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

What’s happening in South Africa?

After unrest in July and municipal elections in November, it’s clear South Africa is in the midst of a serious social, economic and political crisis. What are the roots of it? Listen to this episode of AIAC Talk to find out.