Steven Lamini

The flight of rigour

The lazy fallacy that the alternative (i.e. life organised on conscious production for need) to societies based on exploitation and the profit motive is incompatible with human nature represents the clearest sign yet of humanity strolling downhill with the inscription written in bold on its back: “The hour of rigour’s flight”.The strength of this fallacy…

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Blood oil

At last! The five-year old predatory war of America and its coalition partners has finally been placed in its clearest possible perspective. Britain, France and the US finally have their hands on the oil reserves of Iraq. For the first time in 36 years the oil reserves are in the hands of people who have…

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The friend of my enemy is my friend

It was only on 19 June 2008 that the government of Jerusalem announced a cease fire with Hamas. Barely hours after this, it declared its intentions to open direct peace talks with Lebanon. What’s going on in the Middle East? Has the Zionist regime had a change of heart all of a sudden? This puzzling…

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A deal before summer?

Mugabe’s anti-imperialist rhetoric increased after his return from the World Food Summit, but by and large it was nothing more than getting himself into a bargaining position as he tries to cut a deal with Washington and London that will allow him to hold onto power. Nothing is being said about the frantic deal-making in…

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Anatomy of prejudice

Is Barney Pityana correct in saying that the predominant form of racism in South Africa relates to mental processes of which individuals are aware or not aware? At the heart of Dr Pityana’s statement lies the well meaning gestures of an apologist — the xenophobic attacks of a month or so ago are not the…

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The Lisbon Treaty and European Unification

Adoption of the Lisbon Treaty requires unanimous support by the European Union’s 27 member states. Ireland held a referendum on 12 June 2008, giving its citizens the opportunity to decide on the country’s relationship with the European Union. Ireland was the only country constitutionally obliged to hold a referendum, for Lisbon requires changes to Ireland’s…

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Civil liberties at stake

The only thing Britain’s Labour Party has in common with the country’s working people is its name. It’s been demonstrated over and over again in the past two decades that parties claiming to uphold the interests of the poor must do more than just being seers of truth and guardians of traditions. The neo-liberal agenda…

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The Middle East: US Foreign policy under Obama

Most observers must have been shaken from their self-delusion about Barack Obama’s supposedly more “humane and wise approach to foreign policy” after he addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on the 4th June 2008. There is nothing pacifist nor anything anti-imperialist about the man’s political outlook, less so about his foreign policy orientation. Beneath…

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No method to this madness

I thought there must be something substantive behind the city of Cape Town’s flexing its muscles to the court order by government’s provincial arm to utilise community halls for the displacement of foreign nationals. The reasoning that the provincial government first use resources under its own care just does not sound right. Is it possible…

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The world food crisis: intractable and explosive

In no other time during humanity’s recorded history is the savagery of market relations so paradoxically defined as in this age of plenty. We are able to transform deserts into oases, carve a path through hitherto impenetrable mountain ranges, successfully land an explorative mission to Mars. Human beings are manufactured in laboratories, the parched and…

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