Mob attack shows that racism is very much alive in India

Imagine a city where a person is discriminated against based on the color of their skin. A city in which foreigners are not welcomed. A place in which prejudice often turns to violence. We are not talking about a city in Europe dealing with racism and xenophobia and we are sure as hell not talking about someplace in the United States. We are talking about Bangalore, a major South Indian city in Karnataka. Early February, reports from major news sources around the world had reported on an a...
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New Constitution + Election Season = New problems for Africa

This past month has seen many state leaders calling for the creation of new constitutions in their respective countries. Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, Zambia, Chile, amongst other countries, all might possibly have a new constitution in the coming months. The construction and use of constitutions vary from each corner of the world. In the United States we’ve had the same constitution spanning over two centuries. Latin American countries notably switch out constitutions in favor for a newer one as tim...
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Media Spotlight: Discovering the sound of Africa

The African influence in today’s pop music is undeniably present. The official 2010 FIFA World Cup Waka Waka (Time for Africa) performed by Shakira, was adapted from Zangaléwa from Cameroonian band Golden Sounds – take a listen to the original at 7:38 if you want to hear the original “Waka Waka”. The infamous Fela Kuti heavily influenced Beyonce’s End of Time; Grown Woman and Run the World (Girls) also don’t shy too far away from Afro-beat and Coupé-Décalé. While music is typically seen as a ...
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