Portugal: police officers sentenced in unprecedented trial

One officer jailed, and others handed suspended sentences, after convictions for kidnapping and violence. Lisbon, Portugal – Eight police officers were on Monday convicted of crimes ranging from aggravated kidnapping to grievous bodily harm against eight young black people in Lisbon. It was the end – for now at least – of an unprecedented court case that saw seventeen agents on trial, bringing the issue of institutional racism and police violence in Portugal into the public eye. The sentences handed down, however, were metRead more

The Guardian: Real Estate Bullying and Evictions in Lisbon

When the Santos Lima building went up for sale for €7.2m (£6.4m) in Marvila, a former industrial area of Lisbon, investors might have thought they’d spotted a bargain. Running some 100m along the Rua do Açucar, the building was listed online as unoccupied and “ideal for being turned into an apart-hotel or offices”. But to its long-term residents, the advertisement came as a shock. “I think [the companies] bought it without knowing … the state of the building, and without knowingRead more

Al Jazeera English: Young Black Portuguese men take police brutality case to court

Eighteen months ago, they were defendants, accused of storming a police station. But since that case was overturned last year, Flavio Almada, Celso Lopes, Rui Moniz, Miguel Reis, Paulo Veiga and Bruno Lopes have been testifying not as the accused, but as victims in an unprecedented trial that has put 17 officers of the PSP – Portugal’s public police force – in the dock. Read More: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/young-black-portuguese-men-police-brutality-case-court-181026215738680.html?fbclid=IwAR0JI7g6WAu9syYG5A_Mtw6uq6Cmm8AW_UTf7N0hOg595kAaiKv3FBmt7-g      Read more

The Funambulist: The Invisible City – Existence and Resistance in the peripheries of Lisbon

A look at the inventive forms of resilience that have developed on the edges of the city of Lisbon, with urban scholar & activist Antonio Brito Guterres, for the magazine The Funambulist: Politics of space and bodies. The full piece (in English) can be found here: https://thefunambulist.net/articles/the-invisible-city-existence-and-resistance-in-the-peripheries-of-lisbon-by-ana-naomi-de-sousa-antonio-brito-guterres If you’d like to receive a PDF of the piece, please contact me by email   Read more

Buala: Behind The Scenes at Belgium’s African Museum

Brussels, Belgium – As he walks through the building site that is Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa in his plastic hardhat and reinforced boots, director Guido Gryseels lets out the occasional cry of surprise. “Ah – the elephant! I didn’t know he was back.” His words echo off the soaring walls, some painted ceiling to floor with vast maps of Africa – their place names, from “German East Africa” to “Leopoldville” trapping them in a brief moment in history. Next to one, above a doorway,Read more

The Guardian: Should Berlin’s African quarter be renamed?

The cool blue tunnel of Afrikanische Strasse U-Bahn station is embellished with enormous colour photographs: a grinning giraffe; a herd of zebras on the savannah; a pair of meerkats. The scene they set feels very far away: above ground, Afrikanisches Viertel (the “African Quarter”) is just an ordinary Berlin neighbourhood of modernist housing estates, small businesses and a relatively low-income population. Only the names of the roads – Zanzibar Street, Congo Street, Cameroon Street – seem to be playing along. There isRead more

Al Jazeera English: The Portuguese denied citizenship in their own country

Lisbon, Portugal – “Our nationality law is one of the best in the world,” says Portugal’s deputy minister, Eduardo Cabrita, whose office overlooks the 25th April Bridge – named after the 1974 revolution which spelled the end for the fascist dictatorship and, eventually, for Portugal’s long-running colonial projects. “I worked on it myself,” he adds. Read the full article here: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/03/portuguese-denied-citizenship-country-170302084810644.html   (photo courtesy of Antonio Brito Guterres) (photo courtesy of Antonio Brito Guterres)  Read more

Al Jazeera English: Fidel Castro’s African legacy – Friendship and freedom

Fidel Castro’s African legacy: Friendship and freedom Fidel Castro was the enduring face and voice of a Cuban internationalism forged at the height of the Cold War and still widely misunderstood by the global North. In 1969, during a meeting with the Chilean foreign minister Gabriel Valdes, Henry Kissinger – who would later become the US secretary of state – declared: “Nothing important can come from the South. History has never been produced in the South. The axis of history startsRead more

Real Review: Campus in Camps – Architecture, Exile and Resistance

“Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings.”   Edward W. Said Sandi Hilal (Palestine) and Alessandro Petti (Italy/ Palestine) are architects and researchers, based in Beit Sahour, a small, hillside town near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. From here, their workRead more

Al Jazeera English: ‘Red Africa’ – From a generation of cinematographers to the end of apartheid – Africa, Cuba and the Soviet Union

Between East and West: The Cold War’s legacy in Africa Though often absent from retellings of the Cold War, the interventions and alliances conceived in Southern Africa between the 1960s and 1980s, had a profound and sometimes devastating impact. Newly independent nations such as Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) provided the stages for some of the most bloody proxy battles between “East” and “West”, as the United States, apartheid-era South Africa and China tried to preventRead more

Reflecting on Rebel Architecture

Conversation with the Portuguese architect, Paulo Moreira, for the Jornal Arquitectos, orignally published here REBEL ARCHITECTURE PAULO MOREIRA / ANA NAOMI DE SOUSA  Eyal Weizman, The Architecture of Violence, directed by Ana Naomi de Sousa Rebel Architecture is a series of six 25-minute television documentaries, produced by Al Jazeera TV. The films present “activist” and “rebel” practices undertaken in situations of environmental, economic or urban crisis. They accompany professionals who use architecture to intervene in their social and political context. OneRead more

The Guardian: Death in the city

Death in the city: what happens when all our cemeteries are full? Lack of space and soaring costs are familiar problems for anyone who lives in a city. From London to New York to Hong Kong, many are crammed into micro-apartments that cost hundreds of pounds or dollars a month to rent, unsure when they will be able to afford a more permanent abode. And it may be a similar story when they die, too. Some 55 million people areRead more