Rebecca Davis, Of Good report. sugar daddies and Vavi

While reviewing the unbanning of a film previously banned as provocative, the author relates some of the issues raised with regard to a relationship of unequal power to the recent allegation of rape against Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of COSATU.  The allegation was withdrawn in an internal grievance process of COSATU.  But even if one accepts that that ends the question of rape, which is doubtful, Vavi admitted to having a sexual encounter with a woman who was an employee in COSATU  and thus dependent on him for her employment and any possible promotion.  Hence this was an unequal encounter and  raises questions about the character of consent, if it is given.  This cannot be reduced to whether Vavi is unfaithful to his wife, nor to conspliracies to drive him out of COSATU.  Davis briefly alludes to the way in which patriarchy plays itself out in the work place

Niki Moore,Anatomy of an assassination

Political assassinations are becoming a fairly routine part of political life in a number of provinces and many of the victims are alleged whistleblowers exposing corruption in the provision of housing and other basic rights.  It is part of a broader subversion of constitutionalism and widespread resort to violence to implement private goals, albeit as leaders at various levels of the ANC.

David Massey, Do we have to talk about rape every day?

Bradley Manning verdict

Anglo Coal Set to Poison the Waterberg By Tristen Taylor · 30 Jul 2013

Bradley Manning -judge alters charges ahead of verdict

Edward Snowden and implications for the internet

Democracy Now: Bradley Manning awaits verdict

Rebecca Davis, Why Tutu’s support for gay rights matters

Mandela in Miami. Nelson Mandela has long enjoyed the support of Fidel Castro, and many right-wing Cuban Americans have never forgiven the anti-apartheid leader for it.

US decision to arm Syrian rebels likely to escalate conflict

Will progress follow process in Israeli/Palestine talks by Carl Bloice

How to be a rogue superpower. The USA’s implacable pursuit of Edward Snowden demonstrates the sole superpower’s reach and suppression of information. 26 Jul 2013 13:06 Tom Engelhard

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven

Rebel-woman, sister-fire Chiwoniso Maraire tribute by Shailja Patel and Mbira performance

Interview with young feminist, Athambile Masola