The European Union (EU) has been widely condemned for its neglect of the growing number of people trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa, mostly in unseaworthy boats, to seek refuge in Europe. Nearly 25 000 have arrived illegally in Italy alone this year. Although that is not much greater than the number who arrived during the same period last year, the death toll had rocketed from under 100 to the end of April 2014, to about 1 000 so far this year. Continue reading
In one of his essays, Emmy Godwin Irobi likened Nigeria and South Africa to the Biblical Aaron and Moses, who were endowed with the responsibility to bring Africa out from the bondage of despair, decline and underdevelopment. He noted that history has imposed “the enormous task of finding solutions to some of the most pressing African concerns” on the two regional powers.
To say it my way: South Africa is losing its grip on the continent which is not good enough. Not economically or in Continue reading
SIPRI – World military expenditure totalled $1.8 trillion in 2014, a fall of 0.4 per cent in real terms since 2013, according to figures released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in its comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. Continue reading
By Lucas Mearian – Automotive component-supplier Delphi is about to launch a self-driving Audi SUV on a 3,500-mile journey from San Francisco to New York. The trip, which will begin March 22 near the Golden Gate Bridge, will end in New York City. It is the first cross-country trip by a fully autonomous vehicle, and arguably the longest anyone has made. Continue reading
By Tim Hornyak IDG News Service – The latest book about Steve Jobs suggests the late Apple cofounder’s dislike of TV was one reason he terminated a 1990s personal computer called the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM). The expensive, short-lived machine was launched in March 1997, months before Jobs resumed leadership of the firm as part of its purchase of NeXT. It had a tuner that would have allowed it to double as a TV set, and that didn’t sit well with Jobs. Continue reading
It was ironic, to say the least, that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s government turned down President Jacob Zuma’s proposal for a South Africa-inspired African Union (AU) rapid response to combat the barbaric Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram – yet apparently hired ex-South African Defence Force (SADF) soldiers to train the Nigerian Defence Force (NDF) to do so. Continue reading