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Friday, October 25th, 2013

Mozambique: How serious is Renamo’s pro-war rhetoric?

On October 4th, the peace accord between the opposition Renamo and the party in power, Frelimo, signed after more than a decade and a half of civil war, celebrated its 21st anniversary. After several violent incidents over the past year and an attack by Frelimo on Renamo’s current base in the country’s central region this

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

That TIME story that South Africa may outlaw spanking at home

On 30 July TIME Magazine reported that South Africa’s government, in cooperation with some notable children’s rights NGO’s, is drafting a bill that would outlaw spanking at home. If the bill passes, South African parents lose their...

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Egyptian Graffiti and Gender Politics: An Interview with Soraya Morayef

Mickey Mouse is pulling apart a bomb: inside is the torso of George W. Bush, and they’re both looking perfectly happy about the whole thing. Soraya Morayef is taking a photo of the wall where these figures...

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Western Journalist in Africa

In 1982, as the air force-led coup attempt in Kenya unfolded, we sat glued to our transistor radio listening to the BBC and Voice of America (VOA). In fact, the more the oppressive the Moi regime censored...

Friday, March 1st, 2013

TIME and the media’s culture of confirmation bias

Within hours of Adam Lanza shooting dead 20 Sandy Hook Elementary first-graders and seven adults, including his own mother, and taking his own life, media channels everywhere were festooned with analysis and opinion on what drove the...

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Why is South Africa such a violent society

Post by Palesa Mazamisa* The heinous, brutal rape and subsequent slaughtering of Anene Booysen in South Africa’s Western Cape province has brought into the open, once again, the miry underbelly of our rainbow nation. At the heart of violence...

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Nonviolent Transition in South Africa

The American philosopher Lewis Gordon, in an essay on affirmative action: There are those who praise South Africa for making the transformation to a supposedly post-Apartheid society nonviolently. Without violence? The many blacks (in the Black Consciousness...

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The music video is not dead

An incendiary piece of video art, more like a short film–of raids, profiling and state terrorism–done by director Romain Gravas, for a new M.I.A. joint, “Born Free.” It was initially posted on Youtube yesterday, but taken down...

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Driving with Fanon

I am dying to see this film, “Driving with Fanon,” by Steve Kwena Mokwena, a Johannesburg-based artist.  (I first met Steve in London in 2003. Very talented man.)  I should have a copy soon and will report...

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Photography by Pete Muller

Video profile of US photographer Pete Muller who talks about a trip to northern Uganda, and some of the thought process behind his pictures. He was interviewed by the Washington DC based journalist Nico Colomband. Links to...

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

So, You Want to Compare Colonial Empires?

So, is the U.S. any different from other Western colonial powers? Damon Salesa, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program, explains to Chicago Public Radio. Listen Here.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Murs dropping “the science”

Music break from my favorite track of LA rapper Murs. Here‘s a transcript of the song’s lyrics.