Jacques Coetzee

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Stop comparing Modi to Hitler—India is hardly Weimar Germany

Over the weekend, an imposing and inscrutable photo of India’s incoming prime minister, Narendra Modi, was featured on the cover of Open Magazine above the headline “Triumph of the Will.”<p>This direct reference to Leni Riefenstahl’s 1935 propaganda film, which fundamentally shaped the National …

Pioneering facial recognition scientist now fears his work's consequences

Dr. Joseph J. Atick is a pioneering researcher and entrepreneur in the field of biometrics and facial recognition. After investing in the technology in the early 1990s, he went on to make his fortune as the rest of the world started to catch on — by 2011, the <i>New York Times</i> reports that he'd made …

I Was the Child Who Fell in Love with Giger's Alien

It's haunted me ever since a rogue babysitter gave me a copy, aged 9.<p>HR Giger, the Swiss artist who created the alien in 1979’s <i>Alien</i>, died this week at the age of 74. Giger’s work really was “the alien”: in the 35 years since the xenomorph burst out of John Hurt’s chest, the creature has lodged …

Pakistan's Transgender Community Is Hiding Out in a Hostile City

As Peshawar has come under increasing sway of an extremist view of Islam, its community of transgender <i>hijras</i> has been increasingly marginalized.<p><i>Hijras pose in their office in Peshawar, Pakistan. All photos by Abdul Majeed Goraya</i><p>"My father used to beat me and ask, 'Why do you have to go …