When two car bombs were detonated within hours in August 1998 at the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, few people had heard of either Osama bin Laden or al-Qaeda. Nor was anyone that much better informed by 9/11. And that's just the academics. Terrorism had never really featured as a separate discipline in US universities and even in Europe its popularity was in decline.
You can't help seeing it as a kind of back-handed compliment. No sooner had his daughter announced that she intended to train to be a doctor than David Wootton decided to start work on <i>Bad Medicine</i>, a book that comes with the catchy subtitle <i>Doctors Doing Harm Since Hippocrates</i>. Wootton smiles, unfazed by the association. "It's true that my daughter's career choice did spark my interest in the history of medicine," he says, "but the title is somewhat misleading.
He's been accused of being Fidel's stooge, but the editor-in-chief of <i>Le Monde Diplomatique</i> says that unrivalled access to the Cuban leader is something that most journalists dream of. John Crace reports.
Imagine a chocolate-box Jane Austen theme-park Britain, where the poor are kept safely out of sight and the gentle-folk heave their bosoms with repressed emotion. That's precisely the image that many Chinese students have of modern Britain, according to a new report carried out by Greg Philo, head of Glasgow University's (Scotland) Media Group, for the British Council.
Rhulani Nhlaniki is Pfizer’s cluster lead for sub-Saharan Africa. As Pfizer starts phase III of the clinical trial of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, he tells Malaikah Bophela that if it is successful, the company will ensure the vaccine will be available to everyone who needs it