February 22, 2013

The Pistorius Case Is an Empty Vessel

Deborah Orr, The Guardian

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A crucial attraction of the story is its intense vulnerability to speculation. It offers an irresistible invitation for all kinds of people to project or act out their prejudices, ventilate their societal critiques and animate their passionately held theories about the world, safe in the knowledge that the motivation for events in Pistorius's Pretoria home in the early hours of 14 February are never likely to be independently and irrefutably established by a third party.

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February 22, 2013
In South Africa, Life Is Guns, Walls & Anger
Russell Smith, Globe & Mail
Nadine Gordimer’s 1998 novel The House Gun describes a familiar post-apartheid South Africa scenario: A white boy kills his housemate with “the house gun.” His parents cannot believe that he would do so deliberately. This... more ››
February 20, 2013
South Africa's War Against Women
Justice Malala, Globe and Mail
South Africa is a country crying out for a real conversation about violence against women and rape. Not many here discuss the fact that a solution to this problem may have to begin with a discussion of how we raise our young boys... more ››
February 22, 2013
5 Things in Africa That Are Not Pistorius
Hayes Brown, Think Progress
South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was released on bail this morning following the shooting death of his girlfriend, and the cable news networks devoted the vast majority of their coverage to the hearing. CNN alone... more ››
February 20, 2013
Is the ANC Losing Its Grip on South Africa?
Tim Wigmore, Voices
The formation of the Agang party in South Africa is the latest reflection of the failings of the post-1994 settlement. Agang – Sesotho for "Let us build" – aim to capitalise on tensions highlighted by the deaths of 34 miners... more ››
February 18, 2013
The Real Apartheid-Israel Comparison
Shmuley Boteach, Times of Israel
I love South Africa and the South African people. They are among the friendliest and most forgiving on earth, which is why the growing animosity toward Israel is unfortunate coming from a country that has rightly earned the... more ››