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Ama Biney: Frantz Fanon’s Enduring Relevance

Ama Biney: Frantz Fanon’s Enduring Relevance

By Ama Biney Fifty years since the untimely death on 6 December 1961 of Frantz Fanon, he continues to have immense relevance in our times. His writings were focused on the dialectics of the colonised and the coloniser during the era of the 1960s. Whilst that era has passed, new forms of colonialism between Africa and the former colonial powers, or Africa and the developed world, now manifest in the 21st century. Fanon had a clear grasp … Read entire article »

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Dyab Abou Jahjah: On the Arab Revolution – Between the Historical Leap and Laments for an Extinct Past

Dyab Abou Jahjah: On the Arab Revolution – Between the Historical Leap and Laments for an Extinct Past

By Dyab Abou Jahjah Dyab Abou Jahjah argues that it is only through new paradigms and ideas, rather than discredited notions and stale clichés, that we can fully understand the Arab Revolution. Revolution is not a process of overthrowing a regime and replacing its administrative tools with others. That is a small part of the revolutionary process but it does not define it. Revolution is, above all, about replacing a set of concepts and values with new ones. Whereas … Read entire article »

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Said Khatibi: Algerian Filmmaker Merzak Allouache Struggles with Censorship After Long Career

Said Khatibi: Algerian Filmmaker Merzak Allouache Struggles with Censorship After Long Career

By Said Khatibi Critically acclaimed Algerian director Merzak Allouache tasted success early in his career, but when he tried confronting controversial subjects in his country he was censored. Merzak Allouache’s movies are groundbreaking inside and outside of Algeria. He has become known as the voice of the people and a politically engaging film director. He knows how to ride the waves of criticism and win the affection of his audience. Allouache’s life has been rich with success … Read entire article »

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Imad Mesdoua: North African Dispatches (Arab) Woman’s Hour?

Imad Mesdoua: North African Dispatches (Arab) Woman’s Hour?

By Imad Mesdoua The Arab Spring represents a remarkable opportunity for Arab women to take back their rightful place in their own societies as equals. Though in essence most of the uprisings have not had any particularly female-oriented agenda underlying them, women should use this opportunity to challenge the status-quo and bring forward the idea that their emancipation is an essential factor behind any society’s development and well-being. The MENA region’s economy, society and politics continue to … Read entire article »

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Gaston Gordillo: The Corpse of The Sovereign

Gaston Gordillo: The Corpse of The Sovereign

By Gaston Gordillo The global circulation of the images of Gaddafi’s corpse and the long lines of people eager to see it in person reveal, rather than a generic fascination with gore, that this cadaver embodied a state that had been destroyed. The power of Gaddafi’s corpse to affect millions reveals that the state itself is a bio-political assemblage. A man who saw the corpse on display articulated how he was affected by it. “Before, when we … Read entire article »

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Horace Campbell: Somalia – Global War On Terror And The Humanitarian Crisis

Horace Campbell: Somalia – Global War On Terror And The Humanitarian Crisis

By Horace Campbell The US government’s counterterrorism activities and ‘humanitarian’ assistance in Somalia and the Horn of Africa go a long way towards explaining the region’s entrenched problems, writes Horace Campbell. In Somalia, half of the population is at risk of famine. This famine endangers the lives of over 11 million people in the Horn of Africa. The scale of this crisis makes one raise questions. What is famine today? How is it possible to have famine … Read entire article »

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Horace Campbell: Magnus Malan And Crimes Against Humanity In Africa

Horace Campbell: Magnus Malan And Crimes Against Humanity In Africa

By Horace Campbell General Magnus Malan, the chief architect of the total onslaught of the apartheid military, passed away on 18 July 2011. This total onslaught strategy was the idea that South Africa was threatened by a communist conspiracy and that the South African apartheid state must respond with economic, political, ideological, psychological and military tools to defend capitalism and white supremacy. Malan was minister of defence for 11 years (1980–1991), and it was under his … Read entire article »

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A Meeting Of Two Revolutions – Nasserists Commemorate Egypt’s 1952 Revolution In Tahrir

A Meeting Of Two Revolutions – Nasserists Commemorate Egypt’s 1952 Revolution In Tahrir

Source: Ahram (video) Nasserists mark the anniversary of Egypt’s 1952 revolution with a rally in Tahrir Amid ongoing protests in Egypt since the January 25th revolution, Nasserists commemorate the 23 July anniversary of the 1952 revolution which brought their hero Gamal Abdel Nasser to power. Video by Simon Hanna   … Read entire article »

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Seun Kuti Interview

Seun Kuti Interview

(video) The youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Seun Kuti is carrying the torch of his father by continuing to make politically charged music about the state of Africa. Featuring an exclusive interview with Seun, who covers his views on African government, the role of his music, and his recent collaborations with Brian Eno and John Reynolds. For more info, check out myspace.com/​seunkuti Visit us @ waxpoetics.com/​tv   … Read entire article »

