Category: South Africa

Patrick Bond: China Sucked Deeper into World Financial Vortex, as BRICS Sink

Could Beijing adopt an anti-imperial currency policy – or next week, will it become a tighter sub-imperial ally of Western financiers?

Ted Hesson: Haven’t heard about South Africa’s gripping protests?

An amazing thing happened in South Africa this month when the government tried to raise university tuition. Students fought back. And they won.

Patrick Bond: South African Student Protests

Students fought back against proposed tuition hikes – and won

Mikaela Erskog: South African students rise up to demand free education

In the biggest protests since the end of apartheid, students have shut down universities and forced the government to abandon a planned tuition hike

Patrick Bond: Can World’s Worst Case of Inequality be Fixed by Pikettian Posturing?

Entering South Africa this week, stage left, is the celebrated economist Thomas Piketty, whose ideas are already much used and abused

Patrick Bond: South Africa’s Deal with the Devil, Revisited

New controversy emerges over Mandela’s ‘Faustian Pact’ with world capital

Patrick Bond: Resource-Cursed South Africa Suffers More Mining Massacres

From Marikana to mineral price crash and jobs meltdown

J.J. Goldberg: “We’ll die for this land”: when slum dwellers revolt

South African media often depict poor black protesters as angry and irrational. Supporting their struggle requires challenging this discursive trope

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: Unionists Try to Save South Africa From Becoming a Failed State

This interview takes place in the aftermath of the South African government release of the investigation into the Marikina massacre in which 34 platinum mine workers, protesting low wages and environmentally unsafe conditions were killed by police.

Patrick Bond: Gaming, Naming and Shaming ‘Licit Financial Flows’

Retreat of foreign investment from Africa means less looting

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