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Cellphone Booster Antenna

February 18th, 2012 No comments

Here’s an ad of a “Cellphone Booster Antenna”, seen in Blantyre, Malawi, Central Africa.

“Good for areas without network or low network. More than 50 km from tower.”

8-) [x] I like

Exterminate all the Brutes v.4

December 14th, 2011 No comments

Exterminate All The Brutes memeThe Software Libre project “Exterminate alle the brutes” in Malawi, Central Africa, goes into round four.

This time it’s less of a “Niggaz project” than a “Womanz project”! – Meow!

Stay tuned by subscribing to the projects website.

Africana Critical Theory

August 22nd, 2011 No comments

Rabaka_2009_Africana Critical Theory – Reconstructing the Black Radical Tradition, from W. E. B. Du Bois and C. L. R. James to Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral

Rabaka, R. (2009). Africana Critical Theory – Reconstructing the Black Radical Tradition, from W. E. B. Du Bois and C. L. R. James to Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral. New York.

“Bloody Niggers”

July 21st, 2011 No comments

Exterminate all the Brutes” is a quote from the famous book “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad, a great writer who invented and described an exemplary character “Colonel Kurtz“, a radical imperialist and “Nigger hater”, imposing western doctrines and establishing structures to exploit under-developed countries’ resources.

The character was later picked up by Francis Ford Coppola and fondly influenced the story of “Apocalypse Now” the role of Marlon Brando, a “jet d’oeuvre” and histrorical film documentary and “anti-war” film in Vietnam.

In our days it’s is even worse. – Instead of exploiting in a straight and honest way, using the language of domination and repression, neo-imperialism appears in the cloak of development aid and salvation. Through disinformation and continuous feeding of stereotypes like the poor, starving black children in Africa, massive amounts of donations are abused and controlled to introduce neo-liberal structures of economical exploitation. The prime examples are: All oil drilling companies (under the argument of producing “green power”, they slaughter african cultures), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (which undertakes pharma experiments with humans, arguing to make humanity healthier), Agricultural companies (e.g. Monsanto, testing their genetically manipulated seeds on soils they exploit. To generate sterile seeds, which can’t be used after harvesting, but need to be re-bought every season and can’t be reproduced, as they are patented), development aid companies such as “Save the Children” and “World Food Programme” massive amounts of donations and United Nations Development funds are abused and returned into the structures of western economies.

This brood of exploitation and hatred against less developed races needs to be extinguished and exterminated. The heteronomous circles of deception and self-distruction has to be broke-up. Third world cultures deserve the possibility to establish and rule their own future with integrity and the respect of human rights.

Source: “Exterminate all the brutes”

Protests against the President in Malawi

July 20th, 2011 No comments

Burning cars and manifestations in Blantyre, Malawi.

Today Malawians in Blantyre started rioting against the current President, Bingu wa Mutharika.

To read more, please visit my Malawi Blog or BBC News.

Adieu Christoph!

August 21st, 2010 No comments

Christoph Schlingensief in AfrikaChristoph Schlingensief died today, 21st of August 2010, in Berlin, Germany.

Here’s his farewell letter:

“Es gibt jetzt leider ein paar harte Neuigkeiten, denen sofort nachgegangen werden muss! Meine Ängste während unserer letzten Produktion Via Intolleranza II haben sich leider bestätigt, und schon diese Arbeit war ein harter Kampf, den ich nur mit Eurer Hilfe bewältigen konnte.

Bitte versteht mich, wenn ich jetzt Zeit brauche und eben nicht darüber phantasieren möchte, ob ich in dieser Situation nicht die Möglichkeiten mich künstlerisch auszudrücken, gerade nutzen sollte. Die Zeit verlangt aber gerade den reinen Realismus, und der Ausdruck kommt so oder so. Ob durch mich oder andere, die darüber ihre eigenen Existenzfragen beantworten wollen. Vielleicht kann S.M.A.S.H. sogar später noch stattfinden. Die Erfahrungen gehen doch weiter, und die damit verbundenen Gedanken werden sowieso einfließen … Aber bitte lasst (meiner Frau) Aino, meinen Freunden und mir jetzt diese Zeit, und Willy Decker und Ulrich Khuon haben das auch sofort verstanden.

Es ist für uns alle sehr bitter … aber ich sehe nach sehr gründlichen und traurigen Überlegungen: diese Arbeit zu diesem Zeitpunkt würde keine Kraftspende, sondern nur ein höchstriskantes “Spielchen” werden, das nur den einen Zweck hätte, nämlich so zu tun, als wäre die beste Therapie: Augen zu und durch. Und das darf jetzt auf keinen Fall passieren.

Aino und ich haben uns unglaublich auf diese Arbeit gefreut. Wieder bei der Ruhrtriennale arbeiten zu können, die mir schon vor zwei Jahren zu Beginn dieser nicht enden wollenden Krise sehr geholfen hat, wäre für mich eine große Ehre gewesen! Aber nun heißt es, schnell auf die neuen Befunde reagieren, und dann erst sehen wir weiter. Ich danke Euch allen und vermisse Euch schon jetzt! Ich hoffe sehr, dass wir die jetzt entstandene Situation bewältigen werden.

Euer Christoph!”

Saving Biodiversity

August 17th, 2010 No comments

Very intelligent talk! … there’s nothing much to add.

TED talk by Peter Eigen about exposing the corrupt

February 9th, 2010 No comments

I strongly recommend the following talk by Peter Eigen, ex Director at the Worl Bank in Nairobi, who talks about how to expose the corrupt.

Further let me at this point remind you of my Blog post about Neoimperialism that I wrote during my project in Malawi.

Scatterlings of Africa

January 19th, 2009 No comments

Lyrics of “Scatterlkings of Africa”:

Copper sun sinking low
Scatterlings and fugitives
Hooded eyes and weary brows
Seek refuge in the night

Chorus
They are the scatterlings of Africa
Each uprooted one
On the road to Phelamanga
Where the world began
I love the scatterlings of Africa
Each and every one
In their hearts a burning hunger
Beneath the copper sun

Ancient bones from Olduvai
Echoes of the very first cry
“Who made me here and why
Beneath the copper sun?”
African idea
African idea
Make the future clear
Make the future clear

Chorus

And we are the scatterlings of Africa
Both you and I
We are on the road to Phelamanga
Beneath a copper sky
And we are the scatterlings of Africa
On a journey to the stars
Far below, we leave forever
Dreams of what we were

Pirate 2.0

December 15th, 2008 No comments

There has been a lot of excitement lately around the Somalian pirates. The western “1st world countries” are beeing hurt on a sensitive nerve, especially in a time of “financial crisis” when they cannot really afford it. Maybe it’s time for Africans to take back for what they have been betrayed over centuries…

Here’s a nice song by George Harrison:

And maybe one needs to know how to talk like a pirate?

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