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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Done ‘debating’ whether “Larney Jou Poes” is free speech? Let’s talk about the conditions of farmworkers

It seems that no music video in the history of South African music, has attracted as much controversy as the Cape Town hip hop collective Dookoom’s “Larney Jou Poes,” which loosely translates into English as “Boss, you’re a cunt”.* In the two weeks since its release, it has attracted over 50,000 views and inspired innumerable

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

What’s the matter with … R.W. Johnson

The South African RW Johnson has undergone a transformation of youthful radical to smug “anti-apartheid” liberal anti-communist and scholar of the French Left (think Tony Judt-lite), resulting in the final incarnation of a  pompous red-faced “liberal” colonial...

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Don’t believe the media hype about striking mine workers in South Africa

The platinum strike led by new trade union Association of Mining and Construction Workers Union (AMCU), is now over four months long, making it the longest strike in the history of South Africa. The majority of the...

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The Undemocratic Alliance

I do a monthly radio show for Jacobin Radio. Listen at the link below as I discuss the South African "opposition" party, the Democratic Alliance's politics with another AIAC'er T.O. Molefe. In the first half I sketch...

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The loser mentality of white South Africans

The latest piece of mythological drivel on us South African whites was published in that most stoically smug of bourgeois publications, "The Economist," with the title, “Braai the Beloved Country.” This piece (made the rather extraordinary claim...

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