AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Jacob Zuma

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Till Jesus Comes

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s President, may not after all, rule as he promised “till Jesus comes“*.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Homophobia as National Sport

This may make for depressing reading with your breakfast, but there’s nothing new about the entrenched  homophobia in South Africa, a place where men rape lesbians to “correct” them, a government minister last month refused to open...

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Word for Word: Desmond Tutu

I think we are at a bad place in South Africa, and especially when you contrast it with the Mandela era. Many of the things that we dreamt were possible seem to be getting more and more...

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Zuma takes London

Jacob Zuma is on a state visit to the UK. Some elements of the British media, not known for tact, bring up his polygamy, rape charges (he was acquitted, I know) and the corruption allegations (it was...

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Player President

If Die Antwoord can, Jacob Zuma can too. The South African President gets into character by updating his wardrobe and has a new single with some nice beats. He also gets some help from his...

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Behind the Rainbow

If you’re in the US tonight and you’re close to a TV, watch Egyptian filmmaker Jihan Al-Tahri’s documentary film, “Behind the Rainbow” (trailer above), about  the years between the South African ANC’s unbanning in 1990, the taking...

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The Nine Lives of Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma’s been in the news a lot lately about his personal life. If you forgot, Zuma has three wives, and 20 children by a number of women. Recently it also emerged that he cheated on his...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Abuse of Patriarchy

The news this week that South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, had become a father for the 20th time (the child was born last October)–not by one of his three wives, but with a mistress–is out of order....

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Project Runway

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, is trying it’s hand at fashion. Check out the first jacket, a hideous number, labeled as, presumably, Jacob Zuma’s favorite attire. Serious.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Zuma the Puma

When South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, married his fifth wife a few weeks ago, the media focused on which one of his three remaining wives (he divorced one and another killed herself) would be named First Lady...

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY / “PORTRAITS OF POWER”

In September this year over five days, Platon, the New Yorker staff photographer got many of the world’s leaders to sit for him while they were here for a meeting of the United Nations. You can check...

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

THE POLITICS AND IDEOLOGY OF JACOB ZUMA

Jacob Zuma, the President of Africa’s most powerful democracy since April 2009, and the recently chosen ‘African President of the Year’ (Sapa 2009), arouses strong passions from his supporters and detractors. So to shed light on the...

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM 2010?

Just as the football at the 2010 World Cup will be great, someone will make lots of money. It is not going to be local businesses for sure. This excellent 13 minute short documentary (“Trademark 2010″) for...

Monday, November 9th, 2009

“AFTER MANDELA”

On the even of South Africa’s second democratic election in 1999 as Nelson Mandela made way for Thabo Mbeki, both foreign and South African media outlets could not contain themselves with the “What happens After Mandela?” questions....

Monday, October 5th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS: THE ZUMAS, FOOTBALL, SOMALI PIRATES, THE G20, WILDLIFE, BLK JKS, CHINUA ACHEBE

Here’s some things I did not have the time to blog about properly or link to this past week: * Barack and Michelle Obama had to pose 135 times with visiting dignitaries to the UN General Assembly...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

THE NEW YORK TIMES HEARTS JACOB ZUMA

The paper’s editorial board, not a friend of Jacob Zuma, likes the change in the South African government’s AIDS policy. Most recently the new health minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, “… accepted a withering critique by South African...

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Understanding the Zumani

Excerpt from a piece in an upcoming issue of SOCIALIST REVIEW by my friend, Peter Dwyer: It is important to understand the significance of the election of Jacob Zuma and the expectations he unleashed. Zuma unlike Mbeki...

Monday, August 24th, 2009

JACOB ZUMA IS A COMMUNIST

Surprise, surprise, 100 days into his tenure as South Africa’s newest President, Jacob Zuma is getting high marks from  the Financial Times. Like everyone else, before April’s elections the FT raised  “the specter of some new heart...

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

SEX AND RAPE

The South African journalist and commentator, Christi van der Westhuizen, passed this on: An “upcoming” singer, writer and journalist with the name Toast Coetzer who gets a lot of airtime in the Afrikaans media made the following...

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