I was about to write a scathing piece about rich environmentalists named in an editorial about a proposed gold mine in a poor town in Romania, when a Ghanaian teacher wrote, in essence, a far more eloquent rebuttal.
George W Bush made a few important comparisons in his speech just before the weekend. Reading his speech, I find it hard to understand why people who describe themselves as “liberal” (or, for that matter, “democrats”) are so implacably opposed to the Bush Doctrine.
An answer to: What should a country do about imports from countries that are known to be or highly suspected of using child labour or other forms of ‘slave’ labour or other techniques that are banned by that country?
The elevation of axed deputy minister of health, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, to heroine status is a little farcical. The President has every right to relieve a member of the executive of their duties, for any reason, or indeed for no reason whatsoever.
Like the charred oak of a toasted wine barrel, an acute struggle for liberty imparts rich vitality to an oppressed media. The all-enveloping mix of peace and violence, calm and trauma, relief and fear, elation and despair creates in reporters a sense of history, and of the role and responsibility they have in its unfolding.