The Thiaroye massacre, 1944

by Steven Johns A short history of the mass killing of black soldiers in the Free French Forces who were protesting against non-payment of wages towards the end of World War II. It is an often-neglected fact that the majority of General De Gaulle’s Free French Forces were not white Frenchmen but were predominantly troops from […]

The Dashiki: The History of a Radical Garment

by DAMOLA DUROSOMO DIASPORA—The dashiki is clothing as politics. It might not exactly seem that way in its present state—a revived, streetwear trend largely associated with the intricate and highly recognizable ‘Angelina print,’ but its story is one of African innovation and Black resistance. The word “dashiki” comes from the Yoruba word danshiki, used to refer […]

Everywhere is war: European warlords strike again – this time in Mali

By Gerald A. Perreira Until the philosophy / that holds one race superior / and another inferior / is finally and permanently / discredited and abandoned / Everywhere is war. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), largely made up of Tuaregs forced out of Libya, claim land in Northern Mali they call Azawad as […]

Disaster Capitalism in the Maghreb: War, Refugees and Profit in West Africa

Ramzy Baroud   French troops in Mali The British security firm G4S is set to rake in massive profits thanks to crises in Mali, Libya and Algeria. Recognized as the world’s biggest security firm, the group’s brand plummeted during the London Olympics last year due to its failure to satisfy conditions of a government contract. […]