Opinion

From the heart of an anguished mother

I speak today on behalf of all the mothers, whose girls have been maimed in the most cruel of ways. After spending an afternoon with the survivors of rape, we shared, we cried and we lamented. They poured their hearts out - and herewith their innermost thoughts. ...Read More

Marijuana farming: who will benefit from legalisation?

There are moments in history when major changes in the economy or society open up new opportunities with the potential to transform economies for those countries that adapt quickly to gain first-mover advantage. ...Read More

Till contract do us part....

What is the original function of marriage? Is it true that life fully lived, includes marriage? Is marriage part of normal life? If so, whose normal? Can two lives completely and fully blend? Is it wrong to tire of that one person and desire to move on? Is marriage logically the most important and the most significant of all the human relationships? Is it really true that if marriage is successful, then life is full and complete; and if marriage fails then life is dwarfed and crippled? Does marriage come by happenstance? Does marriage solve all problems and perplexities? Does happiness forever ensue naturally after you say “I do?” ...Read More

Namibian genocide victims’ remains are home. But Germany still has work to do

Human remains kept by German institutions, as part of their colonial loot, were repatriated to Namibia at the end of last month the third time this has been done. And once again, the process was marred by serious friction, a clear illustration that both the German and Namibian governments have not come to terms with the problems involved. ...Read More

Was Khama a prince among presidents?

Former Botswana President Ian Khama is well known for disregarding the established etiquette amongst Africa’s political elite that turns a blind eye to the pursuit of self-interest by fellow leaders in the name of diplomacy. He repeatedly called for Zimbabwe’s former President Mugabe to step down and openly criticised him. On the surface it seems that Khama’s moral grandstanding can be justified given Botswana’s reputation for good governance and economic stability. Yet looking back at the decade of his rule, this narrative has been hollowed out by a man that showed himself to be less of a leader and more of a ruler. ...Read More

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