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Where have all our role models gone?

Role models play an exceptionally important part in the life of a young person. Young people relate to, admire and, in many cases, imitate their role models during the most impressionable years of their lives. In South Africa, poor conduct by some among the political elite has left many young people disillusioned by mainstream politics. For others, however, corrupt and self-serving behaviour is viewed with approval and aspiration. This paints a concerning picture for the future of our country.

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Mubarak Bala answers questions on his atheism in Nigeria

Islam is sacrosanct in Northern Nigeria. Suffice to say that denouncing the religion can come with dire consequences. It’s just not something you do. Last year, a young man named Mubarak Bala from Kano bravely did just that. He announced he was an atheist and humanist, and rejected Islam. This came with serious consequences, including alienation from family and friends, physical assaults and death threats. It’s been over a year since this happened and TIA wanted to speak to Mubarak to hear what he had to say and to see how he was doing.

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Trade-offs for Namibia’s future

Namibia is one of the driest countries on earth, and yet nearly all Namibians have access to clean drinking water. At the same time, however, only 34% of Namibians have access to adequate sanitation facilities. This discrepancy is not just a development peculiarity. Rather, it shows that achieving one target may come at the cost of reaching others – mostly because resources are always limited.

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A weak rand is bad news for the poor

Within hours of Zuma’s imprudent announcement that he was appointing as minister of finance an ANC backbencher and former mayor to 200 000 people in the West Rand (until residents burned down his house and chased him out), the South African banking index lost R128 billion in share value (its worst hit since October 2001), and the rand fell by 5.4% to a record low of R15.38 to the dollar. Within days, Zuma had to replace him by reappointing a former minister, Pravin Gordhan, to the job.

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The Politics of Control and Ownership over Women’s Bodies

Discourses that shape reproductive and sexual rights in Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe is a predominantly conservative and Christian society which, akin to many countries on the continent, supports patriarchal traditional and religious philosophies. These often-restrictive ideologies and practices are deeply entrenched in conventional Christian churches (e.g. Roman Catholic), African Christian churches (e.g. Apostolic and Pentecostal), and African traditional religion, among others.

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Reversing illicit Financial Losses for Climate Adaptation in Africa

One of the expected outcomes from the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) is that it will provide a framework for actualizing the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development. However, achieving these noble ideals will not be possible without tackling climate change. Although Africa’s emissions remain negligible, the continent is the most vulnerable to climate change because its major economic sectors are highly climate sensitive and its adaptive capacity relatively weak.