Category: South Africa

Adri Nieuwhof: Israel treats prisoners worse than apartheid

The situation of the Palestinian prisoners reminds the older generation in South Africa of their past

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Patrick Bond: South Africa: Mass protests

On South Africa’s political left, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party dominated recent news by leading a mass march on President Jacob Zuma’s office in Pretoria

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Patrick Bond: Demanding Zuma’s Resignation

ANC’s leadership called into question as Zuma’s corruption ridden Presidency is headed to an end, who will lead the country next?

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Patrick Bond: South Africa labeled ‘junk’

Will Cabinet shake-up and credit rating downgrade shift ruling-party ideology?

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Patrick Bond: BRICS Dashing Green-Developmental Hopes?

Will the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc ever really challenge the world financial order? The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) leadership is meeting in New Delhi from 31 March to 2 April with a degree of fanfare unmatched by accomplishments. It is a good moment to assess progress since the BRICS