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Martin Young

Unpacking ‘whiteness’

My last post “Whiteness is like herpes” did exactly what I thought it would. It resonated with a small number of fellow whites who correctly understood the analogy, and then provoked an angry reaction from many more whites who simply just proved my point, that “whiteness” (as an issue that is being spoken about internationally…

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Bert Olivier

Can energy through fusion be achieved?

Lev Grossman (“Star Power”, in Time, November 2, p. 24-33) calls fusion the “holy grail” of “the quest for clean energy”, and with good reason — it is as elusive as the proverbial unicorn in your garden (with apologies to James Thurber). By this I mean that, although scientists and technologists know what has to…

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Kagure Mugo

Fighting terror is like fighting vapour because it doesn’t have a home address

We are living in a world where the phrase one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter has never been more pertinent. It would seem that the idea of terror is no longer one that exists in some far-off land, happening to far-off people. It has become a reality that one minute you’re sitting having…

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Psychological Society of South Africa

How to help students succeed at university

By Rakhee Naik and Safiyyah Pahad After 21 years of democracy, people still question whether apartheid is a prominent reason impacting on the current state of education. Whether acknowledged or not, we must consider its impact on predominantly black students in accessing resources and educational opportunities. This is exacerbated by their limited social and cultural…

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Gavin Foster

On idiots and aliens

So, how many of you have ever been abducted by aliens? I first realised I might have been when I googled “aliens” after hearing that July 2 was World UFO Day. Up popped a story on headed “I was abducted by aliens — and they put a machine in my body” where a fellow…

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Bert Olivier

How should one understand the rise of ‘fundamentalism’?

With the current wave of “terrorist” attacks, not only in France, but in other parts of the world such as Nigeria and Mali, too, “fundamentalist” organisations have become the focus of many questions, including the one concerning the reason why (particularly young) people join these despite risking their lives in the course of performing their…

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William Saunderson-Meyer

Limping from policy disaster to policy disaster

It’s unusual to see a government that is on the face of it so entrenched in power — a solid 62% of the national vote after two decades in office, eight out of nine provincial assemblies — in such disarray. Yet President Jacob Zuma’s African National Congress administration limps from disaster to disaster, full of…

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How the national treasury stole the ANC's Christmas

As JZ and Co slumbered, a nasty grinch crept into headquarters and stole all that makes Christmas so joyous for the ruling party.

Eye for an eye Olympics

It’s the Eye for an Eye Olympics, a competition where perspective always comes last.

Voices of Africa

Goodbye, and thanks for reading

  Due to restructuring at the Mail & Guardian, Voices of Africa will no longer be active from September 18. We will not be updating this blog anymore, but all our content will remain on it. Over the past few years, Voices bloggers have covered a wide range of issues: race, religion, culture, women’s rights, language, education, relationships, governance, technology and activism. We’ve shared …

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Eyes on elephants as Google Street View launches in Kenyan reserve

For once, Google was unlikely to face privacy complaints as the US Internet giant on Tuesday launched its Street View service in Kenya’s Samburu park, in a move conservationists said could help protect endangered elephants. Special cameras have taken panoramic images of the reserve while driving down dusty tracks – and have also been fixed …

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Zimbabwe: Where is Itai Dzamara?

September 9 marked six months since the abduction of prominent Zimbabwean activist Itai Dzamara, a prominent critic of Robert Mugabe’s government. On 9 March 2015, he was forced into an unmarked vehicle and has not been heard from since. His wife, Sheffra Dzamara, spoke to Amnesty. This is her story.  Itai has been my husband for …

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‘No need to panic’, South Africans told after US terror warning

South Africans should not panic over a US warning of a terror threat in the country as no imminent danger had been uncovered, state security services said on Wednesday. The US Embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday advised its citizens to be on heightened alert against attack, saying extremists may target American interests in the country. …

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