Strangers Never Again | Chapter 1
Josh catches us up on the last 10 years of his romantic life. Unfortunately, he hasn't made the type of progress he thought he would've made by his 30s, but that's normal, right?
Handwringing Over Whiteness Lets Capitalists Off the Hook — Adolph Reed & Walter Benn Michaels
Adolph Reed and Walter Benn Michaels address the longstanding contention that white workers are too committed to their white identity to fight for universal public goods.
WEEKEND READER: Pelosi’s Secret Student Loan Memo
The house speaker nixed forgiving student loans after getting a key missive from billionaire donors.
The name of this site is meant to be ironic, though a few on Twitter still take it literally and remind us that Africa is not a country. Similarly, the title of this annual post is meant to be tongue in cheek. It marks our annual month long publishing break that we take every August.
What Nina Turner's Defeat Means for the Left
Ana Kasparian and Nando Vila discuss how Nina Turner won black working-class precincts—despite losing her primary election overall—and what the left can learn from her run for office.
YOU LOVE TO SEE IT: Power Concedes To A Big Demand
Also: Amazon unionization efforts are building, while student loan debtors score a reprieve.
Incrementalism For All Who Can Survive It
As massive catastrophes unfold, politicians, pundits, and voters are responding with demands for compromise and incrementalism.
A Peek Into the Mysterious World of Chinese Diplomacy
Chinese diplomats around the world are comprised of a mix of reclusive bureaucrats who strenuously avoid public engagement and a new generation of assertive, sometimes even downright aggressive so-called "Wolf Warriors" who wage combat with Beijing's critics. A new book by Bloomberg journalist Peter Martin, "China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy," provides some fascinating insights on the people and principles that have shaped Chinese diplomacy since the 1950s.
The African King Who Defeated The Portuguese & Returned Thousands of Slaves From Brazil
Pan African, Latino
Ending The Prison-To-Deportation Pipeline
California funnels thousands of prisoners to immigration authorities each year — but a groundbreaking new bill aims to change that.
China to Kenya: It's Payback Time
Kenya's National Treasury has resumed debt repayments to China after a 6-month debt deferral period expired in June. The Kenyan government had hoped to be able to extend that through the end of the year but Chinese creditors, namely the China Exim Bank, did not like that idea at all. Apparently, things got so bad that Chinese creditors halted disbursements for projects that are underway right now in Kenya.... bringing construction to a halt in some cases.
Pan African, Pan Asian
MIDDAY POSTER: Koch Groups Go After New Eviction Moratorium
Billionaire Charles Koch is buying up real estate — so the nonprofits he bankrolls are pushing to evict people right now.
Christianity and new queer African imaginations
Ghana is currently causing global headlines for a new anti-gay bill that proposes “up to 10 years in jail for LGBTQ+ people as well as groups and individuals who advocate for their rights.” Dubbed “the worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever,” the bill has been claimed to potentially “destroy lives,” which may not be an exaggeration given the incidents that have occurred in other countries, such as Uganda and Nigeria, that have previously passed similar legislation.
Pan African, LGBTQ
Medical crowdfunding has become essential in India, but it’s leaving many behind
While Ketto and Milaap have helped thousands, minorities find themselves ineligible, or targets of abuse.
No two elephants are alike
Debates about the July 2021 unrest in South Africa reminded me of the parable of the blind men and the elephant.
There are elites and there are masses. The unrest was orchestrated by elites assembled around former president Jacob Zuma, or the masses spontaneously seized the initiative and gave it progressive potential. It was an insurrection or a food riot, a criminal plot or a popular revolt, an assault on constitutional democracy or possibly a democratizing drive.
Pan African, Latino
Sound Sultan’s political music
Sound Sultan—the stage name for the legendary Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi of Naija Ninja (how his brand and label was known)—has saturated social media since July 11th when he succumbed to death at the age of 44. He was vastly talented and his passion for arts encompassed other mediums such as acting, comedy, songwriting and playing guitar, among others. He had performed widely and won awards for his songs that enriched people’s minds and created a space for them to ponder critically on societal happenings and events, especially in Nigeria.
