- From Revista Trip
The menace of high walls and barbed wire and electronic motion detectors, the city as prison camp for its inmate-dwellers: In Brazil's Revista Trip, James Cimino detects the beginnings of a counter-reaction to the middle class's long and deepening obsession with security measures, a mentality that he says has annihilated any sense of urban community, while creating a menacing and ultimately hopeless living atmosphere.
Caio Monteiro feels like a prisoner inside his middle-class condominium.
- From Open Magazine
It is a life of rigid separation from the society around them for Delhi's large population of African migrants, writes Open's Divya Guha. To be an African in India means ignoring the frequent racist taunts of the locals; it means a longing for the taste of food from the homeland. And it means difficulties finding a barber who can deal with your kinky hair.
It is Saturday night and we are headed to Michelle's, which I will call not a dive but an African kitchen. It is located across the road from expensive real estate in South Delhi, in a busy ghetto.
- From Palestine News Network
From cell number 28 in Israel's Hadarim prison, where he has been detained since 2002, Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti writes an open letter to Nelson Mandela on the day of the South African's death.
"During the long years of my own struggle, I had the occasion to think many times of you, dear Nelson Mandela.
- From DakarActu
A Senegalese writer daydreams: if I could ride back from Dakar airport with President Macky Sall in his lavish limousine, what would I tell him? Well, I might start by pointing out all of the ways the capitol is falling apart, all of the dilapidation they work so hard to hide from the motorcade as it zips through town...
When I swore my total allegiance to you, I did not dream that you would take me at my word. Or that your intelligence agencies would be so efficient! After all, it was an anonymous letter.
- From Anfibia
For this one night of the year, the routine of their lives is broken, social conventions upended, and many drugs are consumed: Argentine sociologists pass the night with the young revelers at the annual Creamfields electronic music festival.
At three in the morning, 40,000 people raise their hands to sky in front of the main stage, the stage where Steve Angelo, a DJ from Greece, pumps the crowd up with his version of the Eurythmics Sweet Dreams.
- From Maghreb Emergent
What better way to spend the bounty of high oil prices than importing thousands of Chinese construction workers to build one of the world's biggest mosques? Well, writes Algeria's Yassine Temlali, maybe there are better ways...
The people in charge of managing Algeria's economy have recently been anything but silent when it comes to the government's weak financial situation, which is just as dependent on petroleum revenues as it ever was. Belts must be tightened, they insist, some even advocating freezing salaries and new public sector hiring.