Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY


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August 1 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Aug 1 2014, 09:00:57

Starting this morning, we begin our annual month-long break from this site (we'll still be active on social media-Facebook and on Twitter and Twitter again). We'll be back after Labor Day (the Americans' poor excuse for May Day) at the start of September.  In the meantime, this is a good time to revisit our greatest hits from the [...]

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July 31 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 31 2014, 23:59:56

We often hear political and business leaders and Africanists talk about the need to "tell the African story." For us, "tell the African story" means nothing. In other words, it is a cliché of no value. We don't know what it is supposed to mean. It may be that the idea of a definitive "African story" gains [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 31 2014, 15:30:55

On Monday, a woman walked towards the giant Mandela statue at Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, Johannesburg and stripped naked until security guard came to remove her as demonstrated in the cellphone images that were captured and distributed on social media by bystanders. It is not clear who this woman is or why she did [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 31 2014, 14:40:10

Last week, a classified ad appeared in a Colombian newspaper. It read, in the broken language of pay-per-word ads: A female surgeon doctor with college degree Internship in Clinic Inscription. 25-30 years old, of white skin. Needed, a personal interview Dr. Guarín, next July, 22nd, 10 A.m. Soon every news outlet in the country, as well [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 31 2014, 12:00:31

Come Back Africa (dir. Lionel Rogosin), Mapantsula (dir. Oliver Schmitz) and Tsotsi (dir. Gavin Hood) mark three distinct eras in South African cinema. The oldest of the three, Come Back Africa, shot secretly in the late 1950s, shows the routine violence of the apartheid state. The viewer experiences the monotony of social exclusion through the [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 31 2014, 12:00:31

Come Back Africa (dir. Lionel Rogosin), Mapantsula (dir. Oliver Schmitz) and Tsotsi (dir. Gavin Hood) mark three distinct eras in South African cinema. The oldest of the three, Come Back Africa, shot secretly in the late 1950s, shows the routine violence of the apartheid state. The viewer experiences the monotony of social exclusion through the [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 31 2014, 09:00:16

The film, Diaries of a Dissident Poet, follows poet James Matthews around Cape Town, tracking him during a year, from his 83rd to 84th birthday. It opens with a small celebration of his 83rd at the District Six Homecoming Centre in (downtown Cape Town) and moves on to scenes of him in conversation or banter with [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 31 2014, 06:00:27

Historically known for a relaxed pace of life, Mombasa on Kenya's coast has also been a regional hub for business, trade and tourism. Its population is diverse; recent figures indicate the city is divided between Christians and Muslims (59% and 41%, respectively), with one-third of inhabitants also originating from outside of the region. Along with [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 31 2014, 03:00:07

On January 23 this year the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), a firebrand breakaway of the COSATU-affiliated National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), took an estimated 50,000 mineworkers to the plateaus of Rustenburg to demand a R12,500 (about US$1,250) basic salary. For months - without pay, their families going hungry and their spirits waning [...]

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July 30 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Jul 30 2014, 12:45:05

It's a little over two decades ago that South Africa's Whites Only schools began to 'welcome' Black students (African, Coloured and Indian) students into their classrooms. Guided by the official principles of multiculturalism and equality, many a White teacher witnessed his or her classroom diversify. In response, many of them adopted the rhetoric of 'color [...]

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