‘Concerning Violence’: Fanon lives on – Opinion – Al Jazeera English | #OYRchallenge

'Concerning Violence': Fanon lives on - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Concerning Violence is inspired by The Wretched of the Earth, the 1961 book of Martinique-born psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon, excerpts of which serve as the film’s narrative and are read by singer and activist Lauryn Hill.

Among Fanon’s sober assessments is that colonialism “is violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence”. Decolonisation, he writes, “is always a violent phenomenon”. “Decolonisation, which sets out to change the order of the world, is, obviously, a program of complete disorder”.

'Concerning Violence': Fanon lives on - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

The film corroborates these assertions with footage from former European colonial possessions in Africa. Scenes variously depict the subjugation and impoverishment of native populations, juxtaposed with Europeans sun-tanning and playing golf in picturesque African settings in between wantonly extracting resources and imprisoning and torturing people.

For another modern-day example of legitimised violence and self-victimisation by the very purveyors of said violence, it seems appropriate to once again bring up the state of Israel, which shares the ex-Rhodesian resident’s knack for hallucinating himself into a position of unparalleled suffering at the hands of “terrorists”.

via ‘Concerning Violence’: Fanon lives on – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Talk Video | TED.com #OYRchallenge

Chimamanda Adichie codes her novels with respect for a Nigerian culture that as an African American I can only describe as NOT of American Black or White daydreams and NOT of European influence. As entrapped African Americans, we want to know more, hear, see, feel, and smell more throughout her works. It is tasty. We feel at home or we puzzle as to how we can reach that lever that will transform us into what we once were, with all of the positive human imperfections and pensive dramas. The novel, Purple Hibiscus was my first read and her first novel. It still is my favorite audio book for driving through busy cities. Adiche’s second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, erased the flat European images of bloated-bellied brown babies. Their skin ashed and packed with dirt. Their mouths unseemly for feeding. I shudder, at the recall of  “Oh-my-Gods” coming from pink twisted American pouty mouths at Biafran charity events and fundraisers. African Americans leaving slums with sweaty pictures of disgraced Biafran war-type photos headed to the airport with dreams of how they are going to save Africa; hoping behind swelled chests and jaws that Africa would save them. Through her work, they disappeared. I was left with a new history and a new vision of the people that birthed me.

So in love and excitement, I dove into “The Thing Around Your Neck,” Adiche’s collection of short stories and her third book. It sits on my table and never makes it to the cluttered shelf. There is always one more time, one more story to read over and over again.

I haven’t read her third novel as yet, Americanah, because that is an experience I will save for this cold winter when the snow is so deep that all is quiet, except snow plows breaking across my New York street. It is just that serious.


Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

via Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Talk Video | TED.com.

39 dead in Kenya mall attack; hostages still held – Yahoo News

Nairobi Shopping Mall

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Terrified shoppers huddled in back hallways and prayed they would not be found by the Islamic extremist gunmen lobbing grenades and firing assault rifles inside Nairobi’s top mall Saturday. When the coast was thought to be clear, crying mothers clutching small children and blood-splattered men sprinted out of the four-story mall.

At least 39 people were killed and more than 150 wounded in the assault, Kenya’s president announced on national TV, while disclosing that his close family members were among the dead.

Foreigners were among the casualties. France’s president said that two French women were killed, and there were reports of American citizens injured, but the U.S. State Department said it had no further details.

via 39 dead in Kenya mall attack; hostages still held – Yahoo News.

The Sacking of Darien by the 54th Massachusetts Black Infantry on June 11, 1863.


“Eight companies of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry (composed of Northern free blacks newly arrived from training in Massachusetts) and five companies of the Second South Carolina (composed of former slaves from South Carolina), along with a section of Rhode Island artillery — perhaps 800 men all together — had left their base at St. Simon’s Island the day before. As the transport ships proceeded upriver, the two gunboats acting as escorts occasionally lobbed shells into suspicious-looking farmhouses or wooded areas. They made slow going against the tricky current and it was nearly 3 p.m. before they finally approached Darien.”

