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22 Apr 2016
 
 
 
 
Southern Africa is hobbled by the language and legacy of its histories
THE CONVERSATION
One of the many intriguing ideas of the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, was this: the limits of my language means the limits of my world. Does this explain the failure to see the...
 
 
20 Apr 2016
 
The balancing act of patentability
KISCH IP
Sections 25(2) and (3) of the Patents Act 57 of 1978 explained. Patented inventions can be very lucrative and the importance of the role that patents play in commerce is ever increasing. Referring...
 
 
08 Oct 2015
 
Stereotyping Africa: from impoverishment to 'Africa Rising'
THE CONVERSATION
“Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title.” These are the opening words of a famous satirical essay by the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina in How to Write about...
 
 
28 Jul 2015
 
Newspaper ownership: political influence trumps the promise of profits
THE CONVERSATION
The Financial Times, one of the great global journalism institutions, has been sold by the Pearson Group to the Japanese media company Nikkei. This ends 60 years of benign custodianship, which has...
 
 
26 Jun 2015
 
Do we have the humanity to take care of each other in a post-work society?
The South African Civil Society Information Service
The South African government has finally come around to talking about introducing a national minimum wage. There’s still no indication what the floor will be set at, but this is surely good news in...
 
 
07 May 2015
 
What are African countries really doing in Yemen?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
When Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser deployed tens of thousands of troops in Yemen in the mid 1960s for several years to support a nationalist coup modelled on his own, ‘It was a bloody and...
 
 
06 May 2015
 
Do 5m immigrants live in SA? The New York Times exaggerates number
AFRICA CHECK
After the recent outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa The New York Times wrote that 5-million immigrants call South Africa home. The most recent census data suggests that this is an...
 
 
20 Mar 2015
 
LGBT Nigeria: One year after the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act
CONSULTANCY AFRICA INTELLIGENCE
In January 2014, Nigeria made headlines around the world. This was before Boko Haram became a household name or the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and before the presidential election delays that...
 
 
12 Mar 2015
 
 
 
Black brain, white brain: The new wave of racist science
AFRICA CHECK
The last decade has seen a revival of a very old and long-discredited idea: that intelligence is influenced by racial origin.
 
 
13 Feb 2015
 
Danger in Tahrir Square: Mob sexual violence in Egypt
consultancy africa intelligence
Sexual harassment has long been a problem in Egypt, but mob assaults have dramatically intensified in both frequency and brutality in the four years since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. In an...
 
 
18 Sep 2014
 
Scotland can show the world that small is beautiful
The South African Civil Society Information Service
Since 1945 the number of nations has soared from about 60 to more than 180.  The first wave of new sovereign states came with the decolonization movement of the 1960s and 1970s; the second in the...
 
 
17 Sep 2014
 
Combating Ebola: The use of mobile technology in overcoming health challenges in Africa
CONSULTANCY AFRICA INTELLIGENCE
The ubiquity of mobile phones in Africa has increased connectivity between people, information, markets and services. Mobile phones have straddled the digital divide between urban-rural and...
 
 
24 Jul 2014
 
 
 
Gaza is everyone's concern
The South African Civil Society Information Service
Every time a man has contributed to the victory of the dignity of the spirit, every time a man has said no to an attempt to subjugate his fellows, I have felt solidarity with his act. - Frantz...
 
 
02 Jun 2014
 
Going to fight and die: African fighters in the Syrian Civil War
consultancy africa intelligence
In 2011, Syrian opposition groups opposed to the national government, led by the authoritarian leader Bashar al-Assad, participated in mass, country-wide demonstrations for deep reform in the...
 
 
21 May 2014
 
Militarized humanitarianism in Africa
The South African Civil Society Information Service
As the world remains transfixed by the kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls, there have been increasing calls for international intervention in the effort to rescue them. But what many Americans...
 
 
 
                       
 
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