Zimbabwe students view PhD for president’s wife as an ‘insult’

The Zimbabwe National Students Union condemns university Vice-Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura for condoning Grace Mugabe’s bogus doctorate.

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Grace Mugabe’s PhD, awarded just months after she enrolled for the course, has incited protest among Zimbabwean students who view it as a ‘sham’. (Aaron Ufumeli)

The Zimbabwe students union, on Friday, demanded the resignation of authorities at the country’s top university after it awarded a “miraculous” doctorate to President Robert Mugabe’s wife.

The PhD was granted to Grace Mugabe, a 49-year-old former typist in the president’s office, two weeks ago – just months after she enrolled for the course. Continue reading Zimbabwe students view PhD for president’s wife as an ‘insult’

Wealth division in SA and around the world

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French economist Thomas Piketty sees the source of the 2008 financial crash in the unsustainable levels of inequality that characterizes capitalism.

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Marikana demonstrated the age-old debate over how much of output should go towards wages, and how much to profit. (Delwyn Verasamy, Mail & Guardian)
Marikana demonstrated the age-old debate over how much of output should go towards wages, and how much to profit. (Delwyn Verasamy, Mail & Guardian)

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has become one of the most talked-about – if not read – economic books of our times, opens his 685-page tome in the North West province of South Africa on August 16, 2012.

“The South African Police intervened in a labor conflict between workers at the Marikana platinum mine near Johannesburg and the mine’s owners: the stockholders of Lonmin Inc based in London. Police fired on the strikers with live ammunition. Thirty-four miners were killed. Continue reading Wealth division in SA and around the world

Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, pope says

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“We have to go out! So that the church seems like a field hospital,” where the first order of the day “is heal the wounds, not measure people’s cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?”

By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has “no right” to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in “byzantine” philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement.

“We have to go out! So that — I’ve said this before — the church seems like a field hospital,” where the first order of the day “is heal the wounds, not measure people’s cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?” he said to applause. Continue reading Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, pope says