The Urgency of the Venezuelan Political and Economic Crisis

Relevant Considerations for African and African Diaspora Working Classes

By James Counts Early

The ideological and political struggle among Venezuelans, and the country’s economic crisis have become the center of the hemispheric and global contestation over governance power and self-determination. Most critics of the elected Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, denounce him as the main problem facing Venezuela, and his removal from office as the sole objective and solution. 

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Birth and Challenges of Nollywood

By Emeka-Rollas Ejezie

Although the history of Nigeria’s film industry dates back to 1903, featuring mainly distribution of imported films by Indians and Lebanese, the first Nigerian filmmakers, such as Ola Balogunand Hubert Ogunde appeared in the 1960s. But they were frustrated by the high cost of production. But in 1992, Nigeria's home video industry, popularly known as Nollywood, made a dynamic debut with the release of Living in Bondage, an Igbo movie, produced by Ken Nnebue.

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Space, Wind: The Aural Pathways to Today’s Jazz Scene

Ways of being together, thinking together, moving along a particular path emerge in ways that are discernible to locale. And where specific locations matter, so do the foundational traditions that travel beyond, and are larger than those locations. Music exists at the nexus of place and tradition. When we listen to the genre misnamed “jazz,” we hear echoes of deep African traditions, signifying on the meaning of the human condition. We hear what that life is and what we would like it to be. It is not always easy listening.

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The Decolonization of Western Sahara: A Saharawi Vision of the Solution

Editor’s note: The Western Sahara is a territory making up a large part of the northwest coast of Africa, spanning from Mauritania to Morocco. The territory stretches east inland forming a small border with Algeria. The Western Sahara has been a disputed territory since being freed from Spanish rule in the 1970’s, after which it was quickly re-occupied by a Moroccan invasion in 1975. The Saharawi people have been fighting for independence and self-governance since. Ambassador Malainin Lakhal is Saharawi, a writer and a diplomat.

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