November 2008

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Meeting MDG 7: Is South Africa on Track to Nurture a Sustainable Environment?

Picture: www.ucsc.edu Michelle Pressend - In this time of multiples crises often referred to as the ‘FFF’ - food, fuel and finance crisis - more than ever before, the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7, which is to ‘Ensure Environmental Sustainability’, is a critical goal to achieve. In the planetary ecological crisis, both the North and South continue to prioritise economic growth based on conventional economic models -- the North wants to maintain its high growth rates and the South wants to play...

John Pilger on the World Bank and the IMF

This clip is from John Pilger's documentary 'The New Rulers of The World'. It is argued that debt is being used as an instrument by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to get their policies implemented in the poorest countries of the world, opening up the way for the natural resources of the South to be plundered by corporations from the North.

The G-20 and Biological Warfare

Picture: Adri Felden Dean Baker - Imagine that the United States was researching biological weapons and it inadvertently allowed a deadly bacteria to get into the atmosphere. The bacteria quickly spread around the world, leading to sickness and death everywhere. Fortunately, US scientists have developed a drug to treat the disease, which the United States generously shares with the other wealthy countries and a select group of developing countries. Unfortunately, there are a number of developing countries with whom the...

Obama, America and the Rise of the Non-White World

Picture: Thoth, God of Knowledge Saliem Fakir - It would be a squint-eyed view to read in Obama’s victory just a historic moment for African-Americans in the United States of America (USA). It should be granted that Obama’s entry through the front door of the White House rather than the back door, once reserved for black cleaners only, does mark a turning point in black history. African-Americans have come a long way since the days of slavery, the civil rights movement and many other sacrifices they have had to make to claim...

Are Women More Democratic Than Men?

An interesting question provokes an interesting debate in this clip, which features many well known performers, philosophers, authors and activists including South African actor, Presley Chweneyagae. Women are more caring, but more wily says one contributor.

Atheism and the State of Belief in South Africa

Picture: Kaleo Church Glenn Ashton - South Africans are by and large religious people, with deep spiritual commitment. According to the 2006 annual report released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour of the US State department, over 80 percent of South Africans identify themselves as Christian, with four percent from other religions – Hindu, Muslim, Jewish. It is interesting to note that 15% of South Africans decline to list any religious affiliation. It is amongst this group that the atheists, those who...