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Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is an Associate Professor of international affairs at the New School for Social Research and the founder and editor of Africa Is a Country. 
    Broadcast takes on social media in the world of politics
    Broadcast takes on social media in the world of politics
    Most of South Africa’s political leaders, without exception, are active on social media—including ones we thought were retired, such as...
    Why South Africa needs Democratic Socialism
    Why South Africa needs Democratic Socialism
    After 25 years in power, one would expect that the African National Congress—the party that brought South Africans the Marikana massacre, 40%...
    Online site a new model for journalism
    Online site a new model for journalism
    I first worked as a journalist when I was a student in late 1980s South Africa. Apartheid was on its last legs.
    Battle of ideas in the newsroom
    Battle of ideas in the newsroom
    In 2017, 14 050 people died in road accidents in South Africa. When 2018’s count is eventually tallied up, the death of journalist and editor...
    The limits of coloured nationalism
    The limits of coloured nationalism
    Siqalo is a mostly Xhosa informal settlement in Mitchells Plain, the largest coloured township in Cape Town. Some Siqalo squatters are coloured,...
    How do we write about Winnie’s   life sympathetically?
    How do we write about Winnie’s life sympathetically?
    First, the facts: regardless of what Euro-American pundits or obituary writers conclude about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela — or what some white...
    Why Corbyn's meteoric rise is good for Africa
    Why Corbyn's meteoric rise is good for Africa
    In the leadup to last week’s British elections, some of UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s most enthusiastic supporters were the groups...
    Afropunk’s growing gains and pains
    Afropunk’s growing gains and pains
    Afropunk comes to Johannesburg, all grown up. With that comes potential and grown-folk problems.
    It's Malema's world
    It's Malema's world
    After spending time with South Africa's mass media, online social networks or its blogosphere any casual observer would conclude that the country...
    A Zulu in New York
    A Zulu in New York
    In 1990, a few months after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela toured the United States. Travelling to eight cities in 11 days and addressing...
    Rebel Radio
    Rebel Radio
    In mid-January it was reported that independent (indymedia) media activists in Johannesburg had illegally run a radio station from the Soweto home...
    Cosmetic Change
    Cosmetic Change
    In Zulu Love Letter, director Ramadan Suleiman's powerful and beautiful film about the complexities of the TRC and the unfinished business...