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By fstimes On 18 Oct, 2013 At 02:52 PM | Categorized As Opinion | With 0 Comments

Pierre de Vos IN one of his most famous poems, the late English poet laureate Phillip Larkin (who never had any children himself) wrote:  They fuck you up, your mum and dad They may not mean to, but they do They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you […]

By fstimes On 1 Oct, 2013 At 08:57 AM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Simon Allison BY Tuesday afternoon, more than three days after it began, Kenyan security forces were finally in full control of Westgate shopping centre, the scene of one of the worst terrorist attacks in African history. “Fellow Kenyans, we have been badly hurt and feel great pain and loss, but we have been brave, united […]

By fstimes On 1 Oct, 2013 At 08:15 AM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Gwynne Dyer   IT was already looking likely that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime would survive – it has had the upper hand militarily in the Syrian civil war for at least six months now – but the events of the past two weeks have made it virtually certain. Syria has already complied with the two […]

By fstimes On 1 Oct, 2013 At 08:45 AM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Flora Teckie AS we approach the World Teachers’ Day on October 5, let us honour those who with dedication and love endeavour to educate the future generations. Educating children and youth is a great privilege and teaching is a profession deserving to be regarded in very high esteem. As the Bahá’í Writings state: “Among the […]

By fstimes On 23 Sep, 2013 At 02:21 PM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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Ranjeni Munusamy WHEN Zwelinzima Vavi decided to address the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) political school on Tuesday, it could be assumed he had something earth-shattering to say. After all, he knew that he had already earned the ire of Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini and other federation leaders by speaking at a Numsa strike last […]

By fstimes On 13 Sep, 2013 At 05:20 PM | Categorized As Opinion | With 0 Comments

Flora Teckie AS we approach the International Day of Peace, it is appropriate to look at the relation between peace and development efforts. To achieve lasting peace in our planet, a critical issue that needs solution is the complex problems of social and economic development that are currently afflicting our societies. It would be unthinkable […]

By fstimes On 31 Aug, 2013 At 01:18 PM | Categorized As Opinion | With 0 Comments

Flora Teckie CURRENT world upheavals and problems are a product of prejudice. These include religious, racial, national, ethnic, gender-based and those of economic status. Remedies to such prejudices, in the Bahá’í view, must “address first and foremost those mental illusions that have for so many thousands of years given rise to false concepts of superiority […]

By fstimes On 9 Aug, 2013 At 11:52 AM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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“I WILL not go into exile like Bettino Craxi was forced to,” said Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as he awaited the outcome of his final appeal against a four-year prison sentence for tax fraud. Craxi, another former prime minister and a friend and protector of Berlusconi’s, fled to Tunisia and died in exile […]

By fstimes On 9 Aug, 2013 At 11:50 AM | Categorized As Columns, Opinion | With 0 Comments
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A COUNTRY whose capital city has able-bodied citizens crowding the pavements to hawk anything from condoms to salted peanuts cannot claim to have a booming economy. Potential foreign investors would not rush to buy plane tickets to scout for prospects. But last week, Zanu PF was apparently given a massive electoral victory. Like many others, […]

By fstimes On 9 Aug, 2013 At 11:50 AM | Categorized As Opinion | With 0 Comments

T is important to be reminded that inherent in the struggle by the African National Congress (ANC) from 1912 was freedom and justice through democracy and restoring the dignity of the previously marginalised black communities. Nearly 20 years later, it is clear that significant progress has been made by the ANC in reversing the negative […]