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1 Nov

Recently, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research released a book titled At Risk: Writing on and over the edge of South Africa. The book is a powerful collection of personal and intimate stories, related by some of South Africa’s most prominent academics, intellectuals and social analysts. WISER academic, Cameroonian Achille Mbembe, writes a fascinating chapter on his life’s travels. These travels have ultimately led him to Johannesburg. Here is an excerpt from the chapter… (Image courtesy of Johnathan Ball Publishers)

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Movie review: Das Leben der Anderen

1 Nov

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For many in the eighties, watching news about East Germany was as much about voyeurism as it was about politics. The new country’s tireless adherence to the rigid ideals of communism, its paranoia, and its rise and inevitable fall were a source of morbid fascination for TV audiences. (Photo coutesy of imdb.com)

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Travel feature: Montreux Jazz Festival

1 Nov

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For forty years now, a quiet war has been waged on the cobble-stoned streets of Montreux Switzerland. Those to whom Montreux belongs – the residents and puritan archivists of Swiss culture and history – have been in battle with the new Swiss generation, those who slowly want to drag the city into the 21st Century. (Poster courtesy of http://www.montreuxjazz.com)

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