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Gramsci, technology & hope for the future

January 4, 2018

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Those in positions of power continue to bury their heads in the sand, constantly prophesying that the economic crisis is heading towarda recovery. But each of these predictions is as hollow as the next. If the system is to recover, it will only be at the most horrendous cost in terms of human suffering as well as in massive environmental despoilation. However, there is hope.

The real message of International Women’s Day

March 6, 2016

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Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD). It comes at a time of ongoing global economic crisis and when we, in South Africa, face further massive job losses, turmoil on the university campuses and in the labour movement. Perhaps, as never before, has the real message of the founders of IWD been more pertinent.

SA xenophobia – a personal comment

April 19, 2015

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Watching the xenophobic filth that has again risen to the surface of our proclaimed democratic and supposedly humane society, I feel like demanding: Do not forgive us, for know exactly what we do.

A micro-chip road to real democracy

April 10, 2014

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Some food for thought about the future as the economic crisis continues, elements of barbarism and instability seem to be spreading to various arts of the globe — and as South Africa heads to another election.

Hypocrisy, hot air & some hope for the future

December 6, 2013

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Regular readers of this column over the past decade may be forgiven for feeling frustrated and annoyed by the current goings on within Cosatu and the wider, governing, alliance.  As noted last week, we have heard it all before.  But the irony and hypocrisy displayed now seems to have reached new levels.   Apparently blissfully […]

Party politics dominates Cosatu crisis

December 5, 2013

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Fudging and delay. That was what emerged from yesterday’s eagerly awaited Cosatu press conference. As a result, the questions about the future of suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the prospect of a Special National Congress (SNC) remained unanswered. And it soon became obvious, as the conference progressed, that the reason for the fudging and […]

Mandela: already dead — or slowly dying?

December 4, 2013

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Initial feature published in the Bulletin&Record, Zambia. Is Nelson Mandela dead? Did he die as early perhaps as June 11 and was then maintained in a “permanent vegetative state” only by means of a life support machine? And if he did effectively die, as now seems possible, within days or weeks of his admission to […]