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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Africa’s Last Colony

Earlier this year I flew to the Algerian military town of Tindouf, as part of a Vice News crew, to help make a documentary and write an article about the struggle for an independent Western Sahara. Tindouf sits outside a network of five camps housing Sahrawi refugees from the war between Morocco and Polisario, the

Monday, June 16th, 2014

For the Tiki-Taka Brigade

The annihilation of Spain by the Netherlands last Friday (5-1) shocked and delighted football fans, pundits and creatives all at once, so much so that European pundits have something else to talk about, like total football, rather...

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Blame it on Botswana

Spain’s monarchy is apparently having a hard time–in the latest round of scandals, one of the princesses is accused of public corruption along with her husband. But where did it all start to go wrong for the...

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Vecinos. Neighbours. A Short Film on African Migrants in Barcelona

The short film below was part of a residency I completed at Jiwar, Creation and Society based in Gracia, Barcelona, funded by The Africa Centre and the Spanish Embassy of South Africa. I focus my artistic practice...

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Remember the name: Keita Baldé Diao

SS Lazio is a club with a long history of fascism. Currently their biggest talent is Spanish-born Senegalese player Keita Baldé Diao. Remember the name.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Obiang’s son offers Equatorial Guinea’s national team a bonus of $6,7m if they beat Spain in friendly

We’re beginning to think the higher-ups at the Spanish FA didn’t really prepare themselves for what they were getting themselves into when they decided to schedule–at short notice–a meaningless friendly football match for La Roja against a...

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Obiang Who?

Amidst the worst economic and social crisis Spain can remember, there is an iconic institution living its most glorious days. The Spanish national football team, commonly remembered in the past for sour losses and unforgettable mistakes, has...

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Football and Dictatorships

World and European champions Spain will play Equatorial Guinea in a friendly in Malabo on November 16th. We can only speculate as to why Spain is playing this match. There’s of course history: Spain once colonized Equatorial...

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Autonomy in Barcelona: the Mount Zion community

Between the 19th and early 20th century, Barcelona’s Poblenou neighborhood became the site of a fascinating transformation. Factories, processing plants and small stores blossomed as industrialization turned the swampy marshes on the banks of the Besòs River into a...

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Rhys Ifans vs. ‘The Voodoo Mama’

The Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is best remembered (a lifetime ago now) as Hugh Grant’s fictional roommate in “Four Weddings and a FuneralNotting Hill” And he has a decent career in Hollywood, so it was a surprise...

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Euro 2012 Semi-Final Preview: Mozambique vs Spain

Here in Maputo there’s only one thing on tonight: Portugal’s clash with Spain in the semi-finals of Euro 2012. Fancy bars are pushing up their cover prices and there are images of Cristiano Ronaldo all over the...

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Undocumented Spanish News

Last week, the Spanish site, Periodismohumano, broke the news of the fifty-four men and women deported from Madrid to the Democratic Republic of Congo. After three years of struggle, hunger strikes, and protests, forty-three men and women...

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Pepe Reina and the shagging African cannibals

Pepe Reina, Liverpool and Spain’s national team goalkeeper, is a spokesperson for the Spanish multinational insurance company Groupama Seguros. In a new TV ad, Reina lands up in a jungle where a blackfaced chief claims Reina as...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

NBA player Serge Ibaka has no country

Last year we pointed to the fact that sports commentators, statisticians and journalists can’t distinguish the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC) from its neighbor the Republic of Congo every time they talk about NBA basketball player...

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Concha Buika sings about love

Whether you like Pedro Almodóvar’s movies or not, there’s no way around the sublime soundtracks that come with it. (Who can hear Caetano Veloso’s interpretation of ‘Cucurrucucu Paloma’ without thinking of this scene in Hable Con Ella?)...

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Serge Ibaka is Spanish

Listening to the Spanish commentaries in this video summary (and reading some biographies on the net), you’d be forgiven to believe Brazzaville-born NBA basketball player Serge ‘Air Congo’ Ibaka is from the DRC. But that’s on the...

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Monkey Business

On Sunday, October 17, 2010, history was made in the Italian serie A: a match was stopped due to fans’ racist chants. It happened at the Sant’Elia stadium in Cagliari (on the island of Sardinia). Just two...

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The Day After

The World Cup is now over after a final match that unfortunately rivals for negativity, ugliness, aimlessness and overzealous refereeing the 1990 World Cup final in Rome between Germany and Argentina.  Andres Iniesta’s extra-time goal ensured the right...

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Red Bull

As the World Cup nears, I am going to be a bit soccer-centric.  Last week I posted a goal by Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o. Now its the turn of Spain’s Fernando Torres, who for now plays his club...

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Among the Savages

I asked journalist, filmmaker and photographer Pablo Mediavilla Costa, also one of my students at The New School, to give some perspective on the Spanish reality TV series, ‘Perdidos en la tribu’ (‘Lost in the tribe’) filmed,...

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY: LUIZ DIAZ DIAZ

The photography of Luis Díaz Díaz, a Madrid based freelance photographer.