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Bitter succession battle looms in Zambia

November 8, 2014

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A wide-open and bitter Zambian presidential contest seems on the cards especially because, on his deathbed in a London hospital President Michael Sata nominated a backbench MP as his successor.

‘Prodigal daughters’ speak out

May 15, 2013

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The position of women in the exile liberation movements — a largely neglected aspect of SA history — will feature this year at the Franschhoek Literary Festival in a discussion on the book Prodigal daughters

Threat of Egypt’s ‘morality police’

January 25, 2012

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The fact that the radical Islamist Nour (Light) party scored nearly 30 per cent in the recent Egyptian elections has given rise to a worrying development: religious vigilantes. And with Islamists of one or other variety comprising the largest bloc in the new parliament, the country waits to see how strong is the influence of the fundamentalist Salafi.

Remembering the ‘Battle of Auckland’

September 13, 2011

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There were two major rugby events in New Zealand on Sunday, September 11. In the capital, Wellington, the Springboks faced Wales in their first defence of the World Cup; 640 km to the north, in the economic centre of Auckland, anti-apartheid veterans marched to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the anti-apartheid "Battle of Auckland”.

Libya: battles won, a war still simmers

August 30, 2011

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Twice over the past week following the claimed fall of Tripoli to rebel forces, Muammar Gaddafi has broadcast on radio calling for his loyalists to rise up against the “rats”. He has vowed "martyrdom or victory" and death certainly seems to await him given the solemn pledges by rebel fighters to "cut him to pieces" if and when he is found.

International focus stirs media on farm workers’ plight

August 27, 2011

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It took a report from an international human rights body before the plight of a probable majority of farm workers in South Africa made front page news. But the abuse and mistreatment listed has been complained about for more than a decade by trade unions and welfare organisations working in the agricultural sector.

Egypt: a new tomorrow dawns

February 17, 2011

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Eva Haroun, who was in Tahrir Square on January 25 and on February 11 to witness both the start and the climax of Egypt’s popular uprising, reports from Cairo on the euphoria of the moment and the hopes and concerns for the future.