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Coronavirus variants have new names: we can finally stop stigmatising countries
Coronavirus variants have new names: we can finally stop stigmatising countriesArticle

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a new naming system for the coronavirus that uses Greek letters to refer to the different variants...

Ed Feil 3 Jun 2021

Social media platforms with the most content violations
Social media platforms with the most content violationsArticle

Donald Trump, Azealia Banks, and Wiley are all celebrities who have been permanently banned from social media platforms, for reasons spanning from harassment, copyright violations, to the spreading of fake news...

10 May 2021

What is shaping culture? Conspiracy theories
What is shaping culture? Conspiracy theoriesArticle

Why do people believe conspiracy theories, and who is in the wrong?

Brett Rogers 18 Mar 2021

Hydroxychloroquine does not reduce death in Covid-19 cases
International study shows hydroxychloroquine does not reduce Covid-19 deathsArticle

Hydroxychloroquine, the drug touted by former US President Donald Trump as a 'game changer', does not reduce deaths from the virus and may even cause unwanted damage, recent studies have found...

10 Mar 2021

Mike McCarthy on the future of CNN, Trump, social media and fake news
Mike McCarthy on the future of CNN, Trump, social media and fake newsArticle

Mike McCarthy, executive vice president and general manager of CNN International, shares insights on the future of CNN, Trump, social media and fake news...

23 Feb 2021

An aerial view of floating ice taken by a drone launched from Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship in the Arctic Ocean on 15 September 2020. Reuters/Natalie Thomas
It's official, the US is back in the Paris climate clubArticle

The United States officially rejoined the Paris climate agreement on Friday, 19 February, reinvigorating the global fight against climate change...

Valerie Volcovici 19 Feb 2021

As impeachment begins, New York accelerates probes of Trump's property dealings
As impeachment begins, New York accelerates probes of Trump's property dealingsArticle

Manhattan prosecutors probing Trump's real estate business for possible insurance and tax fraud have stepped up witness interviews...

Jason Szep, Joseph Tanfani and Peter Eisler 9 Feb 2021

Biden administration moves to rejoin UN Human Rights Council
Biden administration moves to rejoin UN Human Rights CouncilArticle

US President Joe Biden's administration will reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former...

8 Feb 2021

The new social networks
The new social networksArticle

Move over Facebook and WhatsApp; there are new social networks on the block and they have been taking the world by storm...

Issued by Meltwater 18 Jan 2021

Andrew Duvenage, MD, NFB Private Wealth Management.
#BizTrends2021: The 4 themes for the new yearArticle

The four themes we expect to find traction during 2021 are coronavirus and the vaccines deployed against it; reflation; a global move toward even tighter regulation; and crypto assets, as opposed to only cryptocurrencies...

Andrew Duvenage, 14 Jan 2021

Bryan Turner, partner, Spear Capital
#BizTrends2021: 4 trends that will have a major impact on private equity in 2021Article

Amidst the general chaos of 2020, investors were hit hard. With economies around the world all but shutting down in March, activity ground to a halt...

Bryan Turner 13 Jan 2021

Top crisis communications and brand fails of 2020
Top crisis communications and brand fails of 2020Article

For people, corporations, and global brands, 2020 went from "twenty plenty" to "twenty empty"...

Madelain Roscher 14 Dec 2020

The forex roller coaster rider isn't over yet
The forex roller coaster rider isn't over yetArticle

With the US elections still fresh in our minds, a Covid vaccine on the horizon and the South African economy still under significant strain, 2021 is going to be a revealing year...

Daniel Kibel 2 Dec 2020

US election uncertainty rattles markets
US election uncertainty rattles marketsArticle

Global markets will be wildly rattled by the uncertainty of the US presidential election, but investors should sit tight and not reposition yet...

4 Nov 2020

#OrchidsandOnions: Making heroes possible
#OrchidsandOnions: Making heroes possibleArticle

Game changer: Thumbs up for beast; Trump shoots himself in the foot...

Brendan Seery 22 Sep 2020

Boris Dzhingarov
Social media platforms are in the crosshairs ahead of the November electionsArticle

Ahead of the 2020 presidential elections in the United States, social media platforms have been attempting to define their participation and have been coming under fire...

Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 21 Sep 2020

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5 ways coronavirus is deepening global inequalityArticle

Before coronavirus, inequality was already increasing in many parts of the developing world...

Kunal Sen 19 Aug 2020

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Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and societyArticle

In case 2020 wasn't dystopian enough, hackers on July 15 hijacked the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian and Apple, among others...

Laura DeNardis 21 Jul 2020

Chris Moerdyk
Covid-19 boosts trust in traditional mass mediaArticle

The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated very clearly the importance and reliability of traditional mass media while at the same time showing up the flaws and dangers of online social platforms...

Chris Moerdyk 21 Jul 2020

Gravediggers are exhuming old graves in Brazil to open new spaces. Brazil is currently second in the world for cases and deaths, and many consider it the new global epicentre. Sebastiao Moreira/EPA
In many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowingArticle

Around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating. While some countries such as Australia and New Zealand have managed to flatten the curve, in many other parts of the world the number of cases has continued to reach new highs...

Adam Kamradt-Scott 1 Jul 2020

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US designates four major Chinese media outlets as foreign missionsArticle

The United States will start treating four major Chinese media outlets as foreign embassies, it said on Monday, a move that will restrict their operations on American soil...

23 Jun 2020

3 ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis
3 ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisisArticle

The world has failed to halt global warming. Four years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, most experts predict global warming will exceed the agreed thresholds...

Bernhard Reinsberg 12 Jun 2020

The 12 best international series on Showmax this June
The 12 best international series on Showmax this JuneArticle

Golden Globe nominee Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy in Grey's Anatomy) and Alessandro Borghi (Suburra), who's won acting awards at Venice and Berlin, co-star in this adaptation of the bestselling book by Italian trader Guido Maria Brera - an insider's look at the world of millionaire bankers...

Issued by Showmax 5 Jun 2020

Economic cooperation is the linchpin of the US-SA bilateral relationship. Shutterstock
South Africa must get ready for an inevitable loosening of trade ties with the USArticle

Irrespective of who emerges victorious between the incumbent President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee Joe Biden South Africa needs to start thinking about what it stands to lose - or gain - from the new administration's stance...

Mills Soko 2 Jun 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has accelerated 4IR [Part 1]
The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has accelerated 4IR [Part 1]Article

Looking around our country and at the lives of our people during this crisis, no one can deny the overwhelming importance of internet access...

Alan Knott-Craig 1 Jun 2020

Why Ford, Chanel and other companies pitch in during a crisis - without the government ordering them to
Why Ford, Chanel and other companies pitch in during a crisis - without the government ordering them toArticle

Severe shortages of critical medical supplies have prompted governments to compel private companies to fill the gap...

Elham Mafi-Kreft and Steven Kreft 26 May 2020

A bottle of Covid Organics, a herbal tea that authorities in Madagascar gave to students. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP via Getty Images
Why more must be done to fight bogus Covid-19 cure claimsArticle

Time and again, public nervousness has proved a fertile ground for false cures and claimants to thrive. In this sense, recent claims of Covid-19 cures and antidotes are no exception...

Chimaraoke Izugbara & Mary O Obiyan 19 May 2020

Getting real about fake news
Getting real about fake newsArticle

Social media has proven to be a devastatingly effective spreader of false information, far faster and to a far wider audience than was ever possible before...

Issued by Ogilvy South Africa 19 May 2020

Now you can't give oil away
Now you can't give oil awayArticle

As countries around the world went into lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus, demand for oil collapsed. And on Monday something quite extraordinary happened; the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the grade of crude oil used as a benchmark, turned negative for the first time ever.

Keith Wade & Mark Lacey 22 Apr 2020

Sebastian Wagner
Is Opec still relevant?Article

Scan Western news about Opec from the last few years, and a common thread emerges:The body had a huge influence on the global oil market back in the day. Now, in the shale oil era, not so much..

Sebastian Wagner 20 Apr 2020

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17 Apr 2020

Trump has long been disdainful of multilateral organisations. Stefani Reynolds / POOL /EPA
Explainer: what Donald Trump's funding cuts to WHO mean for the worldArticle

US President Donald Trump has announced the US is cutting its funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) - a decision that will have major implications for the global health response to the coronavirus pandemic...

