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Arab Revolt Blog #1: Notes on Rentier States and the Stalled Libyan Revolt

In Revolt, The Politics of Politics, we shall be the prey and the vulture on June 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

L.S., Mute Magazine

After the awesome momentum and massification of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, toppling their autocrats with surprising speed, the Libyan revolt stalled in the East following a key, hard won victory in Benghazi, the country’s second city. Read the rest of this entry »


Thinking Africa, rethinking everything

In The Academy on June 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm
by Nigel Gibson, Thinking Africa Newsletter No. 2, 2011

The fact is that everything needs to be reformed and everything thought out anew.
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Has it paradoxically become more difficult to be an oppositional critical humanist in the post-apartheid academy? I ask because during the 1980s some quite amazing intellectual spaces opened up in the universities, often related in one way to the social movements, the trade union movements and so on, in the struggles against apartheid. Read the rest of this entry »

South Africa: Where is the Freedom Charter?

In The Politics of Politics on June 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Lindela Figlan, Pambazuka

Before the government can use its muscle to pass the Protection of Information Bill, let me ask a question. It is a very good question and all those who are unhappy have got this question in their mind. Where is the Freedom Charter? Read the rest of this entry »

2011: An Arab Springtime?

In Revolt, The Politics of Politics on June 11, 2011 at 7:55 am

Samir Amin, Monthly Review

The year 2011 began with a series of shattering, wrathful, explosions from the Arab peoples. Is this springtime the inception of a second “awakening of the Arab world?” Or will these revolts bog down and finally prove abortive—as was the case with the first episode of that awakening, which was evoked in my book L’éveil du Sud (Paris: Le temps des cerises, 2008). Read the rest of this entry »

The Tunisian Revolution did not come out of nowhere

In Moments of Grace, Revolt on June 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

Interview with Sadri Khiari by Béatrice Hibou, The Decolonial Translation Group

Sadri Khiari, a Tunisian activist exiled in France since early 2003, is one of the founding members of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) of which he is currently one of its principal leaders. He has published, among others, Pour une politique de la racaille. Immigré-e-s, indigènes et jeunes de banlieue (Éditions Textuel, Paris, 2006)and La contre-révolution coloniale en France: de de Gaulle à Sarkozy Read the rest of this entry »