Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Cultural Weapon 23 Feb 2011

The Cultural Weapon Mike van Graan In the last few years, there has been much talk, conferencing, seminars, papers about and celebration of the mantra that “culture is a vector of development”.  For example, in Brussels in 2009, the European … Continue reading

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The Cultural Weapon 16 February 2011

The Cultural Weapon Mike van Graan Today I have decided to throw all my parking tickets into the Atlantic Ocean, this in protest against the local traffic authorities who do nothing to police the four-way stop sign near my home … Continue reading

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The Cultural Weapon 9 February 2011

Mike van Graan Recently, I was struck by the front page of a British newspaper, featuring a picture of their Prime Minister and the headline “Cameron: my war on multiculturalism”. The article began with the paragraph: “David Cameron launches a … Continue reading

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The Cultural Weapon 2 Feb 2011

I should have seen it coming then.  In 1993, when I first visited Egypt.  With my new wife.  We were on honeymoon.  (Or rather, I was invited to a conference soon after we were married, and she got the spouse … Continue reading

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The Cultural Weapon 26 Jan 2011

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch released their World Report 2011.  In an accompanying statement, they accused many governments of “accepting the rationalisations and subterfuges of repressive governments” and that “instead of standing up firmly against abusive leaders, (they) adopt … Continue reading

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The Cultural Weapon 19 Jan 2011

Chris “Hush Money” Hani.  Walter “The Sweetener” Sisulu.  Joe “Mr Ten Percent” Slovo.  Steve “Kick-Back King” Biko.  Oliver “On The Take” Tambo.  Embedded in five separate plaques, one below the other, these inscriptions and the image as a whole were … Continue reading

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