Christopher Rodrigues

Teetering on the brink of collapse: Why Africa must prioritise food security

I do hope that in two decades’ time we will look back at scientist James Lovelock’s prediction that “it’s going to be 20 years before [climate change] hits the fan” as merely another example of bogus prophecy. Right now, we’d be fools to ignore it. For whether it’s talk of global recession, peak oil, runaway…

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Why treat Beijing differently to Harare?

Recent calls by Gordon Brown for a cricket boycott against Zimbabwe are at face value justifiable — after all no one can disagree about the brutal kleptocracy of Robert Mugabe; but think about it less superficially, and it seems to be characteristic of the hypocritical sanctimony of the West. Let’s leave the implications of the…

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The boneheaded prince and the gutter press

According to Prince Harry, his experience as a forward air controller (FAC) giving the final clearance to the aircraft dropping bombs on Helmand province has made him realise that “this is about as normal as I’m ever going to get”. “Cornet Wales”, whom the Guardian showed wearing a baseball cap with the Stars and Stripes…

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The uncivilised state

Examine carefully the history of any state and one is soon waist-deep in blood. Consider just the permanent members of the Security Council: China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. Or the two most recent states — East Timor, and, since February 17 2008, Kosovo? Consider five centuries of colonialism. Five centuries! Consider Auschwitz….

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4,2-million cameras

One of my immediate impressions of Britain has been that there are an awful lot of CCTV cameras about. And not just on the streets where you might expect them, but also in B&Bs, cafés and shops. I have since been astonished to learn that there is, in fact, one for every 14 people and…

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