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So it turns out that tonight at the Winter Olympics in the pairs figure skating finals, Germany will be presented by, Robin Szolkowy, whose father is Tanzanian (his mother is German), and his Ukranian-born partner, Aliona Savchenko. They will perform a routine choreographed to the music of the film, “Out of Africa,” which in turn is based on a Danish writer‘s fantasy of Kenya.  And, as a German friend informed me, their coach was an informant for the East German secret police.

I won’t waste any comment on the Russian pair who put on animal skin costumes to perform their “Aboriginal Song.” That’s too easy.

Further Reading

Democraticizing money

Cameroonian economist Joseph Tchundjang Pouemi died in 1984, either poisoned or by suicide. His ideas about the international monetary system and the CFA franc are worth revisiting.

The promise of platinum

Platinum holds promise for a net-zero future. But the promise of platinum cannot be founded on the broken promises endured by those who live in its spaces of extraction.