What people think about #Kony2012 is now somewhat colored by the public meltdown of one of its co-leaders Jason Russell (he was arrested yesterday in San Diego for exposing himself, and hospitalized). Nevertheless, Invisible Children’s methods of organizing and use of social media still needs to be debated (though written before Russell’s meltdown, here’s a good take on the organizational model of Invisible Children and its implications by researcher Dana Boyd). So #Kony2012 was definitely going to be on the agenda at this year’s SXSW. Posters were already up on walls and somebody even painted Joseph Kony’s picture on the streets of Austin. The festival added two last minute panel discussions to the program. AIAC was there for the second one, but unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to speak with someone from Invisible Children. Instead, however, we had a chat with Uganda-born panelist and co-founder of Project Diaspora, Teddy Ruge, and with Sam Gregory, program director at Witness. (During the discussion a Google document was created and it is open for everyone to read and edit.)
Why do so many of the urban poor support John Mahama and Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Congress?
The political legacy of Kenyas radical 1980s student movement. An interview with one of the leaders, Miguna Miguna.
Cape Town rapper YoungstaCPT complicates hip hop and coloured identity in South Africa.
Why a military-only approach against Boko Haram in the countries bordering Lake Chad will always fail: it doesn’t address the root causes of political conflict there.
The photo series Another Way Home captures how migration effects families, communities and individuals—those who travel and those who stay behind.
Cameroon claims to be a democracy, then why are even moderates like Maurice Kamto in jail?
If in India there has been an investment in myth of Mohandas Gandhi as a non-racial icon, in South Africa Gandhi also has his defenders.
Combating Zionism requires a vision that pays no credence to ethno-nationalism. As the world reconsiders the one-state solution, South Africa should lead the way.
If Rwandan support for the RPF and Kagame is so universal and genuine, why the murder, frequent arrest, torture and imprisonment of opposition politicians and investigative journalists?
Rapper Jovi has inducted himself into a club of Cameroonian artists who have embraced their own truths in the face of adversity.
The popular myth holds that most South African major resistance leaders come from its coastal regions. That’s not been the case since the mid-1970s.
Omar al Bashir has fallen in Khartoum. Beyond regime change—managed by the military—there’s a deeper economic crisis.
The post-independence fates of Zimbabwean student activists who fought the Rhodesian regime.
Judi Rever’s account of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath challenges the official narrative.
The international body governing track and field announced that the longest distance race to be held will be the 3000 meters. We know who will benefit least from this change.
After his murder in 1961, Patrice Lumumba immediately became a martyr of African independence. What is Lumumba’s “political afterlives” nearly sixty years later?
The emphasis on identity and difference act to temper the radical potential of South Africa’s youth. They need an education on class politics.
On writers, empathy and (black) solidarity politics.
The films of Robert Van Lierop and Margaret Dickson chronicled anti-imperial struggles in Mozambique. They also offer a new generation blueprints on revolution and solidarity.
The legendary Senegalese director (Touki-Bouki and Hyenas) said of his films: “My work is not based on premeditation or planning; it is based on the instant.”