Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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September 18 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Sep 18 2014, 04:00:47

Nelson Mandela speaks to the crowds in George Square, Glasgow, 1993. He received the Freedom of Glasgow bestowed on him 12 years previously, when Margaret Thatcher regarded him and the ANC as terrorists. Watch clips from his visit (and the prehistory) to Scotland below. Scotland (including Andy Murray) votes today in a referendum for its [...]

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September 17 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Sep 17 2014, 14:51:02

Africa is a Radio went on break last month along with Africa is a Country, so I'm just now able to get to posting July's show here. This episode focuses on South African Hip Hop, both commercial and underground with a special report from Pretoria by Ts'eliso Mohaneng. Enjoy, and look out for September's Episode [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Sep 17 2014, 09:48:58

Last week a building that was part of the complex that is the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria ('pastor': TB Joshua) collapsed. When the story was first reported last Friday, the death toll stood at 3 people.  Then yesterday, the South African President Jacob Zuma announced that "at least 67 South Africans were killed." [...]

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September 15 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Sep 15 2014, 11:00:12

Every now and then, its seems as if there is nothing new out there. Everything seems derivative, repetitive or just plain bland. As a filmmaker, I sometimes go through moments of extreme lack of inspiration; and even question my choice of career. And then an unexpected spark happens to light the way. Beats of the [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Sep 15 2014, 10:10:37

This is Africa is prone to tabloid headlines (they've been running tons of sex related posts lately), but Nigerian journalist Chiagozie Nwonwu's interview with Binyavanga Wainaina (writer, commentator, rights defender "a public figure, not D'Banj, but with enough people") is worth all the sensationalism. In the interview, Binyavanga covers a lot of ground: Nigerians moving to Nairobi, [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Sep 15 2014, 09:00:44

"Should Scotland be an independent country?" That is the question Scots will be asked when they go to the polls on September 18th. The outcome of the vote will have a significant impact on the future of Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. More interestingly, this referendum is being closely watched in a [...]

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September 13 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sat Sep 13 2014, 08:20:16

"This is Simply a Personal Statement from Me to You" On August 18th I attended the memorial service for Nat Nakasa at the Broadway Presbyterian Church in Harlem.  What began as a somber event quickly turned joyous as we celebrated the South African writer and editor's long overdue trip home. With isiZulu songs echoing off [...]

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September 11 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Sep 11 2014, 11:15:38

The Economist has a slavery problem, as Greg Grandin has recently called it. Grandin's wonderful article is a response to a series of lamentable book reviews published by The Economist that deal with the topic of slavery: Grandin's own The Empire of Necessity, and more recently Edward Baptist's The Half Has NeverBeen Told. The list goes on, as Grandin reports. But, [...]

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September 10 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Sep 10 2014, 09:00:02

The South African RW Johnson has undergone a transformation of youthful radical to smug "anti-apartheid" liberal anti-communist and scholar of the French Left (think Tony Judt-lite), resulting in the final incarnation of a  pompous red-faced "liberal" colonial academic flinging reductionist tribal stereotypes into the public sphere. His intellectual credibility was forfeited a few years ago [...]

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September 9 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Sep 9 2014, 12:00:27

Earlier this week Sepp Blatter, defending FIFA's decision to not rescind its decision to award Russia the World Cup in 2022, said "Boycotts don't help. Watch it here for yourself. As, a site not usually know for its progressive politics (they usually line up behind the worst aspects of US foreign policy) wondered: "Would [...]

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