- Sipho Hlongwane
Curitiba has successfully used a relatively cheap surface public transport system to transform the city, not just in terms of the movement of people, but the uses, too, of land and public spaces. Integration has been achieved through connecting people, and this has been key to economic progress. By GREG MILLS and LYAL WHITE.
Saudi Arabia shocked the world when poet Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy last week. The poet, who was effectively unable to get legal assistance, has been given 30 days to appeal his penalty. But, says Amnesty International, at the heart of it, it is the West that should be holding up a mirror. And Fayadh’s case is just a drop in the ocean. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Not long after the #MissingMigrants project was launched – and at the height of the #FeesMustFall protests – Daily Maverick interviewed Médecins Sans Frontières project coordinator, Juan Matias Gil, from a rescue boat in the Mediterranean. Gil was unequivocal: a humanitarian approach to the refugee crisis was the only way. Now, following the Paris attacks, not much has changed. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
I come from a country where fear has become instilled into the fabric of society. Crime has so robbed many South Africans of a normal way of life that we have forgotten what it feels like to walk down the street of any big city, during the day or night, without a heightened sense of anxiety. This home-grown anxiety slowly seeped out of me in the past three years since I moved to Paris. Not once have I had any assault on my person or has anyone I know been subject to crime. By MARCELLE BALT.
Claims on Tuesday that South African police have committed to arresting four Israeli Defence Force (IDF) commanders involved in 2010 attacks on a Gaza-bound aid ship will inevitably prompt accusations of hypocrisy – given the government’s recent reluctance to uphold its obligations to international law instruments. REBECCA DAVIS takes a look.
Along the Panama Canal, the types of businesses, international and non-governmental organisations, and research institutions are carefully selected on account of their technology and knowledge component. It is about putting in place the conditions to attract the right skills and businesses. By GREG MILLS and LYAL WHITE
Fact-checking is about simplicity and consistency. Probably for this reason, fact-checking is often interpreted as the petty application of discipline. Part of being a teacher of fact-checking, is studying how such processes work. Fact-checking is not about monitoring, or censoring. It is about transparency. Post what you like, but say where it comes from, share your sources, be open about your process. By NECHAMA BRODIE for AFRICA CHECK.
Hindsight does not un-pollute our rivers and waterways. Hindsight does not resurrect the dead we kill in our wars, or plug the holes in the ozone. Hindsight does not take away the visible bruises of physical violence, or heal the invisible ones of verbal abuse. Hindsight is pretty useless. By JUDITH FEBRUARY.
Daily Maverick editor challenged J. BROOKS SPECTOR to speculate on what things might have looked like if the US Supreme Court had ruled in favour of a full Florida recount in the contested election of 2000, instead of deciding that the disputed vote count in Florida – slightly in George W Bush’s favour – should stand.
In Burma, as she prefers it be called, Aung San Sui Kyi is simply known as “The Lady” – the only daughter of the man known as “Bogyoke” or “The General” her father Aung San who was assassinated when he was the President of the Union of Burma at the age of 32 in 1947. Today is a day of great celebration in Burma – the votes are being counted in the first close-to-true election in decades. A winner may be announced tomorrow, and from the West, there is a convenient but completely false view of what this election means. By JAMES CANNON BOYCE.
South Africa was eventually included in the newest version of AGOA – the African Growth and Opportunity Act – but with an important proviso. This was the requirement that there was progress in sorting out access to South African markets by American poultry, pork and beef exporters. But the negotiations on these questions seem to have come to a stumbling block and the US invoked a provision of AGOA to restrict South African exports of agricultural products to the US in two months unless things are sorted out. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look yet again at AGOA issues.
Let me put my cards on the table. I loathe the excesses and failures of capitalism. It is an inefficient, and corruptible economic system. It is only good for a tiny minority. It is bad for the majority, for the environment, for peace, for equal and non-violent relations between men and women and for rounded human development. Most thinking people should know that by now. I would love to see the back of it. By MARK HEYWOOD.
As the Republicans prepare to engage in their fourth formally sanctioned debate among their multitudinous candidates to be their presidential standard bearer, J. BROOKS SPECTOR puts the debates into some historical perspective, and observes the eerie spectacle of Republicans arguing with their own party about how to conduct these very debates.
As a result of his injuries, Ali Wahdan is unable to find work as a mathematics teacher, and is confined to his wheelchair. The statistics that tally the dead in the most recent Gaza war are routinely disseminated in the media, and in factsheets about the conflict. It’s only when you see a shelled house, where destroyed rooms were once filled with people, and are now empty, that the human cost of the war sinks in. By SHAUN SWINGLER.
Jan van Riebeeck is not big in his homeland. Few people in The Netherlands seem to know who he is and his role in creating centuries of misery in South Africa. Even fewer people are aware he is blamed for the multiple failures and problems we have now, including by our president. Four centuries after “founding” the Cape Colony, the biggest Dutch trade mission is heading for South Africa, led by the country’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Rutte says the Dutch gave us the term “apartheid”, but they also gave us “anti-apartheid”. Now the Dutch are heading to South Africa on their second big voyage, hoping it works out better than the first. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
After two years of work a highly anticipated meeting of Catholic bishops came to an end in Rome last Sunday. The bishops met for three weeks to study and discuss the Church’s response and responsibility in promoting and facilitating family life. Some were relieved that there were no big changes, others disappointed as they had hoped that the Catholic Church would change its position on a number of hot-button issues. Was there any point to the meeting and the entire two-year process? By RUSSELL POLLITT.