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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

That TIME story that South Africa may outlaw spanking at home

On 30 July TIME Magazine reported that South Africa’s government, in cooperation with some notable children’s rights NGO’s, is drafting a bill that would outlaw spanking at home. If the bill passes, South African parents lose their freedom to corporally punish their children, just like teachers did seven years ago. The article quotes spokespeople from the pro-...

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

People Everywhere

The United Nations is projecting that by 2100 there will be 10.1 billion on the planet. Africa’s population will triple rising from one billion to 3.6 billion. The report, containing this news, was released on Tuesday. Here...

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Keep Africa Alive, cont.

Today is World AIDS Day, which means you can expect the gatekeepers of Team: Save Africa to be in exceptionally fine form. In years past, Bono and (RED) have reigned supreme but this year brings a new...

Monday, September 13th, 2010

‘The Religion of the Contemporary West’

Regis Debray wrote a critique of ‘Human Rights.’ Here’s a summary of Debray’s argument by Jacob Collins in The New Left Review : In the present televisual age, in which social relations have never been more atomized—laptops, mobile phones...

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

For Us By Us?

The Africa we dream of/Only 8 goals away. This from the “8 Goals for Africa” song, which is part of an awareness and advocacy campaign developed by the United Nations System in South Africa on the eight...

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Extreme Makeover

So Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the last leader of the racist National Party (that was the party who invented Apartheid and governed South Africa from 1948 till democracy came) is the favorite for the United Nations’ top climate...

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Conflict of Interest

Foreign Policy’s website has this story: “David M. Crane, the former U.N. war crimes prosecutor for the Special Court in Sierra Leone, and his chief investigator, Alan A. White, indicted former Liberian warlord and president Charles Taylor...

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

BEATING UP POLITICIANS

OK My Club, an invention of Chinese artist Xu Zhen exists to  “beat up” political figures such as US President George W. Bush, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.  The work...