Retrospective of his art the Brooklyn Museum through September 20, 2009.


Youssou N’Dour

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Senegalese-born N’Dour talks about his career and “I Bring What I Love“, the new documentary film about his music, on Canadian TV program, Studio Q.

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Photograph by (Canadian-Briton) Jonathan Hyams

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The Guardian has a story on the results of a study by South Africa’s Medical Research Council.

The first few paragraphs:

One in four men in South Africa have admitted to rape and many confess to attacking more than one victim, according to a study that exposes the country’s endemic culture of sexual violence. Three out of four rapists first attacked while still in their teens, the study found. One in 20 men said they had raped a woman or girl in the last year. South Africa is notorious for having one of the highest levels of rape in the world. Only a fraction are reported, and only a fraction of those lead to a conviction. The study into rape and HIV, by the country’s Medical Research Council (MRC), asked men to tap their answers into a Palm Pilot device to guarantee anonymity. The method appears to have produced some unusually frank responses.

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Britain’s Channel 4 News–hardly raving anti-globalizers–reports on the rationale behind multinational oil company Shell’s decision to pay a “humanitarian” settlement to Nigerian activists who sued the company for the role in the state murder in 1995 of Ogoni writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and a number of others.

Via Real News Network

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About a month ago “Global Pulse,” a TV and series on US satellite channel, LINK TV, did this quick analysis of global media coverage of Jacob Zuma, before and after he became South Africa’s fourth democratic president. As Global Link shows the media hardly blinked as it went from deriding to praising Zuma without winking. The media covered in the insert include South Africa’s SABC, France’s TV 5 Afrique, the British BBC, Germany’s Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera and Iran’s Press TV.


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From the South African Taxijam series (something like the French and British versions). More about the series here and more about the band here.