The reactions and tributes to Margaret Thatcher's death have illustrated the way in which modern conservatives have emptied the words 'freedom' and 'liberty' of all meaning and import. If (wo)man is judged by the company (s)he keeps, then Thatcher must be judged a champion of despotism and dictatorship, not of freedom or liberty.
As the first generation of children born free of segregation come of age, the August edition of BBC Africa Debate will explore race relations and inequality in South Africa over the last 18 years. A panel of 18 year olds - part of the 'born-free' generation will discuss their experiences growing up in modern South Africa.
Israel Apartheid week is fast approaching and opponents of the Jewish state are busying themselves on campuses up and down the country. With the Red, Green and Black bunting about to go up, sessions by anti-Israel rap artists being advertised and bake sales for the next flotilla being prepared, one can imagine that there is something almost festive about all of this for the event's organisers.