Africa is a Country

Africa is a Country


Criticism, analysis and new writing. On the Left. Founded and edited by @_SeanJacobs. Insta and FB: @africasacountry. Published by @jacobinmag.

120139 followers  •  65 follow  •    •   https://t.co/MjkBWQesEn

Slavery was abolished in the Cape Colony in 1834. It lasted there for 176 years (1658-1834), driving the economy and social and political relations and shaping the future of South Africa though all we talk about these days are indigeneity and authenticity

In the latest episode of Africa Is a Country Radio, @intlblk  plays a mix of Ethiopian tunes and chats with @MukomaWaNgugi  about the Tizita. Listen here:

Watch. Michael Weeder is @DeanofCapeTown 's historic St George's Cathedral. He was also a prominent antiapartheid activist. In this book event, he launches his new book, "The Promise of Memory," a collection of 69 poems. (Blanche la Guma, 94, was present)

Asking for a friend: What is the point of @afriforum  other than to be reactionary?

The latest issue of herri, "... a soundmine of narratives, mythologies, ideologies, statements, ambiguities and ideas just waiting to be excavated." conceived, curated and edited by Aryan Kaganof, published by Stephanus Muller for @AO_Institute .

The people of Honduras have spoken. Congratulations to new President Xiomara Castro. Her husband, Manuel Zelaya, a leftist was deposed in a 2009 coup orchestrated by the country's rightwing pols and supported by the U.S. government.

Loading
Loading

This is the New York Times summary of this blowback for South Africa: "The nation put its sophisticated disease surveillance and research systems to good use, and quickly shared the results with the world, only to have its transparency repaid with damaging travel bans."

On September 11, 1977, Steve Biko was loaded into the back of a police van after he had been arrested, interrogated and beaten by Apartheid police. The next day he was dead. When the white Minister of Justice was asked about it, he said: "It leaves me cold."

tweet picture

Chinua Achebe: " ... I do not believe that black people should invent a great fictitious past in order to justify their human existence and dignity today."

Fourteen men, including a former president, Blaise Compaore, will go on trial in Burkina Faso from Monday over the assassination in 1987 of Thomas Sankara, the country's revolutionary leader and a pan-Africanist icon. (News24)

We congratulate the @nytimes  #IsabelDosSantos  story. That is, we congratulate the NYT for only taking 7 years to catch up with us. Here's our piece from 2013.

Egyptian feminist writer and activist Nawal El Saadawi, 89, has passed away. She was a Marxist and a feminist. She once said that Muslim feminist reformers makes the west feel good and underwrite a "capitalist patriarchal elite class” at the root of women’s oppression in MENA.

tweet picture

The great African filmmaker Sarah Maldoror (born in Guadeloupe), died at 90 years old today of coronavirus. A long while back we wrote about her films and her legacy.

Loading
Loading