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The world, the text and Edward Said

On his death in the morning of Thursday September 25 Edward Said was Professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University in New York. Said was a towering figure in a number of fields: in literary criticism, cultural studies and Middle East studies, specifically the question of Palestine.

Jumping ship

The Proudly South African campaign is also about creating sustainable local jobs. Yet so many of our country's top dancers, choreographers, opera singers, visual artists and others are plying their trade abroad, unable to sustain a living for themselves here. Let us export our art, not our artists, writes Mike van Graan.

Twisted sister state

What has happened to the tribe that gave us the imposing Voortrekker Monument? The Taal Monument with its seemingly Viagra foundations? Somehow, the koeksister monument, which would come in at a mere 2m in a rugby line-out, just doesn't have the same ring to it, writes Mike van Graan.

Oh, what a tangled web

One thing you have to say for Darrel Bristow-Bovey, he goes out with all his guns sputtering. Last Sunday SAfm listeners heard the embattled columnist advance the rather novel defence that he hadn't actually plagiarised anything because it's impossible to plagiarise material that has already been plagiarised.

Water is the same price from Soweto to Sandton

Commenting on Jo'burg Water's Operation Gcin'amanzi, Roger Ronnie constructs his argument on the fallacious premise that the cost of water in Soweto "is almost eight times more than what those in Sandton pay for the same amount of water". Unfortunately, where he gets this erroneous information from is not stated.

Step into the gap

Cosatu must step into this gap and ensure that its members drive the revival of community involvement in civic issues. In this way its attempts to influence public policy will gain greater clout; it will also be able to win more significant material victories for South Africa's poor.

Securing an economically sound future

The black economic empowerment strategy should not be allowed to fail in its mission of reversing the skewed ownership of economic power in South Africa. Results that are anything short of change are too ghastly to contemplate. Black-owned companies need to become active participants in BEE.

The other 9/11s

It is a suggestive coincidence that this week marks both the anniversary of 9/11, and the 30th anniversary of Pinochet's infamous putsch in Chile. If baffled Americans are still trying to fathom why a band of extremists flew planes into the WTC, they need look no further than the bloody Chilean coup and its aftermath.

Survival in the Big Apple

New York is a city of contradictions, says John Matshikiza, sizing up its morale and sense of comraderie. The shock of September 11 2001 will never completely go away, but New Yorkers have determinedly gone back to being New Yorkers -- proud inhabitants of a city that is like no other in the world.

Zuma must be tried

Where in the world would a deputy president have been subjected to a public investigation without any pressure being exerted by his supporters? One only has to look at the shenanigans of Blair's Labour party to realise that we are about as good as it gets in the real world of accountable democracy.

South Africa needs a Hutton

There have been various calls from a variety of sources for a judicial inquiry into the arms deal here in South Africa. And we should seriously consider holding one, argues Calland. South Africa must find a way to address the unanswered questions that remain.

Let’s make the Aids plan stick

Last week's Aids conference highlighted, denialism persists. For this reason, it is essential to ensure that the proposed national treatment plan actually takes place. And on the topic of untimely deaths, let's pay tribute to two great South Africans we recently lost.

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