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September 26 2013

From This Is Africa Thu Sep 26 2013, 04:44:00

African brothers @ Accra Airport circa 1976 (Photo: S.K. Pobee) My hope with this essay is to generate interest for the pictures of SK Pobee and to find people that might be interested in exposing them in galleries. If you're interested in exhibiting these photographs, please contact me at info@analogafrica.com.

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September 25 2013

From This Is Africa Wed Sep 25 2013, 10:33:00

Prostitution has existed in every single civilisation of recorded human history. Regardless of culture, religion, governance and time period, whenever there are services or goods available for barter, there will be those willing to do so for sex. Over-analysing why people choose to pay for sex or how we can end prostitution is futile and subject to different beliefs, moral compasses and opinions. Moral-crusaders, concerned citizens and law-enforcement institutions can try and put an end to prostitution all they want, but it hasn't worked in the past and is unlikely to do so in the future.

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September 24 2013

From This Is Africa Tue Sep 24 2013, 10:40:00

The 30-year-old South African artist Reshma Chhiba 's vagina installation at disused apartheid-era women's jail on Constitution Hill in Johannesburg has had a mixed reception since its unveiling in August. Upon entry through the thick, black acrylic wool opening - to mimic pubic hair - visitors are greeted by screams and laughter, which emit from the red velvet padded womb. "It's a screaming vagina within a space that once contained women and stifled women," Reshma Chhiba explains. "It's revolting against this space... mocking this space, by laughing at it."

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From This Is Africa Tue Sep 24 2013, 06:31:00

Film still from "Of Good Report" It has often been said that one of the roles of the artist in society is to challenge societal norms and shake complacency around for signs of life. It's a necessary but uncomfortable process for most of us. In South Africa, freedom of speech is one such concept that needs to be tested every once in a while owing to its fluidity, subjectivity and potential to contradict the very democracy it seeks to uphold.

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September 23 2013

From This Is Africa Mon Sep 23 2013, 09:31:00

She walks, clad in a traditional French-maid uniform, pushing a vintage pram along the Jacaranda tree-lined pavement. She reaches the local park and enters through the rusted gate. Her friends are here, sitting on the lush green grass, their backs leaning against a wooden bench. The bench is inscribed with the all too familiar phrase, 'Net Blinkes'. She sits down leaning her own back against this 'Whites Only' bench, their chatter reaching the heights of the tallest leaves on the very tallest trees. She reaches into the pram, moves the blanket away and picks up a baby, a pale white baby with a mop of blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. Her friends have similarly pale babies positioned on their laps and protectively craned in their arms. This is apartheid South Africa and these are 'African ...

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From This Is Africa Mon Sep 23 2013, 08:42:00

Kwadwo Ani "The Black Stars of Ghana - Art District" is a weekly video interview series that aims to let viewers experience the depth, vibrancy, beauty, vision and diversity of contemporary art produced on the African continent.

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From This Is Africa Mon Sep 23 2013, 06:32:00

President Kenyatta (R) and Vice President Ruto (L) of Kenya As the never-ending drama of the anti-ICC ruckus in the country and continent has rolled on, I have often found myself wondering why the African Union (AU) has not come out in strong support of access to justice for the victims.

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September 19 2013

From This Is Africa Thu Sep 19 2013, 14:01:00

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensoud a Witnesses who withdrew from the ongoing ICC cases against Kenyatta, Ruto and Sang claim they were forced to withdraw because the witness protection system does not work effectively, and that they had been exposed to risks while living in foreign countries.

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From This Is Africa Thu Sep 19 2013, 10:11:00

A women comes out of a temporary shelter in an IDP camp. Kenya. 08/08/2010 (Source: Demotix: The Network for Freelance Photojournalists ) The Ruto and Sang trials at the ICC have just started. But victims of the post-election violence are already pondering what the end of the cases may bring.

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From This Is Africa Thu Sep 19 2013, 08:56:00

The testimony of the first witness at the International Criminal Court drew mixed reactions in Kenya. Some question the authenticity of her evidence, while others wonder if she is merely relying on hearsay.

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