April 2013

Awards event for Zimbabweans is big success

More than 450 people filled a banqueting room to overflowing at a top London hotel for an awards ceremony that celebrated the achievements of people from a southern African country some of whose "best brains are abroad", on Saturday.Innovators, a ...
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Deprived of opportunity: an angry young man speaks out

In the midst of the recession in the UK, and supposed economic recovery, some are affected more than others. This short monologue titled 2008 was directed by Alfred K Mante of Narrow Path Films. It voices the frustration of a generation, trying to make goo ...

Global economy loses billions to Somali piracy

The Somali pirates roaming the waters off the Horn of Africa push global trade costs up by billions of dollars per year and severely affect the economic activities of neighbouring countries, a new World Bank report has found.Although hijackings in the regi ...

Barclays bank halts its 'trade in hunger'

Campaigners are celebrating the decision by Barclays to bow to pressure from them and end its controversial global speculation on food. The giant multinational bank made up to an estimated £278 million from the trade in 2012, a figure that brings the ...

After Leveson: chilling effect on freedom of expression predicted

Following the publication of the Leveson Report, the Royal Charter, accompanied by various statutes, was agreed through a process of cross-party negotiation (often behind closed doors), say international campaign group Index on Censorship.It is highly conc ...

Red Cross attacks US for force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners

Humanitarian organisation the Red Cross has urged the Obama administration to address the situation in Guantanamo Bay that has compelled prisoners to starve themselves.They have criticised force-feeding as a solution to the hunger strike."The issue of ...

Male rape victims fight stigma in Uganda

The expression on Moses Kamba's face is cold and hard, and there is a bitter tone in his voice when he talks. Five years ago, soldiers in his former hometown in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo killed his parents, imprisoned and tortur ...
Margaret Thatcher: Blue Peter interview on Kampuchea

Margaret Thatcher: the woman who 'wrecked Great Britain'

Aging punk rockers, trade-unionists and decent people around the world greeted the news of the passing of Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, with something less than respectful restraint, writes US journalist Alex Pareene.Despite their quaint maintenanc ...