Power to black power

Good legislation is made when it achieves the careful balances required to satisfy the different interests in society. Such balance means a law does not favour any particular interest group and therefore prejudice another.

The long walk to civil disobedience

The campaign for Aids treatment is also a fight for the ANC's traditions of freedom and dignity, writes Zackie Achmat.

Enemies of decency

In these times of helplessness, there are only so many words one can say about the wretched war being fought in the desert of Iraq and there only so many slogans that can be chanted in opposition to it.

Bush and the English language

This war business gets no easier to understand... especially while trying to decipher what George 'A Metaphor For Every Occasion' Bush is actually saying...

A war of whores

So there's going be a war. So there's going to be regime change in Baghdad. So there's going to be lots of "collateral damage" in the form of thousands of dead Arabs. So what?

Premier must break his silence

The <i>Mail & Guardian</i>'s decision to report allegations that North West Premier Popo Molefe sexually molested a pre-teen girl is certain to arouse controversy.

The best medicine for the people

Those worst affected by Aids need much more than anti-retrovirals. If the money is available it should arguably be spent on extending social welfare, basic services and supporting subsistence agriculture as well as boosting prevention programmes if we really want to help those worst affected by HIV/Aids.

Lessons from imperial history

Britain's 1879 invasion of the Zulu kingdom and the looming US war against Iraq have much in common. A closer examination of what happened in the South African past, of how the exercise of imperial violence shaped South Africa, does enable us to understand the present more clearly

For whom has the tide turned?

Policy-makers refuse to acknowledge that the majority live in economic depression. We have turned the tide, but neither the president, who told us this, nor the corporate economists, who enthusiastically agree, offer any positive projections on the economy's ability to create jobs

The appalling silence of Tim Lamb

To describe the behaviour of the World Cup cricket administrators as slimy would be to praise it. Consider only one act: Mr Tim Lamb's cynical decision to withhold from the English cricket team any knowledge of death threats made to them and their families.

Play by the rules

While there is no evidence that any of South Africa's cherished freedoms are under threat, there are signs that we are not paying enough attention to developing the norms and systems that will protect its long-term health.

Heat up Mugabe’s meltdown

In the course of Zimbabwe's painful road to total disintegration, the South African authorities have consistently chanted the mantra that things are getting better.

The secrecy of science

When the former director of a biological warfare facility, in a new incarnation, chooses to establish a sophisticated laboratory where dangerous biological agents are to be kept and analysed South Africans would be justified in expecting vigilance from the authorities.

Time for Buthelezi to own his deeds

Throughout the apartheid era Mangosuthu Buthelezi proclaimed his opposition to the racist ideology even when it was patently clear to even the dimmest cretin that he was in bed with the NP.

‘We do not want to be him’

In his report to the African National Congress's conference in December, President Thabo Mbeki implored members of his party to become the front-line "cadres" in the quest to "defeat the networks of corruption" threatening the reconstruction and development of South African society.

Our quality of life has peaked – it’s downhill now

With the turning of every year we expect our lives to improve. As long as the economy continues to grow, we imagine, the world will become a more congenial place in which to live. There is no basis for this belief if we take into account such factors as pollution and the depletion of natural capital

Misleading from the front

The late Parks Mankahlana, who had an ear for the neat catchphrase, once described President Thabo Mbeki as "a revolutionary nationalist". The problem is that revolutionaries do not make good social democrats.

How to start smoking (again)

I have started smoking about seven times. The best one was the last. It always is. Practice makes perfect, so you have a more textured awareness of what is unfolding. There's the moment of fatal nostalgia, the decision, the dizzy embrace and, between 10 and 15 minutes later, the desire to repeat.