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Real threat in Hangberg is marginalisation of the most vulnerable in our society

By Dustin Kramer This article was first published in the Cape Argus on 06 October 2010 It is hard not to notice the degree to which Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato reduces the complexities of the Hangberg impasse into a zero-sum conflict between good and evil (Cape Argus 30 Sept 2010; Sunday Times 03 Oct [...]

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Demanding meaningful engagement: A tribute to Irene Grootboom

By Gavin Silber Over two years ago, in a small poverty stricken community just 40 kilometres from Cape Town, a 41 year old woman died in her shack.  Such an untimely death in Wallacedene – not unlike most informal settlements scattered around South Africa’s urban heartlands – would in most cases hardly be newsworthy. This [...]

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Israel: New bill seeks to outlaw boycott

Israel continues to restrict free speech and political protest. Below is an article from JNews and a Bill that will outlaw calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel. Thanks to Indrajit Ghosh for drawing my attention to it. Apartheid Israel is desperately borrowing apartheid South Africa’s law books on boycotts, non-violent resistance and sanctions. [...]

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Ronald Louw died of HIV-related TB on 26 June 2005

Five years ago Ronald Louw died of HIV-related TB. He was a friend and comrade. He is remembered by thousands of people whose lives he touched. Below is an obituary I wrote after his death and a video insert by Jack Lewis and the Community Media Trust team.

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Israel vows to punish professors who back academic boycott

The state of Israel is increasingly becoming undemocratic. The fundamental civil and political rights of all people (its Jewish and Palestinian citizens) who support an end to the unlawful Occupation of Palestine as well as freedom and equality within Israel are being deliberately and consciously violated. The latest example of this is the deliberate intimidation [...]

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Protest Against Menachem Begin founder of Likud by Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt and Others

In 1948 Hannah Arendt, one of the 20th centuries great philosophers and Albert Einstein one of the world’s greatest scientists supported the creation of the State of Israel but they demanded co-existence between Palestinian and Jewish people. Following the Holocaust, many thinking people would have shared their views. The Deir Yassin massacre in April 1948 [...]

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Equal Education May Sue Western Cape Government — No textbooks

Learners in Khayelitsha still remain without textbooks after more than half the school-year is over. Yoliswa Dwane’s press release below explains why Equal Education is considering taking the Western cape education department to Court. How efficient is the Western Cape DA government? Your views. Zackie Achmat Western Cape Scandal: No Textbooks for grade 12s after [...]

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Vuvuzelas, Racism and The World Cup

A White critic of the vuvuzela writes: You know what vuvuzela stands for? Its the sound of the vacuum cleaner your african auntie is hearing each day all day long in her misserable [sic] job in Europe. After fleeing from vuvuzela sound through Sahara and Mediterenean [sic] Sea for 2 years. har har har har. [...]

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Gay Guide to the World Cup: What does Sep Blatter think?

Today is my World Cup day. My friend Loring McAlpin sent me the best gay guide to the World Cup that I have seen. I wonder what Sep Blatter would think of this but then again he is to busy counting money from corrupt deals to enjoy himself. Zackie Achmat

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The orange dress at the World Cup: a weapon of mass destruction?

Ironically, the Soccer World Cup has highlighted the fact that access to justice is the scarcest commodity in our country. Every person in our country lives with a deep physical and psychological insecurity because of violent crime. The Mail and Guardian article below is an indictment of government and FIFA because it treats some “criminals” [...]

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