Africa: escaping the slums | by Jean-Christophe Servant

Africa, the least urbanised continent, still has the highest urban growth rate, nearly 7% per year; 40% of Africans now live in towns, compared with 3% in 1900. By 2030 there will be 760 million Africans, and if current trends continue, more than 70% will live in...

His Hollowness the 14th Dalai Lama | by Roz Chidwick

This month sees an official visit to Australia by the 14th Dalai Lama. A deluxe package, priced at $5,000, will give you the chance to witness the teachings and the “journey of a man of compassion and wisdom”. The main event in Melbourne, a three-day teaching session,...

Target: Africa | by John Feffer

An informal competition took place during the Bush years for the title of “second front” in the war on terror. Administration officials often referred to Southeast Asia as the next major franchise location for al-Qaeda, with the Philippines in particular...

Film Reviews | by Andre Marais

The Trouble with TruthDirector: Marion Edmunds, 2010This engaging documentary tells the story of the Guardian newspaper which was banned by the Nationalist government in the 1950s as part of its general onslaught on the anti-apartheid media and anti-communist...