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Posted 10 September 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

“Qui a peur du postcolonial?” Postcolonial thought today is seemingly the preserve of British and American academic institutions and of English-speaking intellectuals. Yet much of it was initially inspired by French thinking – from Fanon, Césaire and Senghor; to Glissant and Merleau-Ponty, Sartre and Levinas, as well as Foucault, Derrida, Cixous, Kristeva and even Lacan. […]

African aviation industry

Posted 26 August 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

Who owns Africa’s skies? A view from the air. “I gave my editor a stern and solemn promise that, in return for being allowed back into the pages of the Mail & Guardian, I would tell no more stories about things that happen to me at African airports, or on African airlines. This is in […]

The Land Question

Posted 22 August 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

The history of land in Africa is marked by monumental processes of dispossession and alienation. It bears the imprint of entwined histories of races and nations, of resistance and contest. It provided a foundation for much of the revolutionary thinking of the 60s. In his November 1963 speech Message to the Grass Roots, Malcolm X […]

Who are the tribes

Posted 15 August 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

Is South Africa fighting a tribal war? Tribalism is nothing in new in South Africa. The legendary battles between Xhosa and Zulu’s fills history books. Apartheid reinforced its boundaries and the national government used it politically. Its present in the haunted landscapes of the eastern cape and the music of KZN Natal. It was silenced […]

The international community

Posted 11 August 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

The international community. You have heard it a thousand times. It appears in newspapers and slips off the tongue of TV newsreaders. Its a reoccurent phrase in political discourse. “The international society thinks this … believes that … Is concerned about … Speaks out against… ” In this board focus we explore the international community. […]

PAGAD in International Relations

Posted 09 August 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

Pagad (People Against Gangsterism and Drugs) entered the South African political landscape in dramatic fashion. On the night of the 4th August 1996, Pagad instigated the public execution of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie. Images of Staggie’s burning body were broadcast worldwide. Two years later it was fingered in a spate of bombings in […]

Protected: The ones that didn’t make it

Posted 08 August 2012 | By | Categories: * editorial, * kronik | Enter your password to view comments.

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European Migrants in Africa

Posted 31 July 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

The times they are a-changing. In the wake of the Euro-crisis European Migration to Africa is on the rise. According to NYU’s Development Research Institute, between 2006 and 2009 the number of visas issued for Portuguese entering Angola increased from 156 to 23,000. In 2012, there were nearly 100,000 Portuguese living in Angola, more than […]

Being Available and Reachable – are we fighting more

Posted 31 July 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

Are we fighting more because of technology?  Does connectivity lead to conflict? In his new book Being Available and Reachable – New Media and Cameroonian Transnational Sociality writer Primus M. Tazanu investigates what have become of Cameroonian transnational family and friendship ties in the age of the mobile phone and the internet that make people […]

The Agronomist

Posted 23 July 2012 | By | Categories: * kronik, * stories | No Comments

How can you be a cultivator of the earth with no true land? The figure of the agronomist recently re-entered popular imagination in American director Jonathan Demme’s 2003 documentary starring Jean Dominique. Demme’s The Agronomist follows the life of Dominique, who trained as an agronomist agriculturalist in Paris, France before going on to run Haiti’s […]

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