think Dirty Tackle and The Spoiler), Davy Lane blogged about football. He started again before the 2010 World Cup which took him to South Africa and then post-World Cup...

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