King Mswati III

In Swaziland, King Mswati III has given the head of the national parks service and its rangers complete immunity in the shooting deaths of suspected poachers under the country’s Game Act. But this has led to the shooting deaths of several subsistence poachers of small game, who were killed …

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The dangers of fracking

In many places, digging and pumping proceed without violent disputes over control of the resources, or major security operations. Yet localized conflicts may arise over land disputes, indigenous rights, environmental degradation, and socio-economic inequalities, often fuelled by ‘old, unresolved grievances and a history of marginalization of the affected groups’. Even …

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Zimbabwes illegal gold mining

With Zimbabwe’s mining towns turning into squatter-type informal settlements—urban centres in which municipal planning and public service provision are all but absent—the government then launched Operation Chikorokosa Chapera (‘finished with illegal gold mining’) in 2006. Its not nice to think about when you go, but look into …

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Getting into the Right Business

Success, in any particular business, depends for one thing upon your possessing in a well-developed state the faculties required in that business. Without good musical faculty no one can succeed as a teacher of music; without well-developed mechanical faculties no one can achieve great success in any of the mechanical …

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