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Tell your children to abandon their names

I. Creation A soul such as mine am I such a thing to be so markedly special in a world indifferent and cruel I chased a light shooting up toward the heaven and was bathed in the dying glow of a sleeping sunset A ray so pure and straight it sprung from the ocean like […]

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When the sun shines on the other side of town

I Three pilgrims journeyed from the shantytown to the mountain pass above the city where they knelt in the grove overlooking the coastal waters and elegant beachfront buildings. Their climb up the mountain seemed like a premonition come to bear. Having reached the pass, they knelt by the foot of another hill and found a […]

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A comfort for a soft riddle

What do you do when you are unable to look in the face of your father? When you discover the things which make good and old men cry, and hang their heads in shame? And what is the cost of the conscience which comes with life? My childhood had a subtle blending of solid grounding […]

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A moving prayer for five faces

They used to ask me three questions: who will I cry for? What will I laugh for? And what would you pray for? You never realise that there is a soft humour in the burdens of our lives until the weight of it becomes too much to bear. Occasionally, you may be lucky enough to […]

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Four Days Before the Old Man Passes On

My grandfather once told me that to ease the pain which arises from the vagaries of life, you must break from the world, and look at the falling skies from the depths of your soul’s anguish. I have spent my whole life in a deep isolation trying to learn the meaning of these words. There […]

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When these fires are extinguished

Suffering, individual liberty and collective freedom: interpreting self-immolation as resistance and liberatory praxis through a Buddhist-Marxist lens Essay submitted in response to the following topic: Critically discuss Berlin’s critique of Marxism as restricting the liberty of the individual. POL5048S Global Political Thought, Political Studies Department, University of Cape Town “Through an additional act of boldness, […]

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Two Ts in the Heart of Things

There is no home. We will die unnamed buried in unmarked graveyards of broken dreams. And so, we pray for ourselves and our children. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: I give thee unto the grace of the waters of the lord as you sail on […]

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Starring down the barrel of the gun

Samurai Champloo and the discourses of modernity, civilisation and Western power in Japan Essay submitted in response to the following: Both Russia and Japan were “old” national societies with significantly entrenched social relations and symbolic-cultural traditions when confronted by an expanding global capitalism. Critically discuss the key issues of debate on how to respond to […]

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Decolonisation School

Writing on Water: The Haitian Revolution and Universal History

Appropriation of metaphors, disciplinarity and universalism in ‘rescuing’ the idea universal history from its service to white domination The self-liberation of the African slaves of Saint-Domingue gained for them, by force, the recognition of European and American whites – if only in the form of fear. Among those with egalitarian sympathies, it gained them respect […]

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Inclusive Exclusion: the Source and Residence Conflict in International Taxation

Source and residence-based taxation in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and United Nations Model Tax Convention for the avoidance of double taxation Critique insists upon analyzing the systemic relations that exist between all the sites of cultural production and consumption. A politically effective critique of literary education would be better served now by discarding the problematic […]