3 minutes with Andrés Barreto
Managing director, Techstars Boulder Accelerator program, Colombia/U.S. 🇨🇴🇺🇸
Training self-driving cars for $1 an hour
To master the roads, autonomous vehicles need lots of data. Workers everywhere from Kenya to Venezuela are providing it.
Pan African, Latino
Dems Scored Real Estate Cash Before Letting Eviction Ban Expire
Democrats received a million dollars from a real estate mogul just before failing in their “relentless campaign” to extend a lifeline to struggling renters.
How social media became a deadly trap for a minority group in Pakistan
If you're one of four million Ahmadis in Pakistan, posting on Facebook can mean exposing yourself to danger.
Islam, Pan Asian
It’s never just about the music
In South Africa, it’s never just about the music. And doubly so where South African jazz is concerned. There is also meaning, context, history, and politics to contend with, and here South Africa’s jazz is a synecdoche, out of which tumbles the broad swathe of a history of turbulence, trouble, defiance, and hope.
Biden Is Ignoring An Easy Climate Victory
The president could facilitate one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel divestments — so of course he is dragging his feet.
The exilic geographies of the South
Dugmore Boetie was part of a wave of South African writers who fled Apartheid. His exile and future literary notoriety, however, took a different path to some of the more classic refugee peregrinations.
Wolf in shepherd’s clothing
Kenya’s elites, including the church, use ponzi schemes for predatory accumulation and Kenyans will continue to see their dreams deferred if the law doesn't change.
Freedom and the struggle for dignity in South Africa
Within a context of spiraling poverty and inequality in South Africa, the lessons of uprisings in the 1980s are well worth revisiting. For millions of people, their socioeconomic demands remain unfulfilled.
How Biden Reacts to Cuban Protests
Protests happen in countries across the world but the U.S. doesn’t see them all the same. In Colombia, dozens were killed compared to only one death in Cuba, yet Biden is sending $100s of millions to Colombian security forces while punishing Cuba with sanctions.
Pan African, Latino
A terrifying vision of South Africa’s future
If South Africa’s Left can’t find a way to channel popular discontentment into the building of mass progressive movements, it will instead morph into anarchy, nativism and, inevitably, authoritarianism.
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South Africa’s fatigued and narcissistic nation-building discourse
Springbok rugby projects itself as progress, but preserves the way things are in the popular consciousness of South Africans.
Appeasing disgruntled critics
Israel’s success in getting observer status at the African Union is also a sign of the growing lack of interest among African leaders in the Palestinian issue altogether.
China's Role in Re-Energizing the South Sudan Peace Process
South Sudan marked its tenth anniversary this month as an independent country. Regrettably, though, after a decade of civil war and divided government that has left at least 400,000 people dead and displaced a third of the population, there isn't much to celebrate. With the peace process now largely stalled, a lot of people are now looking to Beijing to see what China can do to get the rival parties back to the table to bring about an end to the fighting.
Pan African, Pan Asian
Who will start another fire?
An interview with Kate Gondwe, Founder and President of Dedza Films, on a groundbreaking distribution initiative committed to supporting the next wave of emerging filmmakers and communities.
Nighttime in Nairobi
As a child, one of my favorite Soukous songs was “Nairobi Night” by the Soukous Stars. I knew little about nightlife, only from parties my parents threw in their basement, but seeing the title, perhaps I imagined what a Nairobi night might feel like thousands of miles away. So it is in the spirit of that imagining that I present the next episode of Africa Is a Country Radio, where we continue our look at club culture across the African continent, and take a visit to Nairobi.
Postfeminism is only for wealthy Nigerian women
Simidele Dosekun’s new book, Fashioning Postfeminism: Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture, is about young, class-privileged women in Lagos who wear—to a spectacular degree and in spectacular combination—weaves and wigs, false eyelashes and false nails, heavy and flawless makeup, and the highest of heels. This “spectacularly feminine style,” as she calls it, has been growing in visibility and popularity in Nigeria.
Pan African, Women
Strangers Never Again - Official Trailer
Wong Fu Productions returns to their 2011 short film “Strangers, again” to explore how much can change in our views of love after 10 years.
What is whiteness in North Africa?
What happens when we take the study of whiteness from settler colonial contexts into the postcolony?
What is Black Conservatism in South Africa
The last time South Africans had serious intellectual discussions about black conservatism was in the late