Zimbabwe: White Ex-Farmers Unimpressed With $53 Million Compensation – Say Owed $9 Billion

[New Zimbabwe] Harare -A top farming official says the government’s budget allocation of $53 million to compensate white farmers won’t be enough to solve the outstanding problem of compensation.

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South Africa: The Ongoing Challenge to Decriminalise Marijuana and Other Sacramental Substances

[Daily Maverick]The arrest in December of a 70-year-old Somerset West woman who had been offering psilocybin – known also as sacred mushrooms – during spiritual growth sessions involving hundreds of people over the past five years has highlighted the ongoing question of the illegal use of psychoactive sacraments in religious and traditional rituals or for personal adult consumption.

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Alex De Waal on Meles Zenawi: Ethiopian development in perspective

Alex De Waal is among the most trenchant observers of African affairs and his new essay, “The Theory and Practice of Meles Zenawi,” carries revelatory force. In his article, De Waal tries to rescue Zenawi, who died last August, from an unfair assessment by critics of his role as Ethiopia’s prime minister and domineering political personality over the past quarter century. That Zenawi contradicted the neo-liberal concensus on economic development is de Waal’s starting point

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