Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY


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November 25 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Nov 25 2014, 05:16:32

"It would be necessary not only to wash the floor: the memory it would demand to remove sight to all we saw, to murder the the bereaved as well, no one cry, no more witnesses to be. But blood roots and grows as a tree on time. The blood on concrete, on the walls, it [...]

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November 24 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Nov 24 2014, 12:16:22

Anybody watching political developments in Zimbabwe can't miss First Lady Grace Mugabe's entry into national politics as a presidential candidate. It is not uncommon that First Lady's are part of the political process, in fact engagement in politics is part of the First Lady's job description. It is required that the wife of the president [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Nov 24 2014, 08:58:53

The challenge has always been there. To study Latin America in the U.S. Why? How? What for? Each year Spanish, Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies departments throughout the U.S. welcome students from Latin America into their doctoral programs. And, according to the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), there are more than 5000 active professionals [...]

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November 23 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sun Nov 23 2014, 22:35:10

A bunch of us went to the African Studies Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the world's largest gathering of Africanists. Much transpired. The problems with conferences this large is you can't cover everything. We made notes and hopefully we've found new contributors. For a general sense of what transpired, the tweets of [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sun Nov 23 2014, 22:35:10

A bunch of us went to the African Studies Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the world's largest gathering of Africanists. Much transpired. The problems with conferences this large is you can't cover everything. We made notes and hopefully we've found new contributors. For a general sense of what transpired, the tweets of [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sun Nov 23 2014, 01:26:00

It was three days before Christmas in 1988. Much of the world--following a blisteringly hot summer--had really begun to worry about rising global temperatures. That night, Chico Mendes stepped outside of his cottage in Xapuri, Brazil only to drop dead moments later. Mendes, a unionist rubber tapper and environmentalist, was gunned down by a cattle [...]

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November 22 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sat Nov 22 2014, 09:00:04

Every September, the Colombian region of Chocó, located along the country's Pacific coast, turns into an overwhelming party. The streets in the capital city of Quibdó are full of parades. Music takes over to celebrate the festivities of San Pacho. This festival, that reflects the history of cultural and religious colonization in Chocó, became a [...]

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November 21 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Nov 21 2014, 13:00:53

On October 30, as thousands of determined Burkinabe put an end to the 27 year rule of their Western-backed autocratic leader, Blaise Compaoré, journalist Hewete Selassie asked a question (in a tweet) that pops up whenever mass protests break out somewhere in Africa: "So is #BurkinaFaso the beginning of the African #Arabspring?" It is one [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Nov 21 2014, 10:00:27

Earlier this year I attended a museum opening in which the curator admitted to being completely unaware of the existence of Burkina Faso until shortly after the artist being presented, the late Christoph Schlingensief, had relocated there. It was an innocuous enough confession -- coming well before the leadership upheavals of the past two weeks [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Nov 21 2014, 08:00:22

One of the first thing I do on Friday morning is log on to the Mail & Guardian website to see the latest from Zapiro.  Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, is a Capetonian political and social cartoonist whose work not chronicles current events in South Africa, but also provides visual critiques of political leaders, [...]

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