Remember ''Heineken â€” the beer that refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach''? It was a great marketing slogan. But now, if you search the Heineken website, it is conspicuous by its absence. Advertising and marketing strategists like to move on; staleness is to be avoided at all costs, which is why it is a bit surprising considering the ANC's old slogan ...
Bolivia. You land at 4 000m above sea level, so it is not just the scenery that takes the breath away. Surrounding the country's international airport are the poverty stricken shanty towns of the world's highest capital city, La Paz. Personal popularity will allow Bolivia's active president a window of opportunity to reinvent his government's relationship with its people.
Last Monday should have been formally named ''National Corruption Day'' or perhaps, better, ''Corruption Awareness Day'' -- which has the advantage of an appealingly apt acronym. But Monday's haul represented not so much a few bites as a trawler load.
Tom Devine is a decent American. A fighter for what he calls "free speech dissent" -- whistle-blowing to you and me -- he conceals the steel of a lifelong professional commitment to whistle-blowers beneath a gentle, soft-spoken exterior. It seems like he could not hurt a fly. But when he talks about Executive Order 13303 a quiet rage gathers about him.
As Belize began its long weekend of partying on the night of September 10, the Imperial power of this age, the United States, began a different form of commemoration. The second anniversary of 9/11 appears to herald a new period of, perhaps, a deeper self-reflection. At least that's the hope.
There have been various calls from a variety of sources for a judicial inquiry into the arms deal here in South Africa. And we should seriously consider holding one, argues Calland. South Africa must find a way to address the unanswered questions that remain.
Political parties need money to operate. The question is how much and at what level should disclosure be required. Richard Calland draws attention to the number of left-of-centre parties that cosy up to big business and lose sight of their ideological heritage.
With apartheid South Africa it was crystal clear. There was a transnational, cross sector, multi-class, multi-race, solidarity against the regime and for the people of South Africa. Not, however, in the case of Zimbabwe now -- decidedly and distinctively not.
I cannot believe it. That was the reaction of many people when I told them of the appointment of Chris Stals as one of the six eminent persons who will oversee the crucial African Peer Review Mechanism.