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Tag: Africa

An interview with S’bu Zikode, leader of the shack dwellers’ movement, thirty years after apartheid’s end.

Richard Pithouse, S’bu Zikode

Long decried by liberals and conservatives alike, the Martinican psychiatrist remains one of the most piercing critics of colonialism.

Sam Klug

Bertrand Tavernier’s daring documentary about the Algerian revolution sought to break the silence in France.

Jonathan Kirshner

Decades after apartheid South Africa, student activists face a new obstacle: the financialization of university endowments.

Kian Braulik

Forty years ago, the exiled South African activist dared to teach Zionism critically. A furious backlash ensued.

Abena Ampofoa Asare

The late South African intellectual and activist—imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela—fought for a world without race and class.

Salim Vally, Enver Motala

In place of public-private partnerships, we should revive the Pan-African ambitions of the green developmental state.

Ndongo Samba Sylla, Daniela Gabor

When Desmond Tutu reconciled African theology and Black theology.

Cornel West, Panashe Chigumadzi
An anthropologist reflects on West African divination as a case study in hope during times of great uncertainty.
Michael Jackson

East African countries host seven times more refugees than we do. Their policies look beyond their borders; so should ours.

Alexander Betts
A civil war in the northern region of Tigray broke out in November. Denial within the international community has prevented much-needed humanitarian aid.
Alex de Waal
A recent report neglects to mention how France forced Arab Jews to adopt the European persona of Jew as citizen and see Arabs and Muslims as others.
Ariella Aïsha Azoulay

To ask why COVID-19 hasn’t been deadlier in Africa is to suggest that more Africans should be dying. We need better questions.

Nanjala Nyabola

Working people are forever kept on the brink of going broke. More than higher wages and better job security, a just economy requires giving them the power to choose and create their own futures.

Kevin P. Donovan
Some gender equality initiatives help to reinforce exclusion rather than dismantle it.
Milli Lake, Marie E. Berry
As we know from South Africa's crisis, political and social fault lines will shape the contours of joblessness.
Nicholas Rush Smith

Kenya's poor were among the first to benefit from digital lending apps; now they call it slavery.

Emma Park, Kevin P. Donovan

The movie, unique for its Black star power, depends on a shocking devaluation of Black American men.

Christopher Lebron

On the enduring legacy of a dictatorial ruler.

Naseemah Mohamed

Citizens of African countries are expected to accede to a lower political standard than real democracy. Not only does this perpetuate the old colonial imagination, it is also fundamentally wrong.

Aziz Rana

Elections are now used to legitimate authoritarian regimes, not herald liberal democracy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Kenya.

Aziz Rana

The country needs a political rebirth.

Mahmood Mamdani

The West likes morality plays with clear heroes and villains, in which we play the role of savior.

Alex de Waal

Student protests and the deepening crisis of the post-apartheid order

Ayanda Manqoyi, Vito Laterza

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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