Category: South Africa

Patrick Bond: In South Africa, entering stage left: Jacob Zuma’s ‘Radical Economic Transformation’ alternative factoids

  South Africa’s two main warring political blocs – the forces of Fiscal Patronage (‘Zuptas!’ in local parlance, referring to the immigrant Gupta family’s curious influence over the president’s family and government) versus the forces of Fiscal Prudence (‘Treasury neoliberals!’ to critics) – are still represented by two men who have begun to stumble on Read more…

Patrick Bond: Will Washington’s new pro-Moscow, anti-Beijing gang drive a wedge through the BRICS in 2017?

Many societies’ resistance politics reflects a much broader, deeper capacity to link up than ever before: within the BRICS, the US and internationally

Piero Gleijeses: In fighting against apartheid, Cuba defended “the most beautiful cause of mankind”

The passing of Fidel Castro at 90 years of age provided opponents of the Cuban Revolution with an opportunity to pick up their ideological mantra in favour of some abstract notion of democracy, while ignoring the Revolution’s social achievements and human development. But Cuba’s foreign policy has also been of a remarkable consistency, and its Read more…

Patrick Bond: South Africa’s junk credit rating was avoided, but at the cost of junk analysis

The only reasonable solution is progressive delinking from the circuits of world finance through which these agencies accumulate their unjustified power

Thapelo Mohapi: Popular Democratic Power is the Way to Challenge Inequality

The movement is a space where the dignity of impoverished people is recognised

Patrick Bond: South Africa’s deprivations and depravations revealed in Jacob Zuma’s meltdown

The ongoing prolific protests by opposition parties, university students, communities and labour, remains on the horizon as the political dust refuses to settle

Patrick Bond: BRICS fantasies and unintended revelations: The wages of sub-imperial assimilation

With men at the BRICS helm like Serra and his president Michel Temer (who is also corrupt and widely despised), so too has the bloc become damaged goods

Ben Morken: South Africa: Rising anger as mass student protests return

On Tuesday, September 20, mass student protests erupted across the country after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities can raise tuition fees by up to 8% next year

Libby Lunstrum: Militarizing game parks and marketing wildlife are unsustainable strategies

CITES comes to South Africa

Luke Sinwell: The Spirit of Marikana

The rise of insurgent trade unionism in South Africa — an excerpt

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