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Inside Mbeki’s inbox …

A confidential source working in the IT department in Parliament sent me this screengrab from President Thabo Mbeki’s inbox. Thought you might like to see…

Facebook, the Web 2.0 killer

The existence of Facebook, the smash-hit social-networking site, may unwittingly kill off a host of other Web 2.0 start-ups. This is mainly because of Facebook’s…

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,…

Talking vs Facebooking: Who’s better off?

If I hosted a dinner party for my 10 closest friends, the topics of conversations would undoubtedly include the expected ones: crime, the three Ms…

Talking vs Facebooking: Who’s better off?

If I hosted a dinner party for my 10 closest friends, the topics of conversations would undoubtedly include the expected ones: crime, the three Ms…

Times hijacks New York Times

It’s Sunday. And there’s something wrong. Very wrong. I’ve got my coffee, my newspaper and the couch all to myself. But where the hell is…

The agony of analysing politics

I thought the time had come for me to do something a bit more analytical than a report on my weekend at Oppikoppi, my views…

Okay, so the president isn’t superwoman!

It is important, in any democracy, to have a series of checks and balances on the executive. An important segment of these safeguards is the…

SA vs Scotland: Nervy signs for the RWC

I’m no rugby tactician and I don’t follow the game off the field much, so I must confess that I take things at face value.…