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January in Cairo II: The Ministry of Culture

Negar Azimi reflects on the difficult decisions facing Egyptian art: “A survey of titles of works from recent exhibitions in Cairo reveals the following: ‘Freedom,’ ‘Drink Freedom,’ ‘Shadow of Freedom,’ ‘People Demand,’ ‘Man Crying’ and so on.” This is, she argues, “the sort of revolution-kitsch the market seeks. To be blandly political is in vogue and to be apolitical risks flirting with philistinism.”

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"Iconic" Africa

Time  unveiled its “Top 10 Photos of 2011” online last week. At least four of the photographs cover African topics: they’re all from “conflict” situations–two in Libya’s civil war (view…..

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Ramadan Kareem

Though it remains to be seen what political, economic and social changes will happen (if any) in the “New Egypt,” its first Ramadan after Mubarak’s downfall will undoubtably be memorable……

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Hip Hop and the "Arab Spring"

From “Hip Hop & Diaspora: Connecting the Arab Spring” by Lara Dotson-Renta over at the Arab Media & Society online journal: The diasporic connections visible in the hip-hop of the…..