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What My Friend Jim Foley Taught Me To Question

Picture credit: The Real News Network Video Forty-year-old journalist Jim Foley was beheaded in Syria by the extremist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The video of his killing has been linked on every major news site in the world. Jessica Desvarieux is a correspondent for the Real News Network ans also a friend and former colleague of Foley. In a moving tribute Desvarieux talks about Foley’s passion for his work and the reasons that drove to him to cover the conflict in Syria. Desvarieux also remembers Foley...

John Oliver on the Shooting of Michael Brown and Police Militarization

Picture credit: NY Daily Video In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, whose killing is making global headlines, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces. Most shocking is the discovery that the city of Ferguson has just three African-American police officers in a town whose population is two-thirds (63%) black. Ferguson is a case of racial profiling gone out...

Nick Hanauer: Beware, Fellow Plutocrats, the Pitchforks are Coming

Picture credit: kerrodhall Video The people over at TED seem to have had a change of heart and allowed billionaire Nick Hanauer back onto their stage. Back in 2012, TED notoriously censored a talk Hanauer gave on income inequality because it challenged some still enduring, but flawed assumptions about who the real job creators are. A self-described plutocrat and unapologetic capitalist, Hanauer is paradoxically calling for changes that challenge the status quo. “No free and open society can long sustain this kind of...

What Is the Role of the Social Justice Commentator In Public Interest Journalism?

Picture credit: SACSIS Video In late July 2014 SACSIS hosted a reflection workshop for our team of writers. Prof. Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg, was asked to initiate the discussion with a lecture on the question: "What is the role of the social justice commentator in public interest journalism?" Friedman framed his address around the question, "How do ideas change society?" His key argument was that change is a complex and...

Stop Blaming the 'Skills Gap' for the Unemployment Crisis in South Africa

Picture credit: Hive Health Media Video The skills gap or skills mismatch argument blames education for the lack of jobs, when instead, it is a crisis of capitalism that has caused the high levels of unemployment in South Africa, and in many other parts of the world, including Southern Europe, argues Salim Vally, co-editor of a new book, Education, Economy and Society. It's a false argument and an ideological hoax to say that we have the jobs but not the skills. Vally also challenges the conventional assumption that education...

SACSIS Replay: No Freedom for Palestine Any Time Soon

Picture credit: RT Video In February this year, SACSIS interviewed Middle East expert, Na'eem Jeenah about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The discussion covered important ground, which we believe is worth revisiting in light of Israel's current attack on Gaza. Jeenah weighs in on the one-state/two-state debate arguing that freedom for Palestinians is a long way off, as it isn't in Israel's interest to fast-track peace talks. "The Israelis are...making a one-state solution the only possible solution. But...