South African city to seize private land without paying in 'test case'

"Expropriation without compensation" is meant to address the nation's stark inequalities in wealth and land ownership.

An informal settlement in Johannesburg (Photo: Matt-80)
  • Since the end of apartheid, South Africa has seized private land from citizens but always compensated owners.
  • The new proposal is a more radical approach to correcting apartheid-era inequality.
  • However, South Africa's constitution still requires the government to compensate land owners, so it's unclear how the government's seizure of private property without pay would play out in courts.
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Where the water wars of the future will be fought

A new report warns about the increasing likelihood of international conflicts over water.

Abd al-Ibrahim, whose home was destroyed during fighting, as he rests on his trip to supply water to his family at the house they are squatting in the northern Syrian city of Raqa. October 15, 2018. (Photo credit: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A study finds that serious conflicts over water are going to arise around the globe.
  • The 5 hotspots identified by the paper include areas of the Nile, Ganges-Brahmaputra, Indus, Tigris-Euphrates, and Colorado rivers.
  • It's still possible to change course if we are prepared to address the effects of climate change.
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These cities are the hubs of Africa’s economic boom

South Africa is no longer the only place on the continent that has urban wealth clusters

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  • The wealth of Africans is projected to grow by a third over the next decade
  • The continent's wealth is agglomerating in a number of urban clusters, in the south, east and west
  • Wealth is collected in a few other places - isolated capitals and mini-clusters stretching from Morocco down to Angola
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Bill and Melinda Gates to pay off Nigeria’s $76 million polio debt

Nigeria, which accounted for more than half of all polio cases in 2012, reported zero new cases of the infectious disease in 2017. 

UNICEF health consultant Hadiza Waya (R) tries to immunize a child during a vaccination campaign against polio in northwest Nigeria. (Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

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Did Modern Humans Come from China as Much as from Africa?

A reappraisal of the Chinese Dali skull suggest a more prominent role for China in early human history.

The Dali skull. (Photo: Wu, Athreya, et al.)

A nearly complete human skull was found in Dali County of Shaanxi Province, China in 1978. A recent reappraisal of the skull has led some scientists to a hypothesis which, if proven true, turns the accepted history of early Homo sapiens upside-down.

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