Between belief and reality: a personal reflection on Tony Hall’s 2020 Vision for Southern Africa

Dale T McKinley (For ARS NOTORIA) A prefacing note: On 31st January it will have been exactly 13 years since Tony Hall passed away here in South Africa. A bit over a year before his passing, Tony penned a 14-page document that he titled, ‘2020 Vision for Southern Africa’ . While the document did get […]

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Give me that Old Time Religion, it’s good enough for me – and you.

Socialists need to reconnect with religion By Philip Hall I’ve recently decided to become a Quaker. I went to a Quaker boarding school in North Yorkshire when I was a boy and hated the skinheads there, but loved the silences. The Quakers are extremely progressive. Christianity can be quite as profound as the most profound […]

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Jeremy Corbyn is dead – long live Jeremy Corbyn!

The Peace and Justice Project could kick-start the renaissance of the left. The end of Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as leader of the Labour Party left many left-wingers in a state of mourning. When Keir Starmer took up the baton he pledged to stick to the democratic socialist principles the party had been pushing for five […]

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Poet of Honour: Vidyan Ravinthiran

One of the most esteemed literary critics, but a poet at heart, Vidyan has reached one of the most coveted seats in literature as an Associate Professor of English Literature at Harvard. This achievement is more remarkable because Harvard had been notoriously accused of consistently rating Asian-American applicants lower.

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Vive les BDs!

Bandes dessinees (comics) – the French do it so much better. Most of my working life was spent churning out comics scripts for the Disney characters, but much of my comics background was shaped by a culture on the other side of the Atlantic from “the evil empire”. I read and was influenced by French […]

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Fear of Foreigners: discussions with a Welsh Nationalist

What is the difference between being a Welsh nationalist who wants fewer English and an English nationalist? By Peter Field Before I start asking questions I must state my position. I am English, from the North-East of England and I support a United Ireland, an Independent Scotland, a free Wales and independence for the North […]

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Turtle in Stöhrstraße

By Philip Hall + It was the Albanian maid, Meera who discovered it. ‘There is an animal in the water butt.’ she said, agitatedly. ‘It’s black and big like this.’ She held out her pudgy hands. Her smile, which at first she offered, now drooped like a cut flower. ‘Show me.’ said Rose. Meera opened […]

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Monopoly Rules

What is it that pulls us back from the solipsistic abyss of gamesmanship in life? By Neil Newman “When we were children, our mother made the board game Monopoly a little less cutthroat, by setting a house rule that properties could only be exchanged once all the properties had been sold. As there was then […]

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