Bruce Cohen

Springtime in Auschwitz

I visit a death camp — at the wrong time of the year They show a curtain-raiser video on the tour bus from Krakow to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a 50-minute documentary based on the work of Alexi Vorontsov, the first Red Army soldier with a movie camera to enter these gates of hell in January 1945. Now…

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Australia, where is your humanity?

There’s a smug little reality show on Discovery Channel called Border Patrol that shines a spotlight on the work of Australian customs officials. In a recent episode I sat riveted as two Ozzy pensioners quivered tearfully before an officious bitch in blue that had seized their contraband bunch of bananas. The threat level stuttered to…

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Tiger Brands: Infantile bully

Earlier this month my company took a stand at a baby show at Emperor’s Palace. We decorated our stand with posters and products to promote Holle, a Swiss range of organic baby foods and formulas, which we have been distributing for several years. One of the posters we put on the stand said: “Holle —…

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I kiss the feet of St Julian of Wiki

As I write, Google returns 56 million results for my search on “Assange”. Pretty intimidating for anyone trying to join the discourse on Julian the Terrible. Here’s my contribution: Fucking ace, Julian. Make those mothers sweat and shit themselves. OK, that hardly qualifies as thoughtful input into the debate on media freedom and the right to…

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Get off our organic backs

If you live in the 702 reception area and were listening to the John Robbie Show on Monday, you might have been as irritated as I was when the topic of organic foods came up for discussion. People keep digging up nonsense research to make the absurd claim that organic food is no healthier than…

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Hey Trevor, I Noah better way

If Trevor Noah, the spinmeister of Cell C, wants to make himself the darling of (at least some of) the SA cellphone community, he might consider this: get Cell C to start a massive roll-out of Wi-Fi hotspots in major centres, saturating them with broadband access. It will allow the fast-growing smartphone customer base to…

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The terminal failure of orthodox medicine

When my father died last year of cancer it took me some time to fully grasp the manner of his passing and to realise my own culpability in allowing the doctors to destroy whatever dignity death might have allowed him if I had had the courage and the knowledge to stop the torture. I allowed…

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The real war on cancer (maybe)

The South African media seems to have blissfully ignored one of the most important health stories of the decade — last week’s report by President Obama’s Cancer Panel (PCP) which, finally, has turned the tables on the entire cancer industry from within. While the PCP report focuses on the cancer epidemic in the US —…

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In defence of bread

You may have come across Michael Pollan’s book In Defence of Food, a wry and fascinating critique of the dangers of the ideology of nutritionism where we hapless and relentless seekers of good health (or is it really immortality?) spend our lives sacrificing taste and joy for recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals; where…

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Absa, you’re killing me

I truly hate Absa, and they haven’t done a thing to me. If you’ve ever run an email account without any spam filtering on, you’ll have had an inkling of just how much spam is piling up across the net, a veritable flood of dirtybits looking for tiny cracks in the dyke. The spam filters…

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