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What Rights? Violations in Boston and South Africa

Most people in the world know the Miranda rights. The pervasiveness of American films and television series means that at some point during an episode of Law & Order or a Hollywood action-blockbuster, audiences have heard words to this effect: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a [...]

Don’t Call Me a Black Diamond: A Photo Essay by Oupa Nkosi

For as long as I’ve known him, Oupa Nkosi has had his eye trained on the swelling ranks of the black middle class. It’s a long-term project that has taken him from corner offices in Johannesburg’s banking district to weddings in Pimville, Soweto (where he grew up). He has rarely exhibited the works, notably at the [...]

Pharmaceuticals: South Africa Needs to Step Up to Protect Consumers

It could be as late as 2015 before South African consumers can expect any new protection from the pharmaceutical industry and its practice of “evergreening”. Evergreening is the industry term for a practice where pharmaceutical companies lodge modifications of existing drugs to secure a new patent, thus guaranteeing a new twenty-year monopoly and fighting off [...]

Mugabe’s Respect for Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, just when the uproar attracted by Ian Smith’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence couldn’t get any louder. The Lancaster Agreement which Thatcher forced through was signed just before Christmas. Could this be Thatcher’s only gift to the world? A myth has spread, especially in Zimbabwean political circles, that could be [...]