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Palestine vs. Israel- Who to choose?

Palestine vs. Israel- Who to choose?

Sandiswa Sondzaba explains how she negotiates the Palestine and Israel conflict with friends who support both sides strongly.
I am incredibly lucky to have friends who are politically conscious and passionate about human rights. Usually we agree on geopolitical issues, which result in the violation of human rights. However, whenever we disagree on who is right or wrong it does often …

Indignation at religious discrimination

Indignation at religious discrimination

Yasmeen Osman looks at the issue of religious discrimination.
Islamophobia. The word itself is quite self-explanatory: fear of Islam. Islam is the one religion that receives the most condemnation in the world. Following the 9/11 attacks, anxiety levels skyrocketed as stereotypes further emerged that Muslims was perceived as a potential threat. Therefore, it can be argued that the post-9/11 world that …

Dress or hide

Dress or hide

Zainab Abdulla reflects on some of her experiences of university life.
Walking into my university on the first day earlier this year was absolutely tormenting. After years of binging on every college movie to hit the big screen, my perception of what my university life was going to be like was completely smashed. The problem about comedy college movies is that …

Can I touch your hair?

Can I touch your hair?

Pontsho Pilane looks at issues around touching a person’s hair.
Very few things create tense debate like any topic related to black women’s hair. In fact, I believe very few topics spark controversy as much as social issues related to women of colour (particularly black women)- but that is a topic for another day.
I remember going to a job interview and …

Consciously Black?

Consciously Black?

Sibongile Malgas looks at modern day blackness.
I recently took it upon myself to educate myself with a light read. My choice of book you ask, well I came across a relatively new series called The Youngsters. It is a pocket sized sequence of seven books written by young South Africans reflecting on their lives and post-apartheid South Africa. One that …

The Red scare

The Red scare

Jessica Hepple looks at stereotypes that link to red and ginger headed people.
Chuck Norris is a ginger. While this may seem unimportant in contrast to the other ‘facts’ known about Chuck Norris, I believe that his unhuman strength and talent, stems from the fact that he is a ginger, which is simply skirted over by others. He had to be …

Deep Affinity

Deep Affinity

Sandiswa Sondzaba looks at the fetishism of Africa. 
When New York Times profiled Nicole Hanley Mellon and Matthew Mellon, it was with the intent of their discussing their newly launched Hanley Mellon clothing line. Their inaugural collection featured 10 items, which were inspired by New York. The designers also intended for their future collections to be inspired by other locations, including …

The politics of being a black voter

The politics of being a black voter

Sibongile Malgas looks at issues that emerged when she considered who to vote for in today’s elections.
I was born in August 1995, exactly sixteen months after South Africa’s first democratic election. The day of the first democratic elections is a day all South Africans should remember and cherish, for ‘we’ were finally free. Fast-forward to today, May 7th 2014. 20 …

On our Long Walk to Freedom

On our Long Walk to Freedom

Simlindile Mbongwa explains how she decided who she was going to vote for in the today’s elections.
7th May 2014, Election Day. This year’s election marks the 20th year since South Africa’s first democratic general elections and my first time voting (yes I’m a born free). This year’s elections are very important as they mark a milestone for South Africa, the …

The Election fence

The Election fence

Ahmed Kajee talks about the factors he considered when deciding who to vote for in today’s Elections.
I have been following the election world quite closely for this election, especially since I am a born-free and I am a first-time voter. Although, all our politicians impressively claim that they intend to further improve our Rainbow nation I do remain skeptical as …

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