Brexit: A Nail in the Coffin of Neo-colonialism in Africa

Brexit: A Nail in the Coffin of Neo-colonialism in Africa

Much of the discourse and debate around the UK referendum to leave the European Union, a move known as Brexit, seems centered solely on its impact on Britain, Western Europe as a whole, and the U.S.. But Foreign Policy Magazine (FP) warns us, “Brexit Is Bad News for...
Film and Discussion: Concerning Violence

Film and Discussion: Concerning Violence

The All-African Student Union of Northern Virginia Community College presents a Black History Month film and discussion of Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from The Anti-imperialistic Self-defense. Concerning Violence is based on the essay by Frantz Fanon in his 1961...
Economic Crisis, War & Racism

Economic Crisis, War & Racism

The current human rights framework that emerged from the ashes of the Second World War is now suffering a crisis of legitimacy. It’s questionable legal relevance and ability to constrain the behavior of states, especially Western states, has called into question...
Payback for Colonial Sins

Payback for Colonial Sins

The British government’s offer of monetary compensation of £20 million to over 5,000 living Kenyan survivors of systematic torture during the Mau Mau anti-colonial revolt is a historic reckoning with an ugly past. Instead of bringing the sordid chapter of crimes...
Theater: The Convert

Theater: The Convert

OBIE Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira (Eclipsed, In The Continuum) returns to Woolly with her rich, unflinching, and compassionate new play. Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, The Convert follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village...
America vs China in Africa

America vs China in Africa

China’s imminent replacement of the West as the dominant international economic and political force in Africa epitomizes the most dramatic shift in geopolitics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Yet the United States and Europe, Africa’s traditional...
Author Event: The African American Odyssey of John Kizell

Author Event: The African American Odyssey of John Kizell

The Institute for Policy Studies’ Foreign Policy in Focus project, TransAfrica Forum and Teaching for Change present a book signing and discussion of The African American Odyssey of John Kizell, by Kevin Lowther. In this biography, Lowther discusses African...

Genuine Partnership or a Marriage of Convenience?

From most indications, India and China, two leading emerging economies in the world, are competing with each other, as well as Africa’s traditional western trading partners, to build a stronger relationship with Africa. Both Asian giants have contributed to the...

Development Aid: Enemy of Emancipation

In attendance at Dakar’s World Social Forum (WSF), the Kenyan scholar Firoze Manji gives us his thoughts on the renaissance of popular movements in Africa. The editor of Pambazuka News, he is very critical of the ‘aid industry’, an industry which...
Monroe Doctrine 2.0

Monroe Doctrine 2.0

Still in charge, With naught to fear; We control Our hemisphere. James Monroe was our first president to formalize U.S. intentions toward Latin America. Two centuries ago, he told the European powers to stay out of our yard. The Monroe Doctrine was pretty cheeky stuff...
Avatar’s History Lesson

Avatar’s History Lesson

This article was originally published in Common Dreams. Like Barack Obama, Avatar has become a Rorschach test for the times in which we live. Everyone interprets it their own way. Nominated for nine Oscars, it’s already the highest-grossing film of all...

Fighting Like Hell in Haiti

The pioneering labor organizer Mother Jones said, “Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.” That pretty much sums up Haiti’s priorities today. The nation called the “pearl of the Antilles,” back when it was the wealthiest...
Richard Wright on Black Power

Richard Wright on Black Power

In 1954, acclaimed novelist and thinker Richard Wright published Black Power about his visit to the Gold Coast (later Ghana) and his observations concerning the rise of the Pan-African movement. On the 100th anniversary of Wright’s birth, the American University...