Archive for October, 2011

My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

My South Africa is the white man in his ML500 stopping to tow to a nearby petrol station the broken-down car of a young black mother and child stuck in traffic. It is the successful accountant who works for a global conglomerate and returns to Langa, the township he grew up in, to run Saturday […]

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Envoy’s Album

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album

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The Irish residence: A home and a harp

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Irish residence: A home and a harp

Cars slow down at the busy intersection in the heart of Rockcliffe and people stop and stare. The object of their attention is the newly-renovated Irish embassy. Once a modest but stately home, it’s been renovated into a stunning 12,000-square-foot stone and brick behemoth. The residence has had quite a journey to get where it […]

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The art of pairing dairy and grapes

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The art of pairing dairy and grapes

Wine and cheese: At first, the pairing seems natural. Both are beautiful examples of nature and humanity working together. Both can express a time and place from whence they came, and both, perhaps a little less poetically, are the result of controlled spoilage. Unfortunately making the pairing pleasurable is not a simple task. With two […]

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The art of small bites

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The art of small bites

  Over the past decade, food and wine have become a serious part of many people’s lifestyle. Just take note of the number of new restaurants popping up, the myriad TV cooking shows and the expansion of high-end kitchen accessory and gourmet stores. With all these resources and sources of inspiration, entertaining at home may […]

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Win, lose or draw? Mythology of the War of 1812

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Win, lose or draw? Mythology of the War of 1812

Two hundred years after the War of 1812 began, the war, and the question of who won, remains lodged in the Canadian tendency toward cultural mythologizing. The war was fought between Great Britain and the United States and involved Upper and Lower Canada (today Ontario and the southern portion of Quebec, respectively) and many First […]

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The walls of the world: keeping in, keeping out

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The walls of the world: keeping in, keeping out

  Wendy Brown’s Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (Zone Books/MIT Press, US$25.95 cloth) is concerned with the role that walls — the Berlin Wall, for example, or the Israeli wall that winds through the West Bank — play in modern political discourse and economic thinking. She begins by quoting Paul Hirst, the late British political theorist. […]

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‘Robert Mugabe is revered as a hero’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
‘Robert Mugabe is  revered as a hero’

By Florence Chideya Your unfair criticism of President Robert Mugabe as a worst dictator is based on disrespect for democratic choices made by Zimbabweans and Africans, and ignorance of the political situation on the ground. President Mugabe enjoys a majority of total support from Zimbabweans as the 2008 elections show, and this victory is the […]

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In defence of Paul Kagame

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
In defence of Paul Kagame

  In response to an article that appeared in your summer edition, permit me to indicate where Rwanda stands today and where we are heading under the leadership of President Paul Kagame. While your readers know the agony Rwanda and its people went through during the 1994 genocide, and how it shattered our political and […]

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China: More progress, more ‘opening up’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
China: More progress, more ‘opening up’

October 1 marked the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In those years, and especially over the past 33 years since its reform and opening up, China has awed the world with stunning development. China’s development has attracted increasing international attention. How do we view China’s development? In the past […]

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