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A failed attempt in need of a good editor

January 6, 2011

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156 Hands that built South Africa — the 1956 Treason Trial by Phyllis Naidoo (self published) (First published:  September, 2006) One of the critical events in the history of the anti-apartheid struggle was the treason trial of 156 men and women which began in Johannesburg’s old Drill Hall in December 1956.  It was, and remains, […]

Gaining an insight into George Soros

January 6, 2011

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George Soros is a household name associated mainly with philanthropy, but also for his advocacy for “open societies”. This, his ninth book, probably stands in place of an authobiography; it is by turns interesting and annoying, but provides considerable insight into a eccentric whose concerns are widely shared, even if his notions about the way forward may not be.

How anti-apartheid money funded the apartheid police

January 2, 2011

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(Excerpted from Unfinished Business — South Africa, apartheid & truth, 2001/03) Operation Daisy was perhaps the most lucrative and efficient of the undercover operations conducted by the apartheid state’s security police (SB).  It began in 1976 when the police spy and National Union of SA Students (Nusas) executive member, Craig Williamson met in Botswana with […]

Voodoo economics, journalism & human rights

January 1, 2011

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(First published:  February, 2006) 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 — not of shortages, but of gluts — is a consequence of adherence to an almost religious belief that “the market” is some sort of […]

The high price of snobbishness

January 1, 2011

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(First published:  December 2007) St Vincent is the patron saint of the wine trade and, every year on “St Vincent’s day”, there is a tradition of calling for protection from “hail, frost, thirst and taxes”.  The producers of the Cape winelands may this year add:  “and snobbishness”. For South Africa’s wine producers — including “empowerment” […]