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Mbeki’s inbox: Part 2

I see in this week’s Mail & Guardian that the paper decided to take my post from Thought Leader and expand on it a bit,…

Stuff the poor, they’re happy

I was about to write a scathing piece about rich environmentalists named in an editorial about a proposed gold mine in a poor town in Romania, when a Ghanaian teacher wrote, in essence, a far more eloquent rebuttal.

Tackling racism and sexism

As I read an article about the alleged racist remarks made by Badih Chaaban, a controversial Cape Town city councillor, I thought to myself: I…

Tarnishing Mandela’s name

One of the most disturbing aspects of how South Africans perceive Nelson Mandela and his role in bringing democracy to this country is the way…

Counter-media: Alive in Baghdad

A group of American and Iraqi reporters has launched a blog, website and YouTube video channel called Alive in Baghdad that “formed to counter the…

Blacks only

It can only happen in South Africa. Where else would you see a sign saying “No white students are allowed to enter”? It is almost…

Let’s not be narrow-minded about broadband

The government’s plan to create a state-controlled company, Infraco, to drive down telecommunication costs and improve broadband internet access has, predictably, come under fire from…

George Bush gets it

George W Bush made a few important comparisons in his speech just before the weekend. Reading his speech, I find it hard to understand why people who describe themselves as "liberal" (or, for that matter, "democrats") are so implacably opposed to the Bush Doctrine.

It’s Boksburg, not Baghdad …

After watching this video for the fifth time it stops being funny and starts becoming very worrying … Of course, we shouldn’t be too worried,…