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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The #RaceScienceFiles: The New York Times edition

I recently downloaded a copy of a book from a white-supremacist website (sorry, no links here). It claims that, because of evolutionary forces at work in Africa, black people have smaller brains, lower IQs, more sex hormones, higher rates of crime, and are worse parents than whites. (It also reports, with what seems like a touch of...

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Shameless Self Promotion: T.O. Molefe makes New York Times debut

The New York Times gave us Kristof, Friedman and Brooks. We gave them the Rt Hon T.O. Molefe. Africa is a Country's T.O. Molefe, one of two dozen new columnists, made his debut in The International New...

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The New York Times: Counting bodies and column inches

Since Jeffrey Gettleman’s beloved machetes remain sheathed after a peaceful (and therefore thus far apparently uninteresting) Kenyan election, America’s paper of records put Africa’s other most important story on its front page yesterday. That’s right, Oscar and Reeva....

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Jeffrey Gettleman’s continent

Chief among the debates (or what passes for debates on blogs, Twitter and in mainstream media) about #Kony2012, are these two questions: whether or not external observers should raise awareness or otherwise stage interventions in a conflict...

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Shameless Self-Promotion

A piece I wrote was published in The New York Times–on January 1, 2011–as part of an op-ed feature “Around the World in 12 Months (in 2010).” My recollections of the 2010 World Cup was the entry...

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Nicholas Kristof wants it both ways

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has an op-ed in the paper today about the political crisis in Zimbabwe that is full of the usual clichés with him as daring journalist hero. He had to disguise himself...