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Sharpville: The Death of Jacob Dlamini by Jacob Dlamini

Posted 15 April 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

Article Brief The other Sharpeville and the making of South African pasts Jacob Dlamini was among 50 people, four of them town councillors, killed around the Vaal Triangle townships of Sharpeville, Sebokeng, Boipatong and Bophelong that bitter Spring day on September 3, 1984. The police were responsible for killing many of the dead but some, […]

Black Smoke Rising – a video trilogy by Bernie Searle

Posted 10 April 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

The front page image of The Chimurenga Chronic features stills from “Gateway,” a video-work by Bernie Searle. Bernie Seale’s Gateway is part of her Black Smoke Rising trilogy (2009-2010) – a series shown consecutively as single-screen projections. Capturing ‘the air of discontent’ enveloping the poor in South Africa, these works challenges perceptions of reality, constructions […]

People With No Stake (Sans-Parts)

Posted 31 March 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

Growing out of the brutal economic constraints, the cycle of extraction and predation and the large-scale social disintegration that characterises the ‘necropolis’, come a body of people described by Achille Mbembe as the ‘people with no stake’ (les sans-part); a vast mass of ‘superfluous beings’ that the state and the market itself have no use […]

News from New York

Posted 09 March 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

“5/11/08 Fifty-five years after Galileo saw the moons of Jupiter, Cassini observed the Great Red Spot. They say it’s a vast anticyclone, perhaps four hundred years old and twice the diameter of the earth. It rotates every giant gaseous fourteen days, roughly six of ours. Pinwheel, by Jove. Some mystics hold that the Creator, a […]

The Scandal by Suren Pillay

Posted 10 February 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

Writer’s Brief When the picture of the killing of Ernesto Nhamuave during the “xenophobic violence” of May 2008 ran in the daily South African papers, it caused what we might describe as a “scandal” – a disjuncture in how we imagine ‘the nation’, and ruptured certain conceptions of it. In the aftermath, the media and civil […]

One or the Other

Posted 09 February 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

Clashes between Islamist pastoralists and Christian villagers in March 2008 again thrust “religious violence” in Nigeria into the spotlight. The international media, for the most part depict Nigeria’s two major religions, Islam and Christianity, as divided, monolithic entities that confront each other in violent pitched battles – but there is also another subtler, more complex […]

Where in the World will Ali Go? by Akin Akintayo

Posted 08 February 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

Article Brief Diplomatic Immunity Denied Career diplomats all have postings they dream of – and one would have thought that South Africa with it’s façade of first world infrastructure will be a favourite posting, at least on the continent. This is apparently not the case. In 2008, a Nigerian diplomat tried to resist posting to […]

South Africa’s Crude Imperialism

Posted 08 February 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin', trade routes | No Comments

One of the most immediate causes of the economic crisis that gripped the globe in 2008 was the high price of crude. Crude prices reached 147 dollars per barrel by October 2008. As of May 2008, the prices had passed the magical 100 dollars a barrel. South Africa produces less than 5,000 BOPD of crude […]

Expulsion Orders Redux

Posted 08 February 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

In early 1985 the Buhari government ordered “illegal immigrants” living in Nigeria, most of them Ghanaians numbering hundreds of thousands, to leave the country. That expulsion order gave them till May 10, 1985 to leave. Exactly 23 years after the expiration of that Buhari expulsion order, we reengage the space. Speaking from the point of […]

The End of Elections

Posted 01 February 2011 | By | Categories: burnin' and-a lootin' | No Comments

The impasse in Cote d’Ivoire; the failed power-sharing governments in Zimbabwe and Kenya; the gulf between the political ideology enshrined in the South African constitution and the opinion of the man in the street; the rise of the right-wing in Europe; Obama’s dreams deferred*… The idea of elections as the ultimate democratic device is in […]

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