Miner’s deaths the tip of South African police issues

Since 34 striking miners were shot and killed in Marikana in August last year, South African police have been in the spotlight. Facts and Opinions welcomes aboard Ruth Hopkins, a senior journalist with the Wits Justice Project in Johannesburg, South Africa, to

Manthorpe on North Korea’s crystal meth problem

International Affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe writes today: The hermit kingdom of North Korea is in the grip of an epidemic of addiction to the highly addictive and damaging drug methamphetamine, that the authoritarian regime of Kim Jong-un appears powerless to control. A new report

‘Truth’ and Iraq’s ‘excess’ body count

By Deborah Jones A commentary that accompanies a new report on Iraq’s war dead is more poignant than the statistics cited. The study links nearly half a million “unexpected” deaths in Iraq to the American-led invasion, between 2003 and 2011. Most of the deaths

Zombies: they’re tiny – and these ones are real

They’re called zombies – but their nature is molecular, not Hollywood Human. Their presence is worldwide. And now new research suggests they’re far more frightening than any horror fantasy. Author Chris Wood writes in his Natural Security column today: In Alberta rivers

Hatred and anger erupt in Hong Kong

International Affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe writes today: When a young mainland Chinese women was hit by a truck in Hong Kong and died in hospital on Tuesday, the territory’s social media networks throbbed with messages not of sympathy, but with hatred of

A cautionary tale for America

The travails of Alberta after it defaulted on its debt serve as a cautionary tale for American politicians now on the brink. An excerpt of author Brian Brennan’s feature in Facts and Opinions today: On October 17, 2013, the American government could

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Scientists debunk Liberation Treatment for MS

New medical research struck a “death knell” for hopes a magic bullet could aid multiple sclerosis, a devastating disease with some 2.3 million sufferers globally, reports Facts and Opinions in a new Science story. But curiously, Liberation Treatment is now a social-media

Save us from the madness

By Deborah Jones It’s hard to hear sense in North American politics lately: the static of polarized rhetoric deafens reason and impairs mercy. This is especially so in the United States where, astonishingly, the failure of citizens to elect competent politicians has

What’s In a Slogan?

By Brian Brennan The New York Times has used the well-known slogan, “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” for over a century. The motto was coined originally to distinguish the paper from its tabloid competitors, which trafficked in yellow journalism. Today,