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Meanwhile in Zimbabwe…

Following on from one of the ironies mentioned in the previous entry, I find Arts & Letters Daily today linking to The New York Review of Books: “The Reign of Thuggery” by Joshua Hammer.

…In mid-April, while Mugabe’s handpicked Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) refused to release the final vote count, and Mugabe’s War Veterans marched through the streets in an intimidating display of force, Mbeki had stood hand in hand with Mugabe outside the presidential residence in Harare and denied that the country was in “crisis.”

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Great movie, great ironies: “Cry Freedom” 21 years on

If David Smith is still following this blog, he will recall that Cry Freedom (1987) was one of the items in our Year 10 course way back in 1996. If I remember correctly it supplemented our study of that beautiful novel Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, bringing aspects of that story up to date. I distinctly recall David modestly and truly saying that he had, as a matter of fact, met Desmond Tutu, and becoming from that point on a ready reference on South African politics for the class. I had of course a few years earlier worked with many South African Jews at Masada College; there is a scene in Cry Freedom where the police arrive in the early hours of the morning to search for “subversive literature”, and one of my colleagues at Masada told me once that she appreciated most about Australia that the police did not do such things here. Some may fear we have moved on a little since 1988 when I was told that…


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