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The fear-riddled DNA

What was Egg Films thinking? This award-winning South African production house responsible for several corporate commercials and short films created this video for ‘The DNA project’, a local “not-for-profit company committed to advancing justice through the expanded use of DNA evidence in conjunction with a national DNA criminal intelligence database.”

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The Nonviolent Transition in South Africa

The American philosopher Lewis Gordon, in an essay on affirmative action: There are those who praise South Africa for making the transformation to a supposedly post-Apartheid society nonviolently. Without violence?…..

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Street Party, Johannesburg

The series Security [by photographer Mikhael Subotzky] takes as its subject the guards employed for protection by the middle and upper classes in wealthy districts of Johannesburg. It includes a…..

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Eugene Terreblanche is Dead

The murder of  South African white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche, over the weekend, will surely be exploited in the next few days. (Terreblanche was beaten and hacked to death by…..

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THE ECONOMIST ON CRIME IN SOUTH AFRICA

“… [D]espite public grumbles, the [South African] government has had some success. If new police statistics are to be believed, the crime rate for the 21 most serious categories has…..

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TWO MEN, TWO COUNTRIES

I co-wrote (along with my friend Herman Wasserman) this op-ed, copied below, for Canada’s leading daily, “The Globe & Mail,” commenting on the case of the young white South African,…..

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THEY JUST STOOD THERE WITH NO CLOTHES ON

It’s okay to show photographs of black men in their underwear with the implication that they are criminal. That they live in a single sex men’s hostel built under Apartheid…..

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Murs dropping "the science"

Music break from my favorite track of LA rapper Murs. Here‘s a transcript of the song’s lyrics.