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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

‘The Italian Joseph Conrad’

Described by the literary press as the “Italian Joseph Conrad” and “a 20th century Balzac”, Alessandro Spina–the pen name of Basili Shafik Khouzam–was a Syrian Maronite who was born in Benghazi in 1927 and died in Milan in 2013. Despite winning universal critical praise, Spina’s works were mostly ignored: nobody bought them, and nobody read

Friday, March 28th, 2014

#WhiteHistoryMonth: When the FBI set-up a Chicago street gang to be tried as a terrorist organization

Living in Rio de Janeiro now, and witnessing the pacification of the favelas by Brazilian federal troops from a close(r) distance, I can't help but think back to my faded memories of the 'war on drugs' while...

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

My Favorite Photographs: Arnaud Contreras

The Sahara is changing fast. Still a beautiful desert but not just that. Most populated cities such as Tamanrasset or Timbuktu are microcosms that reveal all the problems of those former touristic regions: threats of terrorism, trafficking,...

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Whose “New African Writing”?

The latest issue of the Journal of Postcolonial and Commonwealth Studies takes on “African writing in the twenty-first century” and presents views on topics as varied as South African theater, queer Kenyan bloggers, digital publishing, and the Caine Prize for African...

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Would Susan Rice have been a good choice for US Secretary of State?

Remember Susan Rice, the U.S. Secretary of State who wasn’t? It might seem old news now, as Senator John Kerry sits in front of his colleagues seeking their constitutionally-mandated “consent” to his appointment to become the next...

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Mali’s Rebels and their Fans–Suffering and Smiling

Strange bedfellows in the Malian Sahara of late. The Tuareg rebel movements that took control of northern Mali last month looked to have struck a deal over the weekend, only to have it come into question since....

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Unfinished Revolutions

What is the nature of the Arab Revolution? Why did it start and where is it headed? Most important, what is the potential for the emergence of new forms of political democracy, social equality, and regional autonomy...

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

David Cameron’s Libya Doctrine

The British media has, in the last few weeks, been working through allegations that the nation’s secret services helped Gaddafi’s spies track down Libyan dissidents. On 21 April the Mail on Sunday published documents discovered in Libyan...

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The Hall of Shame

Before Boima rides us out this year with West Africa’s best dance tunes, we couldn’t resist including a post with some of the lowlights of 2011. Colonial Themed Weddings New South Africans can’t help themselves. The white...

Monday, December 12th, 2011

“Iconic” Africa

Time  unveiled its “Top 10 Photos of 2011″ online last week. At least four of the photographs cover African topics: they’re all from “conflict” situations–two in Libya’s civil war (view it here and here), one in Egypt’s...

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Gaddafi’s African Mercenaries

“A terrible failure,” is what Danie Odendaal calls Gaddafi’s thwarted escape attempt from his last stronghold, Sirte. And he probably knows. From a Libyan hospital bed, Odendaal informed South African Sunday paper Rapport he was one of...

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Gaddafi is Dead, IV

Every major Western government now makes up histories of long-held opposition to Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship. Then there’s the truth: As The Financial Times reminded its readers in January this year (H/T: Peter Dwyer) the West’s 2003 decision...

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Gaddafi is dead, III

Today I started thinking of all the odd bits I have read or heard about Gaddafi. Hopefully I’ll post more.  Like the apocryphal story of when the G.O.A.T. Muhammed Ali met the future dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Gaddafi est Mort, II

2011 has been a year ripe for revolution, mass protest and, apparently, extralegal assassinations. It makes sense. After all, dead men tell no tales, and keeping Muammar Gaddafi alive would have been very awkward for Western governments...

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Gaddafi is Dead, I

Vijay Prashad: As the euphoria dies down, it might be important to recall that we are dealing with at least two Qaddafis: the first, the Qaddafi of 1969-1988, was the anti-imperialist and the nationalist who was yet...

Monday, October 17th, 2011

“A writer in a revolution”

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Gaddafi at the Met

Colonel Gaddafi’s aide wants to engineer a retrospective of “four decades of superior dress sense” at the Costume Institute’s annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C. He’s trying for 2013. Talib, an aide to Mr....

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Why Now?

Perry Anderson in The New Left Review: The odious cast of the regimes in place has persisted unaltered for decades, without triggering mass revolts against them. The timing of the...

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Gaddafi and African Diseases

One of Gaddafi’s ‘voluptuous Ukranian nurses’ finally speaks. She has some things to say on his pan-Africanism: When we drove around poor African countries he would fling money and candy out the widow of his armored limousine...

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Sundowners in Libya

The latest issue of Conde Nast Traveler features a listing of the “15 Best Places To See Right Now.” Libya is in the number 10 spot.  ‘… The 250-word blurb proclaims “a door long shut is open again,” and...

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The Libyan Stalemate

Anonymous: There was not that kind of widespread support for the protests in Benghazi, and even Zintan. If there had been so, we would not be in this kind of military stalemate, where the West is even...

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Obama Plans to Attack Africa Next

Last week Talking Points Memo had an item about US Representative Tom Marino (Republican Pennsylvia, BA Lycoming College, Juris Doctor Dickinson School of Law), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Marino was being interviewed by...

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Helping Libya

Not sure if this more about Seun Kuti‘s desire to sell more units of his latest album out on Monday (he has been talking a lot the last few days), but he has a way with words:...

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Libya and Liberia are neighbors

This is not an April’s Fool Joke. New York Magazine‘s reporters and editors need to go back to school: … Fighting continues to rage in Libya, thousands of Libyans have crossed the border into neighboring Liberia, a country...

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Libya and the Left

By Immanuel Wallerstein There is so much hypocrisy and so much confused analysis about what is going on in Libya that one hardly knows where to begin. The most neglected aspect of the situation is the deep...

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Exodus

A humanitarian crisis has many faces. In Tunisia now, fleeing immigrants have overrun the border crossing of Ras Ajdir in an attempt to escape the strife in Libya. The travelers are mostly male Egyptian laborers but also...

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Angola: ’32 years is too much’

On Monday this week 17 people, including several journalists (some from the newspaper Jornal Novo), were arrested at the start of a demonstration, heavily monitored by police, in the Angolan capital, Luanda. As former BBC Angolan correspondent...

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Head Case

Source. Via Stephen Coplan.

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The Good Patrician

Al Jazeera’s Kamal Santamaria interviews David  Cameron onYoutube: questions are submitted by viewers, as part of the Youtube World View Program, where one “world leader” is interviewed every month. First question, submitted on video:

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Libya’s African Problem

As the report by Al Jazeera English, above, indicates, being black in Libya, always a precarious existence, have become even more dangerous since the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime commenced. I asked my former PhD advisor, David...

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