By Denise Allen
South Africa is definitely a Third World country, no matter how much we, its citizens, like to pretend otherwise and its reputation has deteriorated under its present stewardship. This is no longer the country envisaged by our first African National Congress (ANC) president Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela – Madiba or Tata to all who loved him.
By Val B. Russell
Maritime stories have always captivated readers with tales of ship wrecks, pirates and the battle of man against the raging sea. Moby Dick, The Old Man and the Sea, Treasure Island etc, the list is endless. Most are works of fiction, fanciful and designed to entertain mainlanders who view the ocean as a mysterious and dangerous foe rather than the living, vital entity it is. In Sea Folk (Flanker Press 2013) Jim Wellman alters this perception by inviting us to experience the reality of life lived on the sea, page by page.
Six talented Poets grace today’s pages:
LM Arnal, Ilona Martonfi, AJ Huffman, Marija Makeska, Charles Bane Jr and Steve De France
Baluchistan is a vast yet sparsely populated province of Pakistan, wracked by tribal feuds for decades. Suddenly it was turned into a volatile region by employing proxies. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) was founded in 1999 and was the main faction, being involved in terrorism, kidnapping for ransom and bomb blasts. Read more »
Gwadar Port is ‘the largest and deepest sea port in the middle of the world’. On February 18th 2013 Pakistan transferred control of its strategically located port at Gwadar, in the Balochistan province, to China. Ninety percent of Gwadar’s business is sea to sea and does not therefore require a large road network. For China, who has long had the ambition of setting up a warm water port, Gwadar is a strategic dream come true. Read more »