April 24, 2014

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Awakening: Religion comes back into politics by Stephen Grootes

Priests played a key role during Apartheid. Whether it was actively participating in the Struggle in some way, shape or form, like Father Michael Lapsley (who lost his hands and the sight of one eye to a letter bomb) or those who allowed funerals to be used for political reasons, people of faith mattered. Whether […]

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April 23, 2014

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South Sudan: After the fire, before the rain by Matthew Newsome

22 April 2014 Matthew Newsome on how a deadly conflict has sent thousands fleeing across Africa’s newest border After the fire, before the rain A deadly conflict has sent thousands fleeing across Africa’s newest border Biel Boutrosb was in his family home in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, when he heard gunfire on the evening of […]

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April 22, 2014

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Learning from Chris Hani by Ronnie Kasrils

On returning home from exile Chris Hani referred in many a speech of the need for political tolerance. What a contrast to the current leader of the SACP, Blade Nzimande, and the invective he spews at his opponents or those he simply does not agree with. The Public Protector tells “white lies” and comrades who […]

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April 22, 2014

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When ‘good news’ sickens by Dr Jeff Rudin, Ph.D

[Published by Cape Times on 16/4/14, as “If you earn R20.42 a day, you’re not poor, says our government”] Such is our desperation for ‘good news’ that we are evidently expected to celebrate anything without question – including the news that four million fewer people are living in poverty. The number was given by the […]

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April 16, 2014

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Central African Republic; where the state has disappeared and violence reigns – By Koert Lindijer

oert Lindijer is an award-winning journalist with the Dutch daily NRC-Handelsblad. His articles are not usually widely read in English, but we thought the Anglophone world should also benefit from Koert’s many years of experience reporting from Africa. This week, Koert returns to the village of Zèré, where in November he saw how Christians had […]

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April 16, 2014

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Death and Identity in Rwanda – By Richard Dowden

I don’t know why I keep them, but I have never been able to just throw them away. Two small green folded cards found at a road block in Rwanda in 1994. “Karita Y’Ibiranga Umuntu – Carte d’Indentite Republika y’u Rwanda”. The name on one is Mugema. Resident of Gatore. No 0422828 Ethnie – Hutu. […]

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April 16, 2014

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The lost Jews of Uganda by Kim Harrisberg

Before Israel was chosen as the Jewish homeland, Britain offered part of Uganda to Theodore Herzl’s Zionist group in 1903. This did not eventuate but somehow a resilient Jewish community still came into existence on a dusty, hilltop town in Uganda. KIM HARRISBERG spent a Shabbat with the Abayudaya community. “No, you see that little […]

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April 15, 2014

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Intimidation in SA Politics by David Bruce

This week the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (Case) released their report, Just singing and dancing? Intimidation and the manipulation of voters and the electoral process in the build-up to the 2014 elections. The report was researhed and written by David Bruce, who writes about the report research below: “The research is based on 24 […]

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April 14, 2014

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Ronnie Kasrils will vote against the ANC by Andre Le Roux

On May 7, Ronnie Kasrils will cast his vote against the ANC – as an “act of love”. Kasrils, a former intelligence minister, is angry with President Jacob Zuma for the “plague of corruption” bedevilling the ANC. Part of his rage is directed at the Nkandla spending scandal. “Sheer opulence, smacking of Mobutu Sese Seko-ism [referring to […]

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