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Friday, December 21st, 2012

The Trouble with “The Trouble with Aid”

“And the world weeps with them…”, narrates the solemn 70s commentator over images of children in Biafra, bloated by kwashiorkor. These are the opening shots of the documentary film, The Trouble With Aid, which screened on the BBC last week, a documentary by Ricardo Pollack problematising the growth of humanitarian aid through an episodic look

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Ephemera

My man Gregory Mann, a historian of Francophone West Africa, based at Columbia University (he’s on leave this academic year at Stanford University’s Humanities Center) sent me this image from a 1970s leftist French magazine on Africa,...

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY / MICHAEL WYETH

This amazing set of photographs of soldiers of the Apartheid South African Army were taken by Wyeth between 1980 and 1982 (I chanced upon them recently while looking for images of Apartheid for a project I am...