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    Nazis, brothers’ Jew-hatred = Islamic jihadism

    Oct 04, 2016 Go comment!
    Muslim Brotherhood were avid supporters of Nazis and by 1945 they had formed a hybrid of Nazism and Islam to form Islamic Jihadism
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    Honouring one of our greatest

    Sep 28, 2016 Go comment!
    Blogger Rolene Marks writes that Peres "was the eternal optimist, a rare quality in this world. He had transcended a decade’s long career in politics..." Read the full blog
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    AboveBoard: Celebrating Yomtov in safety

    Sep 28, 2016 Go comment!
    Erev Rosh Hashanah this Sunday evening is the start of the Jewish festival season. It is a time of spiritual and moral stock-taking.
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    Taking Issue - Fixing Johannesburg’s potholes is part of a grander task

    Sep 21, 2016 2 Comments
    What does it mean for South Africa’s Jews that the Democratic Alliance’s Herman Mashaba, a well-known black businessman, is now Johannesburg’s mayor?
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    Taking Issue: Cyber-hatred in Israel and South Africa are cousins

    Sep 15, 2016 Go comment!
    The boon and the curse of Facebook were illustrated in South Africa and Israel this week in two cases confronting the dilemma of how far freedom of speech stretches on social media.
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    The battle in the bowels of the ANC injures all

    Sep 09, 2016 Go comment!
    An old Swahili proverb reflects South Africa today: Wapiganapo tembo nyasi huumia - “When elephants fight, the grass gets hurt.” It refers to the damaging consequences for weaker individuals and groups in the midst of stronger forces, such as warring government officials and leaders.
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    What to say to a Steven Cohen phenomenon?

    Aug 24, 2016 2 Comments
    When 54-year old, controversial performance artist Steven Cohen astonished a sober gathering of arts lovers last week at the Wits Art Museum by bursting into the centre of them, anybody who happened to be thinking about something else was instantly riveted. He was dressed - actually only partially dressed, since much of his body was naked - in an outrageous get-up consisting of lily-white skin, high-heeled pointed shoes, naked backside behind half a black dress and other tricks.
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    Which Jews to be proud of after 175 years?

    Aug 17, 2016 6 Comments
    It takes courage to denounce the organisation which has been your ideological home for most of your life. Two Jewish anti-apartheid struggle heroes who are long-standing ANC members with deep emotional loyalties to it, have publicly condemned the rot pervading it today, and should be celebrated by South African Jewry for epitomising Jewish values.
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    Humanitarian diplomacy in Syria for Limmud

    Aug 11, 2016 Go comment!
    Dr Nir Boms, of the Dayan Centre for Middle East Studies, conducts research on the Syrian Opposition, and is involved with a number of Israeli-Syrian humanitarian initiatives. He will speak at the Limmud Cape Town conference on August 19 to 21. This will be one of his presentations.
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    Julius - the love story

    Aug 10, 2016 Go comment!
    “Three-year-old political party seeks mature and experienced mate for a long term mutually beneficial “friendship.”
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    Accolades to a Jew of worth surpass narrow dogma

    Jul 27, 2016 3 Comments
    The shift to the right in the world is epitomised by Donald Trump who may become the next United States president and have his finger on the nuclear button. A scary thought. As nationalism and intolerance of the “other” rises, the fundamentalist trend grows too in Jewish communities and other religions including Christianity and Islam.
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    CT, Johannesburg - same country, continents apart

    Jul 27, 2016 Go comment!
    I have been an alien. I have lived in both Cape Town and Johannesburg and in each place it was as if I came from a different planet.
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    Will the real editor please stand up?

    Jul 13, 2016 1 Comment
    An encouraging outcome from SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s crude attempt to censor visuals of “bad” news and give South Africans sunshine journalism portraying the ANC in a good light, is the massive outcry against him. Journalists, ICASA, the public protector, former SABC board members and even members of the ANC have got involved.
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    Take the trouble to learn his language

    May 25, 2016 3 Comments
    When Eugene De Kock - the apartheid assassin who tortured and murdered numerous activists, was sentenced to two life sentences plus 212 years for it, and was granted parole last year - strolled into the Franschhoek Literary Festival two weeks ago to attend a discussion on a book about him, his presence was repulsive even though he had expressed remorse for his apartheid deeds.
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    Beware the seductiveness of crafty leaders

    Apr 26, 2016 2 Comments
    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s threat in an Al Jazeera interview on Sunday to remove President Jacob Zuma’s government through the “barrel of a gun” should sound an alarm as Jews mark Holocaust Day next Thursday.
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    Rapid, job-rich growth, a prerequisite for SA

    Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment
    Defending the Constitution is of vital importance to securing the long-term future of democracy. However, shared prosperity and economic inclusion through growth and employment are also essential if all South Africans are to share in the Constitution’s promise.
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    Johannesburg as the republic’s proving ground

    Apr 20, 2016 Go comment!
    Freedom Day, by design, provokes a contrast between present realities and the aspirations we declared before an astounded, inspired world two decades ago. A livewire contest of 2016 is between the 1994 promise of broad-based prosperity and near full employment within a generation and the realities of living in one of the most unequal societies on the planet.
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    Arts pioneers aim to outpace the barbarism

    Apr 13, 2016 2 Comments
    The battle since December to protect this country’s political values, symbolised by Zuptagate and Nkandla, echoes another struggle for the country’s soul in art, music, literature and other forms. This is epitomised by the disgraceful burning of 23 artworks at the University of Cape Town during a student protest in February.
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    Nkandla: Constitutional Court asserts its moral authority

    Apr 06, 2016 Go comment!
    Living in South Africa is like being on a rollercoaster. We feel ourselves rushing downwards towards disaster only suddenly to feel ourselves jerked forcefully upwards towards becoming a land committed to achieving the highest ideals.
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    How is it dictators receive peace prizes

    Mar 30, 2016 1 Comment
    While South Africans have been preoccupied lately about Guptagate and the future of the country in which a liberation movement leader - President Jacob Zuma - has become a betrayer of the struggle for a democratic country, the bizarre antics of another African liberation movement leader in our northern neighbour should give us pause.
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