Friday, February 4th, 2011

Silence is Consent

The London-based rappers Mohammed Yahya (born in Mozambique) and Poetic Pilgrimage call out Arab leaders “… from Egypt to Tunisia, Yemen to Saudi Arabia, Somalia to Bahrain and everywhere else where injustices take place daily.”

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Sunday Ephemera No.3

In 1984 Apple launched its new Macintosh personal computer with the commercial above. In Tunisia circa 2004, that same commercial, remixed, serves as a powerful commentary on the autocratic regime of Tunisia’s Ben Ali:

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

New Sara Baartman Film

I just finished an essay (with my research assistant Adam Esrig) on new developments in African film–most notably the business model of Nollywood, the emergence of South Africa as a cheap back lot for B-grade Hollywood films...

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Democracy, Tunisian Style

Tunisia’s President, Ben Ali, wins his fifth election since 1987 by a 99 percent margin after he decided on the candidates who could run against him. Before the result is even out he threatens anyone who questions...

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