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Migration in the Mediterranean: time to put European leaders on trial

In  June  this  year  two  law- yers filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) naming european Union member states’ migration policies in the mediterranean as crimes against humanity. the   court’s   prosecutor,   Fatou bensouda, must decide whether she wants to open a preliminary investigation into the criminality of europe’s treatment of migrants. the  challenge  against  the  eU’s mediterranean migrant ...

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IMF says it cares about inequality. But will it change its ways?

The International monetary Fund (ImF) has become increasingly infatuated by the negative consequences of excessive inequality. this new-found mission is laudable, but neglects the manifold ways its own policy advice contributed to growing income ine- quality. As lender of last resort, the ImF provides countries in economic turmoil with financial support. In return, borrowing countries must often commit to far-reaching ...

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How popular mobile app played a big role in the last Nigerian election

There is growing concern about the potential for the message and media shar- ing platform WhatsApp to undermine democracy in a number of countries across the world including brazil and India. because WhatsApp is encrypt- ed – and so offers users far greater protection from prosecution than twitter or Facebook – it has become particularly notorious for spreading “fake news”. ...

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There are lots of myths about flu: we debunk six of them

Despite the availability of vaccines for influenza – or flu – the virus contin- ues to kill people across the world. According to the World Health Organisation, flu epidemics result in 3 million to 5 million cases of severe illness and about 290 000 to 650 000 deaths each year. Whenever there’s an outbreak of flu – usually over the ...

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Zuma plays cat and mouse with inquiry: could be a high-risk strategy

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma threatened on Friday to walk away from a judicial commission of inquiry into corrup- tion, throwing the process into tem- porary confusion and uncertainty. An agreement was later cobbled together that will maintain Zuma’s participation in the process. but it may be a short-lived truce as he is likely to continue to use the ...

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Universities in South Africa need to rediscover their higher purpose

For over two decades south African higher education has been dominated by three suc- cessive and contending waves of  thinking  and  organisation. they are: neo-liberal managerialism the decolonialisation of knowledge and, most recently, the idea of a Fourth Industrial revolution (4Ir). by promising to “transform” higher education, each has taken centre stage at universities – or sec- tions of them ...

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ARV breakthrough: trial in south africa confirms effectiveness of new drug

A new antiretroviral drug regimen has been given the go-ahead by the World Health Organisation. this follows the preliminary results from studies that include an ongoing trial in south Africa.the ADVANCe study,   conducted   by a Johannesburg-based research group from the University of the Witwatersrand, will only be com- pleted next year. but early results show that dolutegravir is an effec- ...

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Increasing tree cover could be a ‘superfood’ for mental health

Increasing tree canopy and green cover across Greater sydney and increasing the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space are among the New south Wales premier’s new priorities. Cities around Australia have similar goals. In our latest study, we asked if more of any green space will do? Or does ...

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