Riveting piece of journalism in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine as well as an accompanying video piece (narrated by correspondent Barry Bearak) on the ordinary murder of a Zimbabwean migrant and widespread mob “justice” in Diepsloot, a squatter camp to the north of Johannesburg. The piece is generally good. As one friend remarked: “To his credit, Bearak’s clearly made an effort at getting to know Diepsloot and writing a good story. While it has a whiff of Rian Malan‘s ‘Hammerman’ tale towards the end, with the white man’s discovery of and fascination with muti, etcetera, it is generally good, and didn’t stray into laziness.” So go ahead and it.
The vivid imagery of Zimbabwean artist Portia Zvavahera touches powerfully on themes such as womanhood, religion and spirituality.
In this week’s episode of the African Five-a-side podcast, we delve into how Guinea’s first president, and our midfield destroyer, said “No” to France and “Yes” to football.
The 1959 Pidjiguiti Massacre served as an important historical marker in the curriculum of the anticolonial resistance in Guinea-Bissau.
Henry Kissinger was convinced that Africans were incapable of responsible government—so he fought against the national liberation movements fighting for independence.
In Somalia, poets are considered organic public intellectuals.
A new book shows how Europe is using the energy transition to exploit and under-develop the Arab world.
What contestations over land in urban Senegal tell us about political economy in the post-colony.
Sports on the continent are being commercialized at a rapid rate. What’s driving it?
In 1975, seeing how a communist victory in Angola’s civil war would boost the morale of Vietnamese freedom fighters, Henry Kissinger wanted to plan a covert operation against the MPLA.
Morocco is one of the United States’ oldest allies, so when it occupied Western Sahara in 1975, the right to self-determination of the Sahrawi people mattered little.
In the 1970s, Kissinger believed that the liberation of southern Africa from white-minority rule represented a Cold War setback.
What is the relationship between humor and politics in Africa?
Africa’s biggest spectacle is happening soon. What does it take to host the African Cup of Nations?
In Nairobi, skateboarding provides an alternative space where consumption is not a prerequisite for entry.
In 1987, a band led by a group of South African Jewish brothers released a song against apartheid repression. Today, its lyrics speak to conditions in Palestine as well.
The African Five-a side podcast continues to explore the stories of five African heads of state and their influence on football. This week, we introduce our striker.
A new film about American civil rights icon Bayard Rustin overlooks his later conservative turn, evident in his attitudes to anticolonial resistance in Africa.
It is often imagined that world opinion was always united in its opposition to apartheid in South Africa—it wasn’t. Today, global indifference to Palestine is changing too.
Choosing to focus on denouncing Palestinian violence is akin to asking them to passively accept their fate—to die quietly and not resist.
What does Javier Milei’s presidential victory mean for Argentina’s black and indigenous minorities?