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Welcome to my website. On these pages you can find some of my writing on political economy, media and photography. The views expressed on these pages are not those of my employers. Unless otherwise indicated (by direct reference through links), all photographs that appear on these pages were taken by me. My photographs may be used for non-profit purposes only, with full accreditation and/or sourcing. Unless specifically stated, all photographs on this site were taken by Ismail Lagardien. Comments are welcome. I do, however, moderate all comments so as to avoid offensive language or personal and off-topic statements and claims. Apologies, in advance, for typos and other errors. I really miss the privilege of having a sub-editor look over my work before it is published.

Relationship between headline and story in this report is misleading.

By Ismail Lagardien 25 May 2014. From The Citizen, newspaper, today, the unfortunate framing of a story through poor layout, and a misleading relationship between headline and story. Headline says ‘South Africa names first black finance minister’… Third paragraph reads: ‘In the 20 years since South Africa struggled free from the fetters of racist apartheid rule, the economy remains predominantly…

Economics Education is Producing ‘Idiot Savants’

  By Ismail Lagardien In March this year, I wrote an article on the need to challenge the orthodoxy that shapes the thinking of Economics students. My critique was essentially that the Neo-Classical approach, as the basis for all Economics courses in most universities around the globe, was desperately in need of evaluation. This is, of course, not the most radical of suggestions.…

Disappointed by the Prints Made for Exhibition.

By Ismail Lagardien I sent the final two prints for the exhibition and talk off to have them framed. Actually, there is one final print which I have yet to decide on. It is central to the talk, and I need to decide on format…. Nonetheless, the framing was professionally done by Carin Erasmus (wonderful, creative and professional) of Optimum Framing at…

Coolie Woman

By Ismail Lagardien I finally ordered Gaiutra Bahadur’s book, Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, which traces the author’s great-grandmother’s passage from Calcutta to the Caribbean as a ‘coolie’. With the book, Bahadur excavates the buried history of the quarter million other women who left India as indentured plantation labourers. Bahadur was born in Guyana (and now lives in the United States…

I suspect most of us will vote for the ANC, again.

By Ismail Lagardien There was a concerted campaign, sometime before the election that led to the second term of George W Bush as president of the United States, to discredit him – and rightfully so. He was a bad person! One set of criticisms of George W Bush included that he was, actually, a terribly unsavoury character. He loved a…

Watermark all Prints!

 By Ismail Lagardien After finding that two of my photographs were used without my permission I am starting to watermark all pictures I place online – even on Facebook! I should have started a long time ago. As it goes I have hundreds, perhaps thousands of photographs online…. One of the prints used without permission (nor credit) was acquired directly…

Help students challenge economics

By Ismail Lagardien University students have just started the new academic year, and for many first-year students this is in effect the start of adulthood — a time when they start making decisions for themselves and charting their own futures and, perhaps, someday, the futures of many others.  What they learn over the next four years, perhaps more, may well…

The Children of Wupperthal: A Work in Progress

By Ismail Lagardien The Wupperthal project is going to take much longer than I anticipated. Very soon I will need the advice of a publisher, or someone who knows a lot more about publishing. I should mention that the one time I did speak to a publisher, Tafelberg, they were terribly rude and dismissive. Perhaps that is the nature of…