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    • Ramaphosa, and the Soft Tyranny of Low Expectations

      Ramaphosa, and the Soft Tyranny of Low Expectations0

      South African social media have been even more intemperate than usual since Cyril Ramaphosa was elected ANC leader – and yes, I realise how implausible that might sound. It nevertheless strikes me as true in light of the volume of comment I read calling for President Zuma’s head (sometimes quite literally), now that he was

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    • Black Panther and the Democracy of Imagination

      Black Panther and the Democracy of Imagination0

      “At the end of the day, a filmmaker’s most important tool is humanity” – Ryan Coogler  The story is probably too familiar now. It involved a black boy by the name of Malcom Little. When a white teacher asked him what he thought of becoming, his young mind sparked with imagination: “Well, yes, sir, I’ve been thinking I’d

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    • Signs of a Museveni fatigue: It is Kyadondo East, not North

      Signs of a Museveni fatigue: It is Kyadondo East, not North0

      The young friend of ours is called Honorable Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu AKA Bobi Wine, and he represents Kyadondo East, not North as you assert in your latest misguided missive that is out of touch. What are the security services doing in collecting Honorable Kyagulanyi’s messages? I thought their role does not include involving themselves in

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    • Caster Semenya, and Fairness in Sport (and Life)

      Caster Semenya, and Fairness in Sport (and Life)0

      If we were to design athletic competition from scratch, how would we proceed? I think, given all the biases we’ve challenged or discarded since the first time athletic competition was tracked (sex, gender, race), we’d hope to find some way to match competitors in a way that created the spectacle required, and rewarded skill and

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