George Orwell

 
Importance of preserving the archive
Importance of preserving the archive
There are times when one cannot but think of South Africa as a bleak house of laughter and forgetting. Given our turbulent history, both from the...
Salah and Egypt score own goal supporting Warda
Salah and Egypt score own goal supporting Warda
It’s difficult to escape his warm and arresting smile, which is plastered all over Egypt’s capital city. The only other person who has that...
Media freedom too easily taken for granted
Media freedom too easily taken for granted
The understanding of media freedom and freedom of expression that some South African political party officials and civil servants promulgate ought...
‘I was there’: Essays that map a life
‘I was there’: Essays that map a life
‘Everything in South Africa has been mind-bogglingly spectacular,” Njabulo Ndebele wrote in 1991. He had in mind “the spectacle of social...
Veteran journo slammed for ‘creepy’ interview with New Zealand PM
Veteran journo slammed for ‘creepy’ interview with New Zealand PM
During an interview on Australian current affairs programme '60...
Modise's sex no concern to pigs
Modise's sex no concern to pigs
"I am not a farmer. I am trying to farm. I am learning. But if you are a woman and you are learning, you are not allowed to make mistakes."
George Orwell back in fashion as Prism stokes Big Brother paranoia
George Orwell back in fashion as Prism stokes Big Brother paranoia
The NSA Prism surveillance scandal has been...
Think about the children who cannot spell 'refugee'
Think about the children who cannot spell 'refugee'
It is time we cast aside the ­shackles of objectivity and nuance and started talking plainly about some of the problems our country has.
Anniversaries from 'unhistory'
Anniversaries from 'unhistory'
George Orwell coined the useful term "unperson" for creatures denied personhood because they don't abide by state doctrine. We may add the term...
Out with the old
Out with the old
A proposed new law, the Second-hand Goods Bill, currently before the parliamentary select committee on security, may sound the death-knell for...
Clinton has run campaign as Bush runs the country
Clinton has run campaign as Bush runs the country
We all saw it. Indeed, that was the whole point. In the United States, the networks stopped regular programming so we had little choice. The White...

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