Steven Lamini

Desperate measures

Tell the lie often enough and you believe it yourself, the saying goes. This is not enough for the current Bush administration. As Barack Obama tied up the Democratic Party nomination, the Republican machinery prepares to play the same terror card they’ve used over the last three election terms in America. There’s nothing surprising in…

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Power lodged in narrow hearts part 3: The Leon Phenomenon

Lack of vision is in, clarity of perspective is out. Sound understanding is out, ecclecticism is in. Not all the fog in Cape Town is as a result of changing weather patterns. Mostly, it is the cause of Tony Leon opening his office window. It envelops everything for kilometres on end across the country and…

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The cohesion campaign: Quo vadis?

Last Friday, Pallo Jordan launched what is called a social cohesion campaign. The aim of this is to afford South Africans the chance to air their views on suggestions to change names of geographical places — in aide of creating a sense of belonging among citizenry across the country. This is a good step to…

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Delivered, bound hand and foot

In every province of human life, and in that of reporting truthfully principally so, we have a right to demand a living sympathy of mind with mind. It is clearly not only about getting the highest circulation in the media establishment; the press is charged to inform, to entertain, to enlighten and sometimes to swim…

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UNASUR: will it work?

There have been active developments across the borders of a number of Latin American countries since 2004 to form what was seen as a regional forum for, among other things, the social inclusion of these countries’ different nations. Last year, during the first ever South American Energy Summit, held in Venezuela, twelve Latin American countries…

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Strange silences

If there is one certainty in the American Presidential elections, it is that none of the candidates of either party can ever stand watch on the walls of beleaguered cities, peering through the darkness infested by every multinational company imaginable…and do so in the name of the American working and middle classes. Their vigil keeping,…

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In the aftermath: Tasks for the South African Working class

The crisis is not over, despite official statements claiming it to be so. What the army has done was to drive the attacks underground, resulting in war parties of five to seven thugs combing through settlements, picking foreign nationals out one by one. No system of community policing can be successful without the concerted co-operation…

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Trouble in paradise

Today Kosovo is the official subject of all sorts of separatist tendencies, real and imagined. The speed with which key European states rushed to support its declaration of independence was dizzying. With the consequences of that support (real and tacit) still unfolding, a number of cracks have already emerged across mainland Europe. Germany’s historic relations…

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What is it about this time?

Earlier in this year, Denmark’s media came out as one person, reprinting the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Underlying the decision to reprint these pictures, they say, is the defence of democratic rights. Let’s look at this more closely. On 12 February 2008, three men were arrested (two Tunisians and a Danish national) on suspicion…

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First IKB and Northern Rock, then Bear Stearns: Who’s next?

One is tempted to leave this question unanswered to mock the conscience of those apologists of the greed driven market economy (let’s be clear: there’s nothing ‘free’ about this system), but it’s exhilirating to know they don’t have a conscience. Their only concern is ‘getting ahead’, stepping on others as they haste to ‘explain’ the…

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