September 2008

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Is Zuma Fit to Govern? Lets Take the Debate Somewhere Else Shall We?

Picture: Albert Bredenhann Fazila Farouk - The media are having an absolute field day with the Jacob Zuma case and their reporting is set to get even more frenzied with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) having appealed Judge Nicholson’s ruling. It’s going to be nothing less than the carnival we’ve already witnessed, complete with tasteless caricatures. Brace yourselves for another round of less than subtle references to the shower-headed Zuma’s rape case. With Zapiro firmly entrenching the...

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

"I may not succeed, but I'm not going to be happy until I see this guy in an American court room being prosecuted for first degree murder. says Vincent Bugliosi when he talks about American President, George W. Bush, in this interview. Bugliosi argues further: "If (Bush) is convicted, it will be up to the jury to decide what the appropriate punishment should be. One of their options will be the imposition of the death penalty. So I'm going after him very...

Darfur Deception

Picture: Peter Erlinder - An Open Letter to Human Rights Colleagues Concerned About Darfur…and Iraq To my dear and well-meaning Human Rights colleagues, The story of displacement and death in the Darfur region of Sudan is indeed horrific.  And, since Sudan is one of the few countries in Africa which has been off-limits to US oil deals and capital penetration, the crimes of the Sudanese government have a special resonance in U.S policy-making circles.  Although it is rare that the Darfur tragedy is...

Zimbabwe: A Future for Political Stability?

Hara Mutasa from Al Jazeera talks to ordinary Zimbabweans about their reaction to the power-sharing deal struck between Zanu-PF and the MDC. Zimbabweans are relieved about the peace between rival political parties, but remain cautiously optimistic about the future.

Is South African Business Ready to Embrace Human Rights?

Picture: Corbis Fazila Farouk - In June this year, the United Nations (UN) extended, Special Representative on Human Rights and Business, John Ruggie’s mandate to continue finding solutions to bridge the gap between business and human rights.  Ruggie’s work is largely aimed at addressing the perils of globalisation given the increasing mobility of big companies marching across the planet in search of the best labour deals in the most pliable working environments The corruptive power of the mighty...

The Story of Stuff

The 'Story of Stuff' is a 20-minute documentary examining the underside of our production and consumption patterns and exposing the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues. Produced by Annie Leonard, The 'Story of Stuff' is a rivetingly entertaining excursion through the supply and demand chain of our consumerist culture.