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Poverty is Older than Opulence

Maverick Serbian filmmaker, Emir Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies; Underground), talks with Diego Maradona, the best player EVER and the subject of Kusturica’s documentary-in-progress, about Bush Jr, Castro, John Paul II and the poor of Argentina. Diego Maradona is the man who exploded the shame of the entire world in June 1986, in an historic […]

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New Trade Routes: Soccer Cities

We make our own maps tracing the new trade routes for the export of young males bodies to the football industrial complex.   This map first appeared in The Chronic: New Cartographies (March 2015). In this edition of the Chronic, we ask: what if maps were made by Africans for their own use, to understand and make visible […]

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Zinedine Zidane and and the event of the secret

Grant Farred produces a Derridean reading of Zidane’s world-stopping head butt.   When speaking of a voyou, one is calling to order; one has begun to denounce a suspect, to announce an interpellation, indeed an arrest, a convocation, a summons, a bringing in for questioning: the voyou must appear before the law.” – Jacques Derrida, […]

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To Defend and to Question

Zinedine Zidane has described him as “the greatest footballer of all” and he holds the record as the most capped player in the history of the France national team with 142 appearances between 1994 and 2008… But Lilian Thuram is also an outspoken political commentator, an activist and an intellectual. Achille Mbembe spoke to him in […]

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A master of bling with feline style

Writing just after the 2011 Africa Cup of Nations,  Achille Mbembe* looks at what makes Samuel Eto’o so lethal He is not yet 25 years old, but he is already one of the finest attackers in the world. His football culture is a mix of raw, unfettered talent (the kind that comes along once every […]

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