Zimbabwe: A tale of two Chinas | by Khadija Sharife

Zimbabwe: A tale of two Chinas | by Khadija Sharife

‘The last time I spoke to my mum, she said “mwanangu tichiri musango” – meaning my son, we are still in the bush,’ said ‘China’, a Zimbabwean civil society activist based in South Africa.In late March this year, China’s mother was forced to flee...

The UN is part of Palestine’s problem | by Frank Barat

At the United Nations building in New York City on Friday, 23 September 2011, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) addresses the General Assembly in his bid to obtain full recognition of...
Dexia and bailing out the banks | by Michael Roberts

Dexia and bailing out the banks | by Michael Roberts

The large Belgian Bank, Dexia, went bust over last weekend.  It provides a lot of pointers about the role of banking and how it fits into this crisis.  Dexia was bailed out before at the height of the financial crisis in 2008.  Then the Belgian and French governments...

The great billion dollar drug scam | by Khadija Sharife

Alongside pneumococcal diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia,rotavirus-related diarrhoea is a primary childhood killer in developing countries, thought to snuff out the lives of 500,000 children each and every year. An overwhelming 85 per cent of these children...
Egypt’s Bloody Sunday | by Mariz Tadros

Egypt’s Bloody Sunday | by Mariz Tadros

At first, it looked like a repeat of the worst state brutality during the January 25 uprisings that unseated the ex-president of Egypt, Husni Mubarak: On Sunday, October 9, security forces deployed tear gas, live bullets and armored vehicles in an effort to disperse...