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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 growing up in the U.S. So when--in the wake of the occupation by the Army of the Maré Complex in...

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Mandela was the Last Founding Father in Africa’s Decolonization

The death of Nelson Mandela has provoked an outpouring of mourning, celebration, and commentary around the world that is unprecedented for an African leader. Glowing tributes have gushed from world leaders and major magazines and newspapers have...

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Gaddafi Archives at the London Photography Festival

The ‘Gaddafi Archives – Libya Before the Arab Spring’, which opened this week at the London Festival of Photography is an embarrassment of riches. This exhibition of images recovered from the remains of Gaddafi’s archives and rephotographed...

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, March 23rd, 2012

Mali’s coup—first thoughts

Gregory Mann, associate professor of history at Columbia University in New York City,* writes a guest post for Africa is a Country on the coup in Mali:

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

January in Cairo III

We can deduce certain trends about Egyptian painting and the nature of its buyers.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Shameless Self Promotion

It’s that time of year again. The students in my required Media and Culture course at The New School (I have a day job yes) just uploaded their final projects–a short documentary or commentary piece (limit under...

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 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....

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...

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...

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...

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Head Case

Source. Via Stephen Coplan.

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...

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Dictators and Pop Stars

Yesterday pop star Nelly Furtado tweeted that she had performed privately for Gaddafi’s family, had earned US$1 million, but was feeling so bad that now she would donate the money she earned to “an undisclosed charity.” We...

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Gaddafi like ‘… a depressed Nigerian grandmother at a wedding’

One of the myriad references thrown into this part-imitation, part-rant by sharp, madcap British comedian Charlie Brooker (on his BBC show), of the Brother Leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s most recent utterings, style, as well as of Gaddafi’s son,...

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Gaddafi Pop

Salon.com put together a few references (some unfunny ones too) of Muammar Gaddafi from popular American TV shows and movies. We can’t confirm if Gaddafi paid for these cameos.

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

How do you spell Gaddafi?

Update: Before the revolution is over, The Washington Post will have figured out the correct spelling. (H/T: Bombastic Elements)

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Gaddafi’s voluptuous Ukranian nurse

1. Anyone who has done any kind of archival research will know immediately the use of the WikiLeaks cables, and also their limits. Now that the superficial and the obvious are out of the way, the truly...

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Gaddafi’s ‘Black Europe’