South Africa

Two items.

The first is a long article. It begins:

The central problem of writing about South Africa is that it is almost impossible to explain the country’s slow-motion catastrophe in terms that make sense to foreigners.

And goes from there.

The second is an interview.


6 Responses to South Africa

  1. icr says:

    Defensive comment following the SA article:

    While I agree with you, @hunter14, about the current state of journalism in the U.S. press, I’d venture that your “see, they won’t report on black violence” claim has nothing to do with it. U.S. coverage of world news, especially the internal developments of other nation states, is of little interest until it significantly intersects with the interests of the U.S. There is, for example, a resurgence of extreme right-wing anti-Semitic ideology in Hungary at the moment. Big news in the U.S.? Uh, no.”
    Of course, a bit of a reality check for ya’, whether U.S. journalists do or do not cover it isn’t the measuring stick for whether or not it’s news. That’s your arrogance showing.”

    “Resurgence of extreme right-wing anti-Semitic ideology”? Why don’t we at least wait until someone is physically harmed by the group (Jobbik) he is alluding to? When they do actually physically attack someone that someone will almost certainly be Roma.

    • RS says:

      > that someone will almost certainly be Roma

      Only if mouth-breathers force them to for no good reason – seems to me. Their situation is getting pretty intractable, but they can disperse the Gipsies westward by simply cutting off or cutting down on the welfare. What’s EU’s response – occupy the place to force Magyars to remain slaves, basically, to cross-racial transfers? That’s not viable. Bet on the cut-down and the dispersal westward – or else the whole EU to start footing the entire slavery obligation.

  2. Handle says:

    It truly is remarkable that a country with 0.7% of the world’s population but which produces over 4.1% of the world’s coal and is home to such giants as Sasol should be having electricity shortages.

  3. Dregs says:

    What are you all talking about?! South Africa is “One of the World’s Friendliest Countries”. Just see this Yahoo! Travel article posted today.

  4. rightsaidfred says:

    “South Africa”

    I think people are a little too comfortable with depreciation. We buy a new car, and in a couple of years, it loses half its initial value. This doesn’t bother too many people. Likewise with SA and Zimbabwe: new owners take over, and in a couple of years, the places have lost half their value. No problem, soon we will have a ‘do over’, a fresh start. Somehow.

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