social movements

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The Politics of Necessity

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

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Forcing Museveni from Power

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...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Do you need another rap film?

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.

Monday, December 13th, 2010

What do leftists make of Wikileaks?

Not everyone is so taken with what Wikileaks has wrought. I’d be curious to hear what some of you think of this take of Wikileaks and Assange, by a reader, an American leftist: … I’m refusing to...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Adam Habib back in the US

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...

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

No More Bantu Education

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...

Friday, September 11th, 2009


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...

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The Darkness in Senegal

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,...

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


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...