AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Sudan

image

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

George Clooney’s Bullshit Politics

George Clooney profile in the December issue of Esquire is a checklist of all things that position him above the typical A-lister: not only does he have great cars, but he has carefully chosen three cars that speak to his eliteness. Not only does he lives in cool, expensive houses, but ones with Hollywood pedigrees. And does...

Friday, October 4th, 2013

In Sudan, “freedom for my mum”

In Sudan, the numbers of women political prisoners are rising, largely because the numbers of women protesting the government and the state are rising. Last week, in response to both economic difficulties stemming from South Sudan’s independence...

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

“They beg to be called refugees, but Israel calls them infiltrators”

Since February 2011, Meron Estefanos has acted as an interpreter, negotiator and kind of lifeline for Eritrean refugees held hostage in the Sinai desert. Meron’s story recently appeared on This American Life, the Chicago based radio program....

Friday, August 30th, 2013

5 New Films to Watch Out For, N°30

From the director and singer-actors of the 2005 film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha comes a new “opera” film. Unogumbe/Noye’s Fludde follows the plot of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde work but moves the action from medieval England to present-day South...

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Israel to African nations: take our asylum seekers and we will give you arms

In the last few days more details have come to light about Israel’s operation to deport African asylum seekers back to the continent, to whichever country wants to take them in exchange for “benefit packages.”  On Tuesday...

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Philosophy and Dancing Outside the European Tradition

A couple of weeks ago Hamid Dabashi’s article “Can Non-Europeans Think?” was making the usual hype motions on the web. The New York-based Iranian professor took righteous offense at Santiago Zambala’s list of the “important and active philosophers today,” which...

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Literary Sudans: A Warscapes Retrospective

Guest Post by Bhakti Shringarpure In the past decade, not many places have been as over-represented or as under-understood than Sudan and the newly formed South Sudan. From a barrage of news articles to a flurry of...

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

10 African films to watch out for, N°3

‘O Grande Kilapy’ (“The Great Kilapy” — ‘kilapy’ is Kimbundu for ‘scheme’, or ‘fraud’), the new film by director Zézé Gamboa, portrays the last decade of Portuguese rule in Angola through the story of Joao Fraga (played...

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

10 things we learned from the African Cup of Nations qualifiers

1. This high-stakes knockout format might not be so bad after all. Qualifying groups are long, turgid affairs, especially the European ones, international football’s equivalent of the snoozetastic-but-moneyspinning Champions League group stages. Knockout football puts the big...

Monday, June 25th, 2012

In Sudan, women set the spark

The women of Sudan have had enough. On the evening of June 16, 2012, women dormitory residents at the University of Khartoum said, Enough is Enough. Girifna. We are disgusted; we have had enough.

Monday, June 25th, 2012

African Asylum Seekers in Israel

Guest Post by Anonymous* If you follow current headlines, you may have noticed a seemingly new conflict arising in the Middle East. Recent migratory trends in Israel have led to new challenges beyond the decades long occupation...

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

‘We’ve always been migrating’

Bentley Brown, director of the exciting new film ‘Faisal Goes West’, spoke with me about migration, building a cinematic bridge between Sudan and America, and lawyers turned pizza delivery boys.

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Yes, Sudan made movies

After a week of being bombarded with all sorts of “good news” from the horn of Africa regarding oil and bombings, I decided to use the weekend to search for days of normalcy in Sudan. No, I...

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

George Clooney’s Sudan movie

Now that George Clooney got arrested (and got out on a nominal $100 fine) along with a few other campaigners while ‘raising awareness’ on war crimes in Sudan, people who should know better (like NAACP president, Ben...

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The Two Sudans

On July 6 2011, the world’s diplomatic elite flocked to one of the globe’s most underdeveloped regions to bask in the warm glow of the birth of a new nation. That South Sudan’s struggle for independence had...

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Of Football Underdogs and Politricks

The knockout phase of the Cup of Nations started this weekend and by next Sunday we’ll have a new champion. Events in Port Said, along with the Zimbabwean match-fixing scandal have made it a dreadful week for...

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Sudan Report

By Jonathan Faull* It is just over 100 days since ICC indicted genocidaire Field-Marshall Omer Al-Bashir, President of the defunct Republic stood center-stage in Juba to be deliriously cheered by his erstwhile enemies.  The world sighed at...

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The White Man’s Burden

This does not get old. The trailer for the new film “Machine Gun Preacher.”

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Weekend Special /July 1, 2011

* Damien Ma, at The Atlantic, blogs about a story on a Chinese website on “the growing phenomenon of Chinese men marrying African women, as Chinese presence in Africa continues to expand.” The post and comments are...

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Sarah Palin is going to Sudan

Some people thought this was a joke when it first trended on Twitter. But it is true Sarah Palin, who thinks Africa is a country, plans to use South Sudan to bolster her resume.  From ABC News’...

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Stakes is High*

I struggled to make sense of Jane Dutton’s underwhelming performance this morning on Al Jazeera English trying to discuss what’s happening in Sudan’s disputed, oil producing region, Abyei. She could not contain two party hacks (from the...

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A road accident doesn’t make a revolution

Recent demonstrations in Sudan’s capital Khartoum over road conditions and traffic signals have led some observers in the West to speculate about the possibilities of a Egypt-style revolution there (see FT, BBC and Al Jazeera English, for example;...

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

’18 year-old Arabs living in Israel’

Photographer Natan Dvir’s images of “18 year-old Arabs living in Israel” were inspired by his realization that he knew little, and understood less about Israel’s Arab society. Arabs consist of “over a fifth of the population,” but...

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The Land Deals

Examine the 21st century’s land deals in African countries, and it’s mostly a collection of unequal “agreements” struck with wealthy nations and companies, busy securing land on which food will be produced.  The International Institute for Environment...

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

‘First Time in Sudan Africa’

Another one of those videos I was forwarded over the break. It’s become something of a rite of passage for rappers to visit Africa. For example this video of Busta Rhymes refusing to let go of an...

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

#ThisisAfrica: Sudanese TV (in Dubai)

I came across a concert on Sudanese television station Blue Nile TV while flipping through channels in Dubai (lot’s of great music on there). I know The Sudan has been in the news for other reasons lately,...

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Bangs: A Fine Mess

Bangs, the Australian rapper of Sudanese descent, who has made mediocrity into an art form, makes a mess of Christmas. (By the way, if you blink, you might not notice that’s him riffing off Slick Rick’s “Children’s...

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Saving Darfur

More than a year later these lines–written by journalist Eamon Kircher-Allen as part of the reaction to Mahmood Mamdani’s “Saviors and Survivors,” a study of Darfur Now’s campaigns and the complex history of the Darfur conflict–is still...

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Short Film: “Limbo”

I spotted this short film, Limbo, on the Afro-Europe Blog and thought it would be good to re-post here. The film, made in 2005, was directed by Lewie Kerr. The story follows the main character Issam, a...

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Time To Vote

Today marks 85 days until the scheduled southern Sudan referendum for independence, the significance of which cannot be overstated. Just ask George Clooney, new special adviser on Sudan to presidents and policymakers alike. The two-time Sexiest Man...

Page 1 of 2 1 2