MAIL & GUARDIAN: Opinion

Even rats enjoy a flutter

She said to me quite plainly: 'If I lose I pay you a million dollars. If you lose you agree to have two large...

US has a critical role

WITH the United States gearing up for war against Iraq and the growing risk that the spiralling Israeli-Palestinian conflict may spill over into the whole region, the Middle East stands at a crossroads.

A heavy responsibility

LET there be no doubt: South Africa's response to last weekend's election in Zimbabwe and its outcome will have a defining influence on the life chances of many millions of people in our region.

Arms and the MPs

The most enduring legacy of South Africa's R50-billion arms deal may turn out to be the terrible injury it has inflicted on our most important democratic institution - Parliament

Failing Zimbabwe

IF deputy foreign minister Aziz Pahad really believes there will be credible elections in Zimbabwe, why is he also begging the developed world not to back off the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) if things go wrong?

Enough paranoia

Last week's <i>Mail & Guardian</i> report on the meeting between the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the African National Congress, at which unionists were accused of scheming to undermine President Thabo Mbeki, went down like a concrete balloon

High shock threshold

It has often been said that South Africa has an unusually high scandal threshold. It takes a mass murder, a rape of extreme brutality, or a body count of hundreds on the roads for anyone to pay attention

Editorial: Morkelgate

The media fest over the relationship between the Democratic Alliance's Western Cape leader, Gerald Morkel, and millionaire fugitive from German justice Jurgen Harksen partly reflects the life and death battle between the DA and the New National Party in the Western Cape.

Long drive to smart cards

The following letter, from an enraged Multichoice customer in Mtubatuba, was sent to me via the Mail & Guardian in September. In a display...

Cometh the hour

As talk show hosts go there aren't many who come anywhere near Michael Parkinson. With his easy geniality and almost complete lack of intrusive...

Children who need no chains

Over the past two weekends BBC World has been broadcasting a two-part documentary called The Slave Children, inspired by the news, last April, of...

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