Stories written by Christi van der Westhuizen

Q&A: Defining – and Defying – the ‘Most Proper Way’ to be Sexual

"The Prize and The Price - Shaping Sexualities in South Africa" is the first book of its kind in South Africa to unpack the ideology behind the enforcement of "acceptable" versions of sex, gender and sexuality.

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Q&A: Civil Society to Lose Major Supporter

Human rights and democracy are causes that are never completely won, which is why civil society needs the support of philanthropists.

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Q&A: Africans Won’t Just Be on Receiving End of Arts and Culture

Global initiatives have in recent years stressed the contribution that arts and culture can make to development. This has led African and European artists, bureaucrats and policy makers to increasingly confront the unequal relations in North-South cultural and artistic exchanges.

Gyekye Tanoh: As long as there is resistance, there is hope. Credit:  Christi van der Westhuizen/IPS

Q&A: ‘Africa Should Rebuild Domestic Markets to Address Crisis’

Despite the global economic crisis, the world's elites will only "tinker" with the world's markets and financial systems and not bring about the fundamental shifts that are required, says Gyekye Tanoh of the Africa Trade Network.

ECONOMY-AFRICA: Deny Neoliberal Consensus

Africa should ‘‘deny consensus'' at multilateral level to ensure that the region's interests are taken seriously, says Professor Patrick Bond speaking on how Africa should approach this week's high-level United Nations' meeting on the global economic crisis.

SOUTH AFRICA: Election Will Not Bring an End to Political Turmoil

South Africa's fourth democratic election will not bring an end the political turmoil that has beset the country since 2007 when former president Thabo Mbeki suspended the country's head of public prosecutions and was replaced by Jacob Zuma as leader of the ruling ANC.

Alice Nkom: Lack of tolerance for diversity is one of the causes of terrorism. Credit:

Q&A: Fighting to Free Those Found ‘‘Guilty’’ of Homosexuality

In 2003, Alice Nkom made a decision that has put her on a collision course with the police, prosecutors and judges of Cameroon. Nkom, who has been a barrister at the Cameroonian Bar for 40 years, was chatting with some young men whom she considers her own children.