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Schisms open up in the SA Alliance

January 27, 2011

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Whither South Africa's macro-economic policy? The government has taken its New Growth Path framework to the Wor4ld Economic Forum in Davos, but the unions on the home front, along with the SACP, are deeply divided. Is the NGP another Gear or Asgisa or is it something really new?

Time to both walk and talk the talk

January 25, 2011

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A new bout of verbiage concerning labour brokers and the nature of jobs erupted as the country got back to work after the new year break. And the confusion it created was compounded by proposed changes to the labour laws produced last month by the government. According to one set of interpretations, the ANC has […]

An economy riddled with a legacy of contradictions

January 20, 2011

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This chapter on the South African economy was written and submitted on August 3, 2007 for a proposed book. It was not published and the chapter was not submitted or published elsewhere. However, given developments to date this text may be of some interest to anyone concerned about economic developments in South Africa.

Tutu, Zionism and the Holocaust

January 12, 2011

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THE petition by assorted Zionists to have Archbishop Tutu, Judge Richard Goldstone and Professor Kader Asmal removed as patrons of the Holocaust Centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town should be welcomed.  Because it provides an object lesson to us all, being the clearest indication of the abuse, both of Judaism and the Holocaust, by more […]

Bigotry & Zapiro’s Muhammed cartoon

January 8, 2011

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The intolerant reaction to the 2010 cartoon by Zapiro of the prophet Muhammed was an example of bigotry and ignorance. Zapiro did not ridicule Islam or religion. What he did was to hold up to deserved ridicule those bigots who distort the professed messages from their prophets and, indeed, from their God or gods. He should be hailed for his perception and sensitivity, not damned for doing a good job.

Voodoo economics, journalism & human rights

January 7, 2011

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It is time we all stopped bowing down at the altar of voodoo economics and acknowledged that our world is in crisis. And that this crisis is a consequence of adherence to an almost religious belief that “the market” is some sort of sane and sensible mechanism; that the mystical “invisible hand” mentioned by Adam Smith is a reality.

An invaluable insight into apartheid’s ‘spooks’

January 6, 2011

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Apartheid’s Friends — The rise and fall of South Africa’s Secret Service                               by James Sanders (John Murray) (First published:  December, 2006) James Sanders is a researcher of note.  He proved this with his doctoral thesis at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) which was published by Frank Cass in 2000 as South Africa […]