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QA 31. Dec 2011. Class system is off the rails

  • Posted by Helen Douglas
  • On December 5, 2011
This was published in the Cape Times as “Time to make one class fit everyone on Metrorail and get rid of snobbery between coaches”, 5 December 2011. (Apologies to non-South Africans for local content. Will return to more universal matters in the new year. Promise!) I’m glad I can use the train for my daily […]
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QA 29. The national question, or We we we all the way home?

  • Posted by Helen Douglas
  • On September 3, 2011
(This is the original of an opinion piece published as “Identity does not depend on race” in the Cape Times on 11 October 2011) Who are we? is the question posed in a timely series presented by the Cape Times and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Really, it’s incredible. If “I am because we […]
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QA 25. (Oct 10) How to raise better politicians

  • Posted by Helen Douglas
  • On October 6, 2010
The Cape Times (Cape Town) published an edited version of this as “If we are cynical about our politicians, we will get the leaders we deserve”, 1 November 2010 Against the horizon of the media tribunal disputes here, I have been thinking about how we chatterers create the conditions for the political leadership we get, […]
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QA 22 (Mar-Apr 10). Three book reviews (1)

  • Posted by Helen Douglas
  • On April 3, 2010
Three recent reviews published in the Cape Times (Cape Town, South Africa) 1. Re-imagining the Social in South Africa: Critique, Theory and Post-apartheid Society (Jacklin and Vale, eds)2. Nurtureshock: Why everything we think about raising our children is wrong (Bronson & Merryman)3. Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling (Chabal) Re-imagining the Social in South […]
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QA 22 (Mar-Apr 10). Three book reviews (2)

  • Posted by Helen Douglas
  • On April 3, 2010
Nurtureshock: Why everything we think about raising our children is wrongPo Bronson & Ashley MerrymanEbury Press Reviewed by Helen Douglas (Cape Times, 12 February 2010) It’s a close call to say whether Nurtureshock manages to be more informative than it is annoying. The first irritant has to be the subtitle. To whom is this meant […]
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QA 22 (Mar-Apr 10). Three book reviews (3)

  • Posted by Helen Douglas
  • On April 3, 2010
Africa: The Politics of Suffering and SmilingPatrick ChabalUKZN Press and Zed BooksReviewed by Helen Douglas (Cape Times, 8 January 2010) As a Canadian immigrant to South Africa, I have struggled mightily to understand post-colonial African politics. I have a feeling I’m not alone. (Colonial politics may have been horrific, but at least it made sense.) […]
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QA 19. (Nov 09) What’s fundamental?

  • Posted by Helen Douglas
  • On December 2, 2009
From the Cape Times, 1 December 2009, in their series on “The Next Economy” No wonder they can’t fix it: it doesn’t exist Helen Douglas It’s another day in the global financial crisis and I’m looking at the front page of Business Report: “Worse still to come, says economist”. The article offers three expert opinions. […]
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QA 16 (July 09) “There was this goat”

  • Posted by Helen Douglas
  • On July 23, 2009
What do you do when someone says something to you that you don’t understand? It happens all the time. The someone may be someone we know or a stranger. The event might be inconsequential or it might be important. It is always unsettling. The usual, easy choice is to let it go by, hoping that […]
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