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Azad Essa

Posts published by “Azad Essa”

Azad Essa is a journalist at Al Jazeera.

He is also the author of a book called "Zuma's Bastard" (Two Dogs Books, October 2010)

Yes, it is the name of a book. A real book. With a kickass cover.

Click on the cover to find out more.

You know you want to.

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Accidental Academic won best political blog at the South African Blog awards 2009 and is a finalist for 2010.

I wasn’t born to scream Islamophobia

There are those sick of hearing that colonisation made Africa a cuckoo’s nest and every new African leader a dark shade of Jack Nicholson. There…

I am sick of my anti-terrorism kit

So I am standing behind all shapes, sizes, colours and obviously nationalities at Dubai International Mall, otherwise known as Dubai International Airport, waiting to surrender…

Slip on those heels and grow a penis

When my friend Sara joined a reputable graduate programme in Johannesburg, she was assured that even though the company kills people for a living (they…

Zumaphobia vs Zumamania: The schism continues

As if the electorate could be any more bewildered by current South African politics, the decision to drop all corruption charges against Jacob Zuma has…

Dalai Lama: Do I feel guilty?

While studying in Delhi some years back, the sociology department organised a “study trip” for our class to the north Indian hill station town Dharamsala,…

Valkyrie: Can Hollywood save Germany?

George Bush, Walmart and the “World” Series are normally enough reason to dislike the United States. But if you’re a “rational” soul, and yet still…

Of course Motlanthe deserves his fat pension

In a democracy, today’s leadership is tomorrow’s electorate; power is never predestined and children are not heirs (except of course to hot off-the-cuff black economic…

‘Can I have some more fries please?’

It doesn’t take much to figure out that starving to death is not quite the same as being shelled while sitting in bed reading a…