Adam Kamradt-Scott 16 Apr 2020

Covid-19 public health measures are stalling economic activity. Getty Images
Covid-19 tax relief: a snapshot of what's out thereArticle

Across the globe, many governments have been forced to lockdown their countries in an attempt to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of African countries have adopted similar measures. This has stalled, if not brought to a halt, economic activity...

Lee-Ann Steenkamp 9 Apr 2020

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The printer market will suffer for two years but will recoverArticle

Chris de Beer, Africa regional manager at infoSource comments on how the print industry, like every other industry around the world, is going to be hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic...

Chris de Beer 2 Apr 2020

An aerial view of a new isolation and treatment centre established by the Lagos State government at the main bowl of the state-owned Stadium.
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Covid-19: To test or not to testArticle

"You can't fight a virus if you don't know where it is." These were the words of Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at his briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March...

31 Mar 2020

In happier and less challenging times: world leaders and guests pose for a picture on the second day of the annual G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 2019. Photo by Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images
All world leaders face mega Covid-19 crises: how Ramaphosa is stacking upArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic is an extreme crisis that puts government under severe pressure. It puts the political judgement of the president or prime minister under the most intense spotlight...

Richard Calland 26 Mar 2020

Youth survey resets global narrative on Africa
Youth survey resets global narrative on AfricaArticle

The African Youth Survey 2020 reveals a rising Afro-optimism among the continent's youth, driven by a strong sense of individual responsibility, a post-colonial mindset, entrepreneurialism and confidence in a shared African identity...

21 Feb 2020

Trump and Macron agreed to a detente in their trade spat.
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France-US skirmish over Amazon digital tax shows why the century-old international tax system is brokenArticle

France and the US have managed to avoid turning their recent trade skirmish into a war - for now...

Ruth Mason 10 Feb 2020

This week's top storiesInBrief

7 Feb 2020

South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020
South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020Article

It is no surprise that South Africans view the year ahead with trepidation, however, younger South Africans are more optimistic than older people, and political party allegiance does make a difference to views on the future...

Issued by Ipsos 20 Jan 2020

Winning ads featured in this week's Orchids and Onions column...
#OrchidsandOnions: 1 Stop gets it spot onArticle

Winners: SAB's 'How about none for the road?' ad hits the mark, too. Aussie ad for sperm donation, 'All hands on d*ck', stands out, but would be banned here...

Brendan Seery 13 Jan 2020

Reza Hendrikse
Diversification is key during market uncertaintyArticle

After a quiet start to the third quarter, a familiar script began playing out with President Donald Trump once again proceeding to threaten China with additional tariffs on imports...

Reza Hendrickse 6 Dec 2019

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'OK Boomer' and the great generational stand-offArticle

The generational face-off when grandpa and junior go head-to-head over which generation has it better (Mine. No, mine. No, MINE)...

2 Dec 2019

#FMAdFocus2019: ALL THE WINNERS!
#FMAdFocus2019: ALL THE WINNERS!Article

The winners of the 2019 Financial Mail AdFocus Awards, which recognises and celebrates advertising effectiveness in South Africa, were announced on Thursday, 27 November at the Houghton Golf Club...

28 Nov 2019

Steel industry receives some relief following increased US tariffs
Steel industry receives some relief following increased US tariffsArticle

Government intervention, in the form of product-level exemptions on 36 steel and 161 aluminium tariff lines, following a decision by the United States to increase tariffs on steel and aluminium, has led to some relief for the local industry...

14 Oct 2019

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Of foxes and paradoxes in the media henhouseArticle

Future historians may well scramble to understand what was going on at the Media Freedom Conference in London and the simultaneous Social Media summit at the White House (held earlier this year in July). They will surely be confounded by media policy in the post-broadcast era by looking at these two events. And they will struggle to reconcile what is claimed to be policy against what is actually practised on the ground...

Derek Abdinor 16 Sep 2019

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Structured investments that reconcile the bulls and bearsArticle

President Donald Trump's regular Twitter outbursts imposing or threatening to impose new tariffs on Chinese goods, have reminded investors of just how vulnerable emerging markets are to what happens between the US and China...

16 Sep 2019

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Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across AfricaArticle

In Africa new data suggests citizens' support for press freedoms is in sharp decline...

Jeff Conroy-Krutz 2 Sep 2019

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