Trouble in the Middle East

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Every year, astrologers and fortune tellers, drawing on supernatural powers, make this prediction for the New Year: “There’s going to be trouble in the Middle

Cricket, race, and obsessions

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If anyone thought 2020 would be the year when South Africans stopped being obsessed about race, they were wrong. The year began with more arguments

EWC: the next instalment

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At the beginning of last year, I wrote that 2018 had – in movie terms – unfolded as a cliffhanger. In its plotline, the government

Revolution still the ANC’s priority, rather than reform

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South Africa remains in crisis at the start of this new year. It confronts a flailing Eskom and the prospect of persistent (often Stage 6)

The myths – and horrors – of communism

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Daily Friend columnist Andrew Kenny and I entered into an unintended competition for whose holiday reading was the most depressing. Andrew read The Gulag Archipelago

Boris Johnson strikes two blows for democracy

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Ridiculed and even despised by many British and other political commentators, Boris Johnson has struck two decisive blows for democracy. In the first place, his

Woke meerkat manners

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Years ago, I spent a couple of days in Oudtshoorn during a touring holiday. If you like ostriches or are in the market for feather

Corruption versus ideology

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Which is worse, to be ruled by a corrupt dictator or by an ideological fanatic? The 20th century provides a clear answer. For our own

SA rated among top LGBTQ tourist destinations – but do we deserve it?

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A new index released by American researchers Asher Fergusson and Lyric Fergusson ranks South Africa as one of the least risky destinations for LGBTQ travellers.   

Policy certainty not enough to avoid failed-state status

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A common refrain throughout 2019, particularly from business leaders, was that South Africa was in dire need of policy certainty. Early in the second half