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POLITRICKS IN THE STADIUM

Melanie Boehi discusses how, for politicians, sports tournaments such as the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup in 2010 serve as magical image-production machines and informal meeting space, where work is disguised as play and play disguised as work. Hosni Mubarak was among the first to congratulate Egypt’s national team upon its […]

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SOMEWHERE NEAR THE BEGINNING OF THE MATCH

By Abdourahman A. Waberi* (translated by Carolyn Shread). A small coastal town on the southern shore of the Red Sea, one market evening. There’s a crowd in the main square, deep in darkness, in this market town that lives by the rhythm of night tides and moonlight. The monsoon is at the city gates, herding its […]

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A Black Writer Must Write About Sex

By Danny Laferiere America owes an enormous amount to Third World youth. I’m just not talking about historical debt (slavery, the rape of natural resources, the balance of payments, etc); there’s sexual debt too. Everything we’ve been promised by magazines, posters, the movies, television. America is a happy hunting ground, that’s what gets beaten into our […]

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Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard

A Story About Cape Town’s Tanzanian Stowaways By Sean Christie Images by David Southwood 15 July 2011 Cape Town city gardener Karabo Moshoeshoe’s orders were that the grass embankments around the intersection of Oswald Pirow Street and Hertzog Boulevard were to be cut again, though the routine trim wasn’t supposed to happen for another week. All […]

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Reluctantly Loud

Interventions in the History of a Land Occupation By Koni Benson and Faeza Me In memory of Domitila Barrios de Chungara, who died in 2012 before we could compare notes on intervening in history.[1] “This is the truth, we would go home if we could, we don’t know where home is. I have spoken to Council, […]

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