The latest issue of Conde Nast Traveler features a listing of the “15 Best Places To See Right Now.” Libya is in the number 10 spot. ‘… The 250-word blurb proclaims “a door long shut is open again,” and ends with a recommendation to fly Lufthansa from New York’s JFK via Frankfurt to Tripoli, which has since been shrouded in a NATO-imposed no-fly zone.’
The “Africa needs help” vs. “No! Africa can teach you lessons!” is tiring. Other than benefiting a few pundits, are we deriving any value from it?
The basic lesson from Halima Ouardiri’s short film, “Clebs,” about over 750 stray dogs living in a Moroccan sanctuary: We behave just like dogs.
Africans rarely re-evaluate ourselves, the basis of our knowledge and our traditions on our own terms, argues Sierra Leonean writer Ishmael Beah.
How do white writers confront South Africa’s as well as their own pasts?
Why courts should not become a country’s sole moral arbiter, how coronavirus has impact judicial processes in India and South Africa, and more.
A new film set in Djibouti City presents a searing class critique of Somali girlhood.
In Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, a partial COVID-19 lockdown has increased domestic violence, but women are not turning to shelters.
Talking to other African women about sexual experiences, desires, and fantasies without feeling judged.
Rethinking white societies in Southern Africa from the 1930s to the 1990s, particularly the region’s white workers and white poor and their relationship with white-ruled states.
How colonial Portugal, to project the idea of a multi-continental and multiracial country, initiated a drive to encourage white settlement in Angola and Mozambique.
Can African scholars write different histories about settler societies—especially as Africans or Africanist scholars based in Africa or in the diaspora? The case of Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) is instructive.
How did South Africa’s white working class—those whites uncomfortably far removed from elite white policymakers and uncomfortably close to the politicized black workforce—experience the reform of apartheid?
Why did white mineworkers on the Zambian Copperbelt not seriously resist decolonization?
A Kenyan investigative journalist reflects on the capture of a genocidaire in Paris after 26 years on the run and its significance to the families of the victims left in his wake.
The recent news of evictions and mistreatment of African students in China during the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in a history of violence and discrimination.
The imperial legacy of the camera and the narrative power of words and images.
Activists in the occupied territories reinvent the Freedom Rides of 1960s America and in the process link US and Palestinian struggles for liberation.
What do we gain by exposing the material shortcomings of African health systems?
The intersecting dynamics of class and gender, changing beauty ideals, and the expansion of consumer capitalism in Africa.
We need swift, bold, and decisive action on debt relief and monetary creation in Africa in order to face the coronavirus crisis and prevent many ordinary Africans from paying with their lives.