As a UC alum, today is a sad day; Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, has been appointed the new president of the University of California system. This is appalling. Twitter agrees. Here are the best responses I've seen so far: Appointing Napolitano as president is basically just admitting that the UC is a military-industrial … Continue reading Twitter reacts to to Napolitano’s appointment as new UC President
#Senegalese creative twitters launch hash tag #obamatakh (wolof word for all this because of Obama) to voice their views on #Obama's visit — Khaita Sylla (@KhaitaSylla) June 25, 2013 Mbaye Ndiaye -Obama visit will cause losses of several million dollars esp to the informal sector who will take months to recover #obamatakh — Abdul Tejan-Cole … Continue reading #Obama in #Senegal and #SA: As Seen Through Twitter [#obamatakh]
The Obamas will soon be on their $60mil tour de afrique which means the US media might actually take a rare pause to talk about Africa in ways that won’t necessarily entail war, famine and AIDS. While we can’t expect the major news outlets to let go of the American insistence that Africa is a … Continue reading Obama in Africa: Talking Points?
“It was not an educational system designed to give young people confidence and pride as members of African societies, but one which sought to instill a sense of deference towards all that was European and capitalist….. the racism and cultural boastfulness harbored by capitalism were also included in the package of colonial education. Colonial schooling … Continue reading Education as Underdevelopment
"It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticize the working of institutions which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticize them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one … Continue reading Spending the day with Foucault
“Gender” by Jamie Heckert. The Lexicon series aims to convert words into politically helpful tools—for those already engaged in a politics from below as well as the newly approaching—by offering definitional understandings of commonly used keywords. Gender is a system of categorizing ourselves and each other (including bodies, desires, and behaviors) running through every aspect … Continue reading “Gender” by Jamie Heckert
The mode of being of the new intellectual can no longer consist in eloquence, which is an exterior and momentary mover of feelings and passions, but in active participation in practical life, as constructor, organizer, "permanent persuader" and not just a simple orator. Antonio Gramsci