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South Africa, then and now

In all the words emitted on the occasion of the passing of Nelson Mandela, one thread questions whether anything significant was accomplished with the end of apartheid.


Top 14 quotes from Pope Francis, "2013 Person of the Year"

A list of 14 quotes from Pope Francis that help believers and nonbelievers in the quest towards a better world.


Pope calls church to action to liberate poor

In Pope Francis' document, he denounces the anti-human effects of the "idolatry"of the market and the radical wealth inequality resulting from it, but what is really new is making this issue the center of the Catholic Church's mission.


Francis does it again: Attacking the "tyranny" of unfettered capitalism

Francis I is blasting the "tyranny" of unfettered capitalism, economic inequity and financial finagling.


Madagascar to hold runoff election in December

Madagascar today is one of the richest nations in the region, and one of the poorest. It has vast natural resources (gold, nickel, cobalt, petroleum), but 92 percent of its people live on $2.00 per day or less.


Nowadays it doesn't take tanks to overrun Europe

Because Germany has the biggest economy in the EU, and is at the center of a "core" of wealthy nations that also use the Euro - France, Austria, and the Netherlands - Berlin largely calls the shots.


Sudanese rise up against massive price hikes, repression

Sudan's capital, Khartoum, and neighboring Omdurman, as well as Port Sudan and other parts of the country, are being rocked by mass protests and government repression, with the loss of at least 70 lives so far in Khartoum alone.


Agrarian strike in Colombia triggers repression, wider struggle

Angry small farmers are rejecting free trade agreements Colombia signed with the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Rrural people in Colombia are suffering.Eight million Colombians are hungry,


Cuba, Vietnam among 38 countries that reduced hunger

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization announced that a total of 38 countries worldwide have already met all or part of the "Millennium Goals" for the reduction of hunger, malnutrition and poverty.


South Africa: Guptagate and the class nature of corruption

The so-called Guptagate scandal that has gripped South Africa over the past month has further exposed the scale of corruption dogging the ruling ANC. President Zuma was reportedly incandescent with rage.

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