Bheki Pascal Zwane

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Uruguay, the first country where you can smoke marijuana wherever you like

A new law makes the South American country the first in the world to sell the drug over the counter<p>Alicia Castilla was watering the plants in her garden on a quiet Sunday afternoon when five police patrol cars screeched to a halt outside her home. A team of 14 officers “armed to the teeth” stormed …

Cannabis

Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address 2016 (with annotated stage directions)

Fellow Americans <i>(gestures with hand)</i> – I join you today on this historical occasion, on this momentous day as we mark the beginning of making America …

Solitude’s Final Dream

‘All will come to an end. Everything will parish – me, Macondo,’ Jose Arcadio Buendia thinks with finality. The knots in his mind are finally untied …

A New Dawn

​The female Black Kite perched itself gently on a steady branch of an oak tree. It had known the prodigious grounds of Edo Castle as home since it …

Azania

The king sat, brooding, in his lofty library. A messenger had just reported another sighting of an envoy of Europeans arriving at Dar es Salaam …

Animal Farm Revisited

As the sheep walk aimlessly around the farmstead collecting ‘rare’ grains of feed that were mysteriously dispersed for the third consecutive week on …

A Moderate Proposal

<i>Herein lies the improved proposal for addressing the ever-threatening population growth in the Middle East — Presented by Head of Population Control</i> …

A Week of Firsts

Just when you’re about to throw in the towel on humanity and look up the feasibility of a life as a hermit, you often see a spark of hope that may …

July 24, 2016

Humanity is still able to lament its own daily atrocities, even though most of these acts are repetitive. Lately, whenever one picks up a newspaper …

Turkey-Russia jet downing: Moscow announces sanctions

<b>Russia has announced a package of economic sanctions against Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian jet on the Syrian border on Tuesday.</b><p>A decree signed by President Vladimir Putin (in Russian) covers imports from Turkey, the work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish nationals working …

Russia

North Korea official's disappearance raises fresh purge suspicions

Speculation about a possible new high-level purge in North Korea grew on Thursday after a close aide to leader Kim Jong Un appeared to miss a gathering of the Pyongyang leadership.<p>Choe Ryong Hae, who has been an emissary for Mr. Kim to China, Russia and South Korea in recent years, wasn’t among the …

Reality Check: A climate change conspiracy?

Malema: Give us economic freedom ... or else

On Tuesday, South Africa witnessed the Economic Freedom March, a protest by 50 000 young economic freedom fighters, whether members of the Economic …