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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

A Bronx Story: Ghana vs USA

The fate of World Cup draws has fostered an unlikely rivalry between Ghana and the United States. In 2006, Ghana dispatched the U.S. in Germany. Four years later, in South Africa, the Black Stars sunk American hearts in the first knockout round, courtesy of an extra-time goal from Asamoah Gyan. Passion runs so deep for Ghana’s

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Mindy Kaling isn’t Responsible for Being Your Diversity Councillor

I got together with Nadia Misir and Derica Shields for an AIAC Roundtable to discuss why Mindy Kaling went batshit when she was asked, at the recent SXSW, why there are no other characters of colour in...

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Can African Heads of State Speak?

These days, well-behaved African heads of state are rewarded by Barack Obama with the chance to meet with him in groups of four and have their picture taken with him. It’s like meeting Beyonce, but you get...

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The bigger question is not why France decided to intervene in Mali, but why America has held off

Stephen W Smith in The London Review of Books:

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Acoustic Guitar Break

We thought it would be nice to compile a Bonus Music Break centered on acoustic guitar music. First up is Toronto-based Ghanaian Kae Sun with “Lion on a Leash”:

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Film Review: “The Education of Auma Obama”

Republican party propaganda wants to paint President Barack Obama's Kenyan family as alien to America. In this propaganda, Barack Hussein Obama Snr and the old man's supposed "anti-colonial" and left-wing biases. In this propaganda Kenyans are reduced...

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

If Africa really is “a country” …

From a reader: If Africa really is “a country” for many Americans, then that country is somewhere few outside the military have even heard of … Djibouti: AFRICOM (much of it apparently run out of a rural...

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The CIA’s Charles Taylor Revelation

Recent revelations, which have always been suspected, have strengthened the United States' role in the Liberian civil war, adding fuel to claims of American intervention in Liberia since its founding as a Western style nation-state.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Herman Cain’s Libya

Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate and white conservatives’ idea of a real black man (in contrast President Barack Obama is “the son of an elite Kenyan and a white graduate student”), went to see the editorial board...

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Geronimo

I wondered why initially few, if any mainstream news outlets, pretended to not care why the code word for terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, among his Navy Seals executioners was that of native American leader, Geronimo.   A...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Senegal’s Dream President

Senegal’s 83-year old president, Abdoulaye Wade, is running for a third term.  What is it with these guys? Don’t they know when to go? The last time when he won, the opposition had a good case for...

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Edward Said’s Orientalism Revisited

The Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, has put out a short PDF of critical responses to the late Edward Said’s Orientalism thesis. This is the quick view of the PDF from a close collaborator who studies...

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

HARUN FAROCKI’S “INEXTINGUISHABLE FIRE”

I teach a class on Documenting International Affairs at The New School. We talk about and watch (in and outside class) all the usual subjects–Why We Fight, Rambo II, Star Wars, Hearts and Minds, Cry...

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

RACE RELATIONS