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Mahmood Mamdani: Short Cuts

Mahmood Mamdani: Short Cuts

By Mahmood Mamdani: The events identified with Tahrir Square have resonated in sub-Saharan Africa, and suggested a new way of doing politics: politics without recourse to arms. This has bewildered officialdom and sometimes sent a chill running down its spine. Uganda is a good example: Tahrir Square has enabled us to understand a new form of protest we call ‘walk to work’. The immediate background to the walk to work campaign was the government’s refusal to allow … Read entire article »

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Samir Amin: 2011 An Arab Springtime?

Samir Amin: 2011 An Arab Springtime?

By Samir Amin: The year 2011 began with a series of shattering, wrathful, explosions from the Arab peoples. Is this springtime the inception of a second “awakening of the Arab world?” Or will these revolts bog down and finally prove abortive—as was the case with the first episode of that awakening, which was evoked in my book L’éveil du Sud (Paris: Le temps des cerises, 2008). If the first hypothesis is confirmed, the forward movement of the … Read entire article »

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Ahmed Kanna: The Arab World’s Forgotten Rebellions – Foreign Workers and Biopolitics in the Gulf

Ahmed Kanna: The Arab World’s Forgotten Rebellions – Foreign Workers and Biopolitics in the Gulf

By Ahmed Kanna: The Arab world is undergoing a potentially world-historical transformation. The Tunisian street vendor Muhammad Bouazizi’s self-imolation, following mistreatment by state authorities in late 2010, sparked a deluge of populist anger and activism that has toppled the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, respectively, soon to be followed by street demonstrations and battles across the region.  At the time of this writing, Libyan rebels in alliance with a NATO coalition are battling … Read entire article »

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Lara Dotson-Renta: Hip Hop & Diaspora – Connecting the Arab Spring

Lara Dotson-Renta: Hip Hop & Diaspora – Connecting the Arab Spring

By Lara Dotson-Renta: Since the self-immolation of Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi in December 2010 unleashed the pro-democracy movements now popularly known as the “Arab Spring”, the clamor for change and opportunity has continued to sweep through the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. Citizen journalism has allowed for a near-constant stream of images of bloody uprisings from Libya to Syria, as people throughout the Arab world seek to redefine their relationships to the state apparatus and their … Read entire article »

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Horace Campbell: Beyond The Privatization Of Liberation

Horace Campbell: Beyond The Privatization Of Liberation

By Horace Campbell: South Africa is a society where the actions of political leaders in the state machinery are threatening to reverse of the popular struggles for liberation. Seventeen years ago, the formal shackles of apartheid were rattled. But the structural basis of apartheid was never dismantled. When Nelson Mandela became the head of state in 1994 there had been euphoria all over Africa, indeed all over the world, that a new road toward a non-racial … Read entire article »

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Austin Mackell: The IMF Versus The Arab Spring

Austin Mackell: The IMF Versus The Arab Spring

By Austin Mackell: In the midst of the media storm surrounding IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn last week, my feelings were perfectly expressed in a tweet by Paul Kingsnorth: “Could someone please arrest the head of the IMF for screwing the poor for 60 years?” Without diminishing the seriousness of the sexual allegations against Strauss-Kahn, the role of the IMF, over past decades and at present, is a far bigger story. Of particular importance is its role at this crucial … Read entire article »

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Round Table on the Meaning of Maghreb with Slavoj Žižek, Samir Amin, Mamdouh Habashi, and Zygmunt Bauman

Round Table on the Meaning of Maghreb with Slavoj Žižek, Samir Amin, Mamdouh Habashi, and Zygmunt Bauman

“The meaning of Maghreb?” Selections from the round table of the international conference “Decolonization – new emancipatory struggles” Participants: Slavoj Žižek, Mamdouh Habashi, Samir Amin, David Harvey, Zygmunt Bauman Moderator: Srećko Horvat Part 3 (video)   Part 4 (video)   Part 6 (video)   Part 7 (video) All selections found online. Source: Subversive Film Festival (5/25/2011) … Read entire article »

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S. & Its Allies Will Do Anything To Prevent Democracy In The Arab World

Noam Chomsky: The U.S. & Its Allies Will Do Anything To Prevent Democracy In The Arab World

By Noam Chomsky: Speaking at the 25th anniversary of celebration of the national media watch group, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, world-renowned political dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky analyzes the U.S. response to the popular uprisings sweeping the Middle East and North Africa. Transcription below video… (video)   NOAM CHOMSKY: The U.S. and its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab world. The reason is very simple. Across the region, an overwhelming majority of … Read entire article »

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