Over the course of fifteen years (1994-2009), Elke Zuern has interviewed civic and social movement leaders, local government leaders, members of NGOs and other community organizations in South Africa. In her new book, The Politics of Necessity,* she compares these movements in South Africa to those elsewhere on the continent (Benin, Botswana, Nigeria), and beyond […]
Journalist Pascal Zachary–on his blog Africa Works–argues that the protests in Uganda that started April 4, are strategically “ill-timed” and that opposition leader Kizza Besigye (shot in the hand, and in jail at present), while brave, can only take the movement against Life President Yoweri Museveni so far: The [current] protests seem ill-timed. They should […]
Not, “Do you want another rap?”, but two documentaries on Hip Hop, with a similar focus, set in the same country, Uganda. Which for me, makes the differences in their presentation style all the more startling.
I like Naijablog’s take–writing from the vantage point of Nigeria–on Wikileaks: … the cables remind us that no matter what we might know, we are apparently powerless to stop it. The odd thing is: in the act of us realising this, everything now changes. A weakening and a dilution of power is now at work. For […]
Remember Adam Habib, the South African political commentator, who on his last trip to the United States in 2007 was declared a terrorist, refused entry and put on a plane back to South Africa? He was never told what he did wrong (he was a vocal critic of the US occupation in Iraq). Now the […]
Some of you probably heard about Equal Education, a new South African mass movement to campaign for and end to education disparities inherited from Apartheid and neglected by the democratic government, for the first time when The New York Times ran a feature about them in September 2009. As The Times reported at the time: […]
Rising Up Together’ is an exhibition of photographs taken during the apartheid era by veteran South African photographer Gille de Vlieg. The exhibition is currently running at the Durban Art Gallery in South Africa, until early October Link.
My former PhD adviser, David Styan, pointed me to this mixing of popular protest and music in Senegal (not widely reported in English speaking media): Both old school crooner, Youssou N’Dour, and Senegalese rap pioneer, Didier Awadi, have just released songs (for free download and Senegalese radio) laying into the Senegalese government over electricity cuts. […]
Two leaders of Durban, South Africa, shack dwellers movement, Abahlala baseMjondolo are in New York City “… building networks of solidarity with those engaged in similar struggles in this country.” Mazwi Nzimande and Reverend Mavuso will also be present at a screening of the 15 minute documentary, “Dear Mandela” (part of a longer film; trailer […]