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To plank, or not to plank

October 4, 2011

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In Britain, students marched in protest. In the Philippines they planked. Now an anti-planking bill is before the Philippine Congress and has prompted an international internet storm of ridicule and criticism. What started out as a Facebook craze between friends has transmuted into a form of gesture politics or student protest. What is interesting, though, […]

Banning a song, violating memories

September 17, 2011

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The ban by a South African court on a liberation song raises questions not only about freedom of expression (and its limits) but also about how a post-colonial society remembers past struggles against tyranny. The white-dominated civil rights group AgriForum had brought the case in the Equality Court against Julius Malema, the leader of the […]

Dangerous humour – the silencing of cartoonists

August 31, 2011

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Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat has been badly beaten and had his hands broken after lampooning the Assad regime. Earlier this year his Libyan counterpart Kais al-Hilali was shot while caricaturing Qaddafi on a wall in Benghazi. Twenty-five years ago the Palestinian Naji al-Ali – creator of the character Handhala, child witness in the Palestinian refugee […]

Social media, public unrest and American foreign policy

August 24, 2011

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David Cameron set off a media storm when he suggested it might be necessary to block the use of social media should there be a repeat of the London disturbances earlier this month in which looters used BlackBerry Messenger to co-ordinate their activities. This may have just been another case of PR-speak by a political […]