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By Cullen Goldblatt    A half teaspoonful of cream of tartar to stop bleeding almost immediately. So precisely and English wifely it begins. Cullen tries to follow a line between a 19th century Cape kitchen (the scrubby veld a tincture jar of cream of tartar) and the dry pale Baobab fruit growing in another Africa and […]

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You Can’t Get Lost in the Samoosa Triangle*

By Rustum Kozain The triangle is geometry’s favourite form. Circles, rectangles, squares, trapezia – all are composites of triangles. And the triangle is powerful. In soccer, keeping players in inter-connected triangles is effective as attack and defence. Some mysticism surrounds triangles. There’s Pythagoras and his hypotenuse. And there’s the Bermuda Triangle. A triangle can be […]

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POLITRICKS IN THE STADIUM

Melanie Boehi discusses how, for politicians, sports tournaments such as the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup in 2010 serve as magical image-production machines and informal meeting space, where work is disguised as play and play disguised as work. Hosni Mubarak was among the first to congratulate Egypt’s national team upon its […]

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SOMEWHERE NEAR THE BEGINNING OF THE MATCH

By Abdourahman A. Waberi* (translated by Carolyn Shread). A small coastal town on the southern shore of the Red Sea, one market evening. There’s a crowd in the main square, deep in darkness, in this market town that lives by the rhythm of night tides and moonlight. The monsoon is at the city gates, herding its […]

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FOOTBALL CANNOT GO FASTER THAN POLITICS

Athletes are not immune to their political surroundings and football, in particular, has always been political for those struggling against oppression. But, as Sophia Azeb argues, the continuing relevance of the game to politics needs to be contextualised. Egypt kicked off their 26 January African Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Sudan in Kumasi as […]

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