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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Ja Nee: South Africa in 2013

My favorite South Africanism is an Afrikaans expression: “Ja Nee”. The expression – “Yes/No” in English – has contested meanings. For some, it signals agreement in a conversation, “Ja Nee, you’re right.” The expression is also used to signal hesitation: “Ja nee, it depends.” When reality is too stark, hesitation creeps in. We hesitate not

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

To Be Young, Angry and Black

The face of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters in South Africa is young-ish and black. Their "redistribute now" missive has earned both valid and lazy criticism. Their tone is perceived by many to be "dangerous" and "irrational"....