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Dinner with Late Libyan Leader Gaddafi

Diplomatic reconciliations are also characterised by warm human relations. A lesson learned by Condoleezza Rice, in 2008, during an official visit to Libya. The former U.S. Secretary of State talks about her unusual meeting with Muammar Gaddafi in her memoirs.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 09:08

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South Africa's 50 Year Tradition of Heavy-handed State Intervention Continues


As the cry goes out for "Economic freedom in our lifetime", it is crucially important we share a common understanding of the idea. This is not an easy task. Commentators across the ideological spectrum claim the term as their own, or attribute different meanings to the words.


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 17:38

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South Sudan: Killing for culture

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She cannot say her name. The South Sudanese girl was shot in jaw with an AK-47. But the reason she cannot communicate her identity isn’t because of the bullet wound. It’s because she has yet to learn how to speak. Only four months old, the little girl is a victim of a new wave of violence in South Sudan, which experts have described as genocidal. While inter tribal conflicts are not uncommon, a worrying trend of this fighting is the somewhat deliberate attacks on women and children.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 17:45

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The politics of Nostalgia: South Africa's new struggle

“The judiciary is not transformed in South Africa”, thundered ANC Youth League President Julius Malema after losing his recent hate speech trial. The Constitutional Court had just ruled that singing the controversial struggle-era song “Shoot the Boer” (boer is the Afrikaans word for white farmer) had the potential to incite genocide. In retaliation, a Youth League spokesman implied that presiding judge Colin Lamont was a “settler” and “coloniser”.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2011 17:56

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Troy Davis' execution reveals deep cracks in US justice system

Troy Davis, convicted of murdering a policeman, was executed, Wednesday after almost two decades on death row, a development that has reignited the debate over the death penalty.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2011 13:18

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Zimbabwe: “You can have change without shedding blood” says Tsvangirai

altZimbabwe's prime minister remains confident of victory in the country's next elections. Read the first of a pair of transcripts from interviews with the leaders of rival factions of Zimbabwe's opposition MDC.     


Last Updated on Thursday, 04 August 2011 15:27

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