Africa

An ancient African genome has been sequenced for the first time.

Researchers extracted DNA from a 4,500-year-old skull that was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia.

The famed economist reveals the real reason the rich are getting richer -- and what it means for the rest of us

A critic had once remarked of an artist that a painting is not Indian or European simply on account of whether it is painted in India or in Europe. Similarly, one may say that scholarship is not scholarly simply because it is done by academics.

In these times of urgency, when weak and lazy minds would like us to oppose “thought” to “direct action”; and when, precisely because of this propensity for “thoughtless action”, everything is framed in the nihilistic terms of power for the sake of power – in such times what follows might mistake

photo credit: A reconstruction of Homo naledi’s head by paleoartist John Gurche, who spent some 700 hours recreating the head from bone scans. University of the Witwatersrand, National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation.

Today’s complex global economy has brought new forms of worker exploitation. And globalisation has made workers ever-more precarious.

Building an Underground from Exile [1]

Barry Gilder [2]

Veteran of the ANC, former confidant of Mandela and until recently the spin-doctor of President Zuma

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