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Michael Francis

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I have returned to South Africa.

I now teach Economic History and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. I am happy to be back after a couple years away. I had been teaching anthropology at a Canadian University, but Africa called and I returned.

Global warming, more than a heated debate

It is a really important topic but has evoked some really bizarre responses and comment. I personally see the climate has changed in the north…

African slavery past and present

The focus of this article is on contemporary slavery with some remarks about the past. I am not an expert on the subject, but one…

Africans do not (often) keep dogs as pets

Actually many Africans do keep dogs and it is not just the white Africans that do so. There are stereotypes that abound, but like many…

Culture can and does change

The words custom, culture and tradition are often invoked to shut down debate and discussion instead of used as a meaningful way of explaining a…

Ethical farming III — stuffed and starved

I decided to write another blog on the topic to further clarify my position on a few issues and to adopt a more conciliatory tone.…

Ethical farming, part two

I decided to write a follow-up piece to my last blog about the meat industry. I wish to clarify a few points and add to…

Farm attacks and moral panics

I am often one to criticise the media for generating unwarranted fears. I see the swine flu “epidemic” as one clear example of media hype…