Lights, handguns, action

A tangled web SERIOUS business disputes in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley are normally settled one way—the bosses simply hire gunmen to sort things out. For informal-sector mainstays such as hashish production, kidnapping for ransom and currency counterfeiting, the way of the gun still rules this lawless agricultural basin bordering Syria. But perhaps no instance better illustrates the rough business culture here, and across much of Lebanon, than recent armed confrontations between private-generator owners and a local electricity provider

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I had a farm in Africa

Freedom’s bounty CHURCHILLIAN is seldom an adjective used to describe Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, whose ponderous parliamentary speeches are so irresistibly soporific to backbenchers that at least three were photographed snoozing through his recent state-of-the-nation address.

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From Pretoria, with love

MODERN espionage is often a bumbling as well as a murky business. This is certainly true in South Africa, judging by a trove of recently leaked intelligence files. In one cable South Africa’s spy chief is miffed to discover that a foreign spook has his private mobile-phone number—and demands an inquiry into the outrage.

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South Africa: #sexistsa – What Universities Don’t Tell You During O-Week

[The Daily Vox]Orientation is the most exciting and daunting experience for any first-year student. During orientation week, universities usually try to warn students about some of the challenges of first year – exam anxiety, stressing over funding, partying too much and binge drinking. But seldom spoken of is the rush of horny male students looking to hook up with naive first years

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