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Issue #224
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24 October
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ISSUE #224 ON SALE TILL 24 October
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Arriving in Cape Town: an American abroad

Posted on October 21, 2014  /  1 Comment

When I got off the plane at Cape Town International Airport, it was colder than I expected.

Americans have a tendency to generalise. When thinking about a place so big and far away it’s easier in our minds to just say “Africa” and call it a day. (South America and Asia get similar treatments.) While most Americans could name at least a few African countries, there is a reason being bad at geography is an American stereotype. Memorising fifty states and all their capitals is hard enough, okay? (read more…)

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Hidden gems of Cape Town: The African Music Store

Posted on October 2, 2014  /  No Comments

From indoor antique arcades to pavement drug-pushers, Long street is full of surprises. And the African Music Store is an old favourite. Whether you’re looking for traditional music – from South Africa to Senegal – African hip-hop, jazz, reggae or just a few Afrobeat tunes, this quirky little shop is the place for you. (read more…)

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SA families affected by new immigration law

Posted on September 22, 2014  /  Comments Off

South African families employing child minders who are foreign citizens need to take note of strict new immigration laws, which have caused an outcry around the country and have even led to court cases against the Department of Home Affairs. (read more…)

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Danger for Lebanon’s LGBT community

Posted on September 4, 2014  /  Comments Off

Despite new laws and campaigns in Lebanon to change prejudicial public opinion about members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, experts say they are still under threat. The recent arrest of 27 LGBT people at a popular public bath in Beirut is testament to this, with 14 people still held in detention despite a judge ordering their release. Human rights advocates have also reported the continued use of anal probes – viewed internationally as a form of torture – to ascertain whether a person is homosexual in the Middle Eastern nation where simply being gay can result in a year’s imprisonment. Mona Alami Investigates. (read more…)

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Live from London: the end of Zimbabwe’s independent exile radio

Posted on September 2, 2014  /  2 Comments

“Sadly it looks as though we’ll be closing down next month.” I’m staring at the e-mail in disbelief. After eight years of following the Zimbabwean exile radio station SW Radio Africa, I somehow had managed to contact founder Gerry Jackson right at the moment she was forced to pull the plug. What was meant to be a nice follow-up interview at the iconic station’s undercover north London studios turned into a farewell visit during its final days of broadcasting. (read more…)
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Jack Parow’s ode to us (and other working-class heroes)

Posted on August 25, 2014  /  Comments Off

Best-known for his party-fueled satirical lyrics, Jack Parow recently exposed a surprisingly profound side in a new song, Ode to You.

The poignantly upbeat music video, released on Monday, creates a brutally realistic snapshot of working-class life in South Africa. In it, Parow takes on various working-class jobs – from washing cars to selling our very own Big Issue magazine – complete with his signature oversized cap. (read more…)