AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Middle East

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The “Fall” of Capital

On May 18th, Slavoj Žižek, Mamdouh Habashi, Samir Amin, David Harvey and Zygmunt Bauman participated in a roundtable entitled “Meaning of Maghreb?” during the Decolonization: New Emancipatory Struggles conference in Croatia. Largely focused on Egypt (the moderator explained the “unexpected” uprisings had caught them by surprise, necessitating its inclusion in the discussion), Samir Amin kicked off

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...

Friday, April 15th, 2011

‘The New Arab Narrative’

Is the new narrative of Arabs and north Africans simply “replacing the long held ‘Arab Exceptionalism’ narrative, which held sway for decades and argued that Arabs because of sociological and cultural reasons are ‘immune’ to democracy and democratization”?...

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Negro Steel Wool

This is appropriate in Lebanon.

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Edward Said’s Orientalism Revisited

The Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, has put out a short PDF of critical responses to the late Edward Said’s Orientalism thesis. This is the quick view of the PDF from a close collaborator who studies...

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / JUAN TIZOL

Juan Tizol was a trombone player, but a composer too (and a borinqueño of course). Here’s he doing his now classic tune, “Caravan,” with the Duke. This film was recorded in 1952. Ellington and Tizol first performed...