Rape of South African Teenager Anene Booysen Is So Horrific The World Must Take Notice | Beyond Black & White

Seventeen-year-old Anene Booysen was found at a construction site after she had been so viciously raped and mutilated that the scene where her body was found resembled a horror movie.

via Rape of South African Teenager Anene Booysen Is So Horrific The World Must Take Notice | Beyond Black & White.



Ijaw (also known by the subgroups”Ijo”or”Izon“) are a collection of peoples indigenous mostly to the forest regions of the Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers States within the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Some are natives of Akwa-Ibom, Edo, and Ondo states also in Nigeria. Many are found as migrant fishermen in camps as far west as Sierra Leone and as far east as Gabon along the Western Africa coastline.They are believed to be some of the earliest inhabitants of southern Nigeria.The Ijaws currently numbering about 15 million have long lived in locations near many sea trade routes, and were well connected to other areas by trade as early as the 15th century. Ijaw people sit on Nigeria`s rich oil lands.



PressTV – Bankrupt Paris on colonial adventure across Africa: Abayomi Azikiwe

An analyst says with job minister Michel Sapin’s announcement that France is bankrupt it is plain to see why it is intervening militarily in resource-rich Mali.In the background of this international criticism is growing over human rights abuses by Malian troops – the UN has accused the country’s army of carrying out multiple summary executions. French President Francois Hollande has visited the West African country of Mali. The country is coping with a French military intervention working with the Malian army with the stated purpose to weed out terrorist cells that have taken over significant areas and have engaged in foreign hostage taking in neighboring Algeria. These terror groups are reportedly from Libya used by the French and it’s Western allies to topple the Libyan government and secure oil fields etc of that country. Observers also speculate that humanitarian reasons is not the only reason why France has intervened militarily in Mali as the country possesses energy and precious metal resources and war may help or distract from serious economic woes at home in France.

via PressTV – Bankrupt Paris on colonial adventure across Africa: Abayomi Azikiwe.


Mali: French troops encircle Timbuktu as fleeing Islamists burn ancient scrolls – Telegraph

Cour de la mosquée de Djingareiber, Tombouctou

A building housing tens of thousands of manuscripts from the ancient Muslim world and Greece was set aflame, raising fears of further damage to the country’s cultural heritage after months of destruction by radical Islamists.

French paratroopers swooped in to try to block fleeing hardliners as ground troops coming from the south seized the airport of Timbuktu, which has been a bastion of the extremists controlling the north for 10 months.

via Mali: French troops encircle Timbuktu as fleeing Islamists burn ancient scrolls – Telegraph.

The old plight of workers in the new South Africa | Thought Leader

The old plight of workers in the new South Africa

Pictures of labourers with raised fists, chanting liberation slogans are now commonplace in South Africa. We’re notorious for industrial protests, dubbed “the protest capital of the world”. For many, the only serious cause for concern is the unsightly violence of industrial protests. The world watched in awe as the police showered (allegedly) armed Marikana miners with rifle fire. Forty-six people were killed, 34 all in a day’s work. With Marikana incident still fresh, a violent transport workers’ protest erupted. Local and international media were littered with images of burning trucks and reports of violent clashes between protesters and police. Before the country could breathe, protests erupted in De Doorns. This time it was the farm workers protesting disgustingly meagre wages. The pictures were no different: burning police vehicles, blocked roads, burning tyres and substantial damage to public and private property.

via The old plight of workers in the new South Africa | Thought Leader.


How white US evangelicals fund anti-gay hate and violence in Africa

 Uganda’s rampant homophobia

This video documentary, via the New York Times, called “Gospel of Intolerance,” documents the role that America’s religious right bigots are playing in Uganda, and Africa overall, to fund homophobia on the continent.  It’s written and produced by Roger Ross Williams, who has an essay in the Times about the video as well.

via How white US evangelicals fund anti-gay hate and violence in Africa.