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What the American Press Got Wrong About Nelson Mandela: The Icon, the Sellout and the Triumph of Liberal Democracy

  There are many Nelson Mandelas: the communist, the chiefly authority and the constitutionalist, to name only a few. What has come into stark relief since his passing on December 5 is the unresolvable plurality that characterises Mandela’s life and legacy. In the American press, however, this plurality has been muted by two dominant figures: […]

Mandela’s Nightmare: The Night of the Long Knives

“There is a white family out there fucking out [on fear],” sneers The Brother Moves On (TBMO) frontman Siya Mthembu, with a sardonic grin as the local art-rock band moves into a sinister groove flattened by ugly trombone notes.   The multi-racial crowd of twenty- and thirty-somethings gathered at The Lighthouse in the Johannesburg suburb […]

Toppling Mugabe

Even though Tony Blair has denied ever plotting to oust Robert Mugabe by force, it’s something of a poorly kept secret that the British indeed considered a military option to solve the Zimbabwean problem.In an interview with Al Jazeera, former president Thabo Mbeki said “the problem was, we were speaking from different positions. There were […]