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Counter-media: Alive in Baghdad

A group of American and Iraqi reporters has launched a blog, website and YouTube video channel called Alive in Baghdad that “formed to counter the…

Blacks only

It can only happen in South Africa. Where else would you see a sign saying “No white students are allowed to enter”? It is almost…

Let’s not be narrow-minded about broadband

The government’s plan to create a state-controlled company, Infraco, to drive down telecommunication costs and improve broadband internet access has, predictably, come under fire from…

George Bush gets it

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.

It’s Boksburg, not Baghdad …

After watching this video for the fifth time it stops being funny and starts becoming very worrying … Of course, we shouldn’t be too worried,…

Reality sometimes trumps democracy

America is fast learning that idealism is not always capable of being translated into a working reality. Moreover, as in the case of Iraq, the…

Zimbabweans should seize the initiative

At the beginning of the crisis in Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the anti-Senate Movement for Democratic Change, called on South Africa to cut off…

Zim: Quiet diplomacy is the only way!

Prophets of doom are battling to swallow their words as President Thabo Mbeki’s diplomatic efforts in Zimbabwe appear to be vindicated. Mbeki has maintained that…

Would a Barack Obama Presidency be good for Africa?

The American presidential election is about a year away from the national conventions where the Republicans and Democrats nominate their candidates. This takes place in…