August 2009

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We've Been 'Walking Apart' for Fifteen Years

Picture: Daquella Manera Dale T. McKinley - With all the crocodile tears, gnashing of teeth, post-hoc analysis and mea culpa discourse on offer over the last few weeks of community protests and worker strikes, one could be forgiven for thinking that South Africa has suddenly crossed some kind of developmental and political Rubicon. It is as if recent events have triggered a sudden and combined rush of (relative) conscience over the plight of the poor/workers, a new found, critically informed concern about the character and role of our...

Ten Myths about Blogs

Steve Rosenberg, co-founder of Salon.com and more recently author of "Say Everything,"  a book that chronicles blogging's rise and impact on politics, business, the media, and personal lives, counts down his top ten myths about blogging. Rosenberg argues that blogs are increasingly becoming sources that people turn to for depth of information about particular subjects. Regardless, he contends blogs will never replace traditional media. Watch the clip to hear Roseberg...

The Dark Sahara: America's War on Terror in Africa

Picture: Rachel Bunting Democracy Now - American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, ended the South African leg of her African tour on Sunday, 09 August 2009, before jetting off to Angola and a further four African countries - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde. In light of Clinton's tour, last week Democracy Now published an interview with British anthropologist Jeremy Keenan, who talked about AFRICOM, the US military command in Africa -- an issue that's clouded the Clinton tour in many of the...

If Capitalism Dies, What's Next?

Picture: Rafik Berlin Glenn Ashton - The current global economic turmoil gives rise to the question, "If capitalism dies, what alternatives exist, or will emerge, to replace it?" The question inevitably provokes utterly predictable positioning. The stock response that capitalism has already trumped communism, to the degree that the old communist bogeymen of Russia and China have embraced the capitalist model, is dishonest. Do we really have to take an either/or position regarding capitalism and communism? Western...

What Is Socialism?

Brian Lehrer of WNYC, the largest public radio station in the United States, talks to Barbara Ehrenreich, author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed. Ehrenreich is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Harpers, and the Progressive. She is a contributing writer to Time magazine. They talk about "re-imagining socialism" after Ehrenreich contributed to a series of articles exploring the topic in The Nation magazine in March 2009. ...

What the State's Response to the Anger of Protesting Communities Is Not Telling Us

Picture: BBC World Service Ibrahim Steyn - As many poor working class communities continue to protest against the post-apartheid state’s failure to meet their material expectation of democracy, the only real difference between Mbeki and Zuma’s responses to the protesting voices is that whereas the former has been callous the latter seems more sympathetic. The fact that Mbeki hardly commiserated with protesting communities during his tenure and obstinately denied that South Africa was experiencing a so-called "service...