The Plagues and Me

(Commissioned by and adapted from Tony Sutton’s ColdType website: “Writing Worth Reading From Around the World.”) Dear Friends, Comrades, Colleagues, I know you haven’t asked, but thought I’d get ahead of the curve and report that I’m in great shape, mentally and physically — although approaching my prime with unseemly haste I wake to the thrum and thunder […]

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York Road Project: If We Block it, They Will Come …

  It’s time to act. Covid-19 is destroying restaurants, cafés, pubs and shops all over South Africa. And iconic, historic York Road at Surfers Corner, Muizenberg, is as vulnerable and threatened as anywhere!  It’s time to save York Road by closing it. Turn it into a people place.  No cars. No trucks. No motor bikes. No […]

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The Plagues, Max and Me

The great Struggle journalist, Max du Preez, founded South Africa’s fabled anti-apartheid newspaper Vrye Weekblad back in 1998 and revived it in 2019 as Vrye Weekblad Online. He recently wrote an article deploring eNCA TV’s suspension of two of its most experienced anchor/presenters and quoted me. Here’s Max’s article: Yesterday, @XoliMngambi and @JaneDutton made an […]

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The Thursday Evening Trot

Of Journalism’s Church, State and Thursday Evenings This article is adapted from War Reporter by Day, Revolutionary by Night written for Tony Sutton’s international website ColdType (Writing Worth Reading From Around the World), page 47, as part of his Radical Vignette series. It’s the mid-sixties.  I’m 27 and have already survived reporting on anti-apartheid revolts and the Sharpeville […]

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Morgan Almighty

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen — that stillness
becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman My old friend Morgan Freeman has just won the American Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) Life Achievement award for his work in movies and — even more impressive — his humanitarian accomplishments. The prestigious award is given […]

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Free Marketplace of Ideas vs Four Horsemen

So swiftly that not even the most prescient of us heard the distant thunder of their hooves,  the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have galloped into our lives . Their names are Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un and Bashar al-Assad. Together this megalomaniacal foursome — just like the Horsemen in the Book of Revelations — […]

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Jimmy Breslin

A man I taught to write wins a Pulitzer Prize for journalism a while back and dies just this week. The Puitzer is for newspaper commentaries “ … which consistently champion ordinary citizens.” This man wins the Pulitzer because be writes about ordinary women and men — people like you and me — as if […]

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