Keir Hardie, first Labour leader

Keir Hardie in South Africa by Martin Plaut

Originally posted on Hatful of History:
Martin Plaut is a South African/British journalist and historian, writing on African history and politics since the 1980s. He is currently a Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London and maintains this blog. I am very happy that he has been able to write a guest post…

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On a tractor to the South Pole (via Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya…)

The date was April 2006. The place, southern Ethiopia. All around us, a terrible drought, which had claimed the lives of most of the livestock, plunging an already poor community deeper into poverty. For me – and my BBC colleague, Rumella Dasgupta – it was a story, sad, but not unfamiliar. We were busy doing…

Ebola Guinea

Ebola update 8 August 2012 – latest stories

The UN’s World Health Organisation has declared an international health emergency to tackle the Ebola crisis. West Africa’s raging epidemic of Ebola virus is an “extraordinary event” and now constitutes an international health risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. The Geneva-based United Nations health agency said the possible consequences of further international…