Okay Africa

Zimbabwe’s Open Wound: Why Zimbabweans Are Still Protesting a 3-Year-Old Election

Zimbabwe’s Open Wound: Why Zimbabweans Are Still Protesting a 3-Year-Old Election

Phillis Nyamombe was an election agent in the 2013 Zimbabwean elections in Nyariya, a small village in the eastern province of Manicaland. A local representative of the largest Zimbabwean opposition party—Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)—Nyamombe’s job was to be at the polling station and make sure the things were going orderly. Read the rest »

PRI

A Miami woman tells her story of what it's like to be pregnant with Zika

A Miami woman tells her story of what it's like to be pregnant with Zika

Sara lives in Miami Beach, Florida, and works in TV. She asks that we not use her real name because she and her husband haven’t told everyone in their family that during her pregnancy, she was infected with Zika. Read the rest »

Tablet Magazine

Why Israel’s President Talks to Obama, but Not to Netanyahu

Why Israel’s President Talks to Obama, but Not to Netanyahu

(Co-written with Omri Nahmias)

Anyone who has ever dreamed of seeing the president of the United States smiling and laughing arm-in-arm with an Israeli head of state need look no further than Israeli President Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin’s most recent visit to Washington last month. President Barack Obama couldn’t have looked more thrilled to have him at the White House, and President Rivlin made sure to show his excitement and to express his gratitude for “what you have done in the last six years: for the finance, for the diplomatic, and for the military help that you are giving us.” Read the rest »

The Jewish Daily Forward

Zimbabwe's Lembas Push for Circumcision

Zimbabwe's Lembas Push for Circumcision

On a hot spring morning in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, Modreck Maeresera is packing up for a trip at his quiet suburban home. Maeresera is a leader of Zimbabwe’s Lemba community, which claims Jewish roots. He is preparing for a mission to the United States that he hopes will deepen the community’s Jewish practice by ensuring that all males are circumcised. Read the rest »

Okay Africa

Party Dark: Harare Continues To Dance Amidst Worsening Power Cuts

Party Dark: Harare Continues To Dance Amidst Worsening Power Cuts

Power cuts have become so common in Zimbabwe in recent months that saxophonist Vee Mukarati didn’t even realize the party he was playing at last month had gone totally dark. Neither did any of the other people moving along to his music. “It’s like trying to do gigs on Mars,” he told me after the gig. Read the rest »

The Jewish Daily Forward

Why Tunisian Jews Can't Wait To Vote in an Arab Election

Why Tunisian Jews Can't Wait To Vote in an Arab Election

Jaco Halfon spent the last week of November glued to his computer at home in L.A. Presidential election results were coming in from his homeland of Tunisia. Halfon, a Tunisian citizen, wanted to make sure that he was up-to-date and that readers of his popular Jewish website Harissa got the relevant commentaries. Read the rest »

The Daily Maverick

Jewish security organisation plays fast and loose with the law

Jewish security organisation plays fast

and loose with the law

"Two other guys grabbed me. There were about ten guys in the car park. A guy who wasn’t in black - he was just wearing pants and a shirt - grabbed me. He cable tied my arms behind my back… and then they threw me on the concrete in front of a car and pulled my jersey over my head… and this one guy kept on shouting at me, 'Don’t look at me, don’t look at me.' … He kept on shouting, 'What’s your name? What’s your name?'"  Read the rest »