AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Francois Pienaar

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Matt Damon saves South Africa

As you may have figured out my now (from my earlier post), I don’t particularly like the idea behind “Invictus.” I finally saw it and had to prevent myself from walking out of the theater a few times for its historical inaccuracies, banal “rainbow” politics, and reducing South Africa’s political transition to being dependent on

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

That’s not rugby

“Invictus,” the Hollywood film based on Brit journalist John Carlin’s book about the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final–which South Africa’s team won in dramatic fashion on home soil against New Zealand, will be out in the first...

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

WHEN RUGBY SHOOK THE WORLD

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. “Foreign Policy,”a magazine whose blog loves lists, recently published one on “The Top Ten Sporting Events That Shook the World.” Included among the list, at number 6, was...