Cape Town docks 1879

Cape Town harbour, 1879

I love the photographs that were taken of South Africa prior to 1900. They took such trouble and were so difficult to do, but the images these pioneers of photography recorded were remarkable. I am particularly fond of this one, which shows the docks, with the skeleton of a rotten ship in the foreground. Martin.…

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer – what the obituaries forgot

This letter, by Paul Trewelah, a former South African political prisoner, points to the omissions in the obituary of Nadine Gordimer, that appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Interestingly, another former political prisoner, Morakabe Raks Seakhoa, describes Gordimer in these terms: “we remember her uncompromising stance in her defense of her political homes in the African…

S Sudan children 1

Child malnutrition skyrockets in South Sudan

Child malnutrition rates skyrocket in South Sudan (14 July 2014) Children in parts of South Sudan are suffering from shocking rates of malnutrition, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. More than 13,270 children, most under the age of five, have been admitted to MSF feeding programmes in South…

Andargachew Tsege

Ethiopia: The crime of extraordinary rendition

This commentary on Andargachew Tsige’s extradition from Yemen to Eritrea gives the legal context to the Ethiopian rendition. Martin Ethiopia: The Crime of Extraordinary Rendition By Professor Alemayehu G Mariam Last week, the regime in Ethiopia announced its abduction of Andaragatchew Tsgie, General Secretary of the Ethiopian opposition group known as Ginbot 7 Movement for…