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Azad Essa

Journalists who don’t matter

Some are more equal than others, which calls Western values into question.

SA, India: Kindred spirits in celebration of inequality

In his e-book "No Country For The Poor", journalist Azad Essa tracks the path of two countries which head to the polls. Here is an excerpt.

A life in limbo for young CAR refugees

A third of the Central African Republic refugees in Boyabo are aged between 18 and 30, and they are "dangerously" idle.

Why the case against Al-Jazeera is about journalism not the network

Al-Jazeera is only one part of a puzzle of the growing restrictions on the freedom of expression of ordinary Egyptians, writes Azad Essa.

Selling red

Ali was barely five years old when the Berlin Wall came down. Twenty years later, he sells remnants of Germany's communist past to tourists.

The power of soft capital

Without the glam of Hollywood endorsement, Kiva has been quietly connecting ordinary concerned citizens to aspirant entrepreneurs in the Third World.

The other Imraan Khan

He was just 10 years old at the time of his chance encounter with namesake -- Imran Khan, a Pakistani and world cricket legend.

Prince returns to take over Proteas captaincy

South African cricket selectors reacted swiftly to the Proteas' loss by making decisive changes to the squad for the final match in Cape Town.

SA-Australia thriller beckons — if the weather holds

The dust has barely settled following the first Test, and already a thriller is expected when the Proteas and Australia lock horns in the second Test.

Palahniuk’s twisted and hilarious story about sex addiction

Azad Essa speaks to the producer of <i>Choke</i>, South African-born Johnathan Dorfman, about the experience of making this unusual film.

Ordinary people, struggling to eat

Azad Essa, the IOLS-Research and the M&G compiled a series of stories about how people are being affected by the economic crunch.

South Africa is not immune to food riots

The latest fad doing the rounds: hints on how cash-strapped South Africans ought to save, well, cash. In these harsh economic times (where $1 will buy you up to three loaves of bread in Harare, but just one loaf and a few Chappies bubblegum in Durban) even black economic empowerment candidates have asked their rock-star wives to take it easy on the SUV pedals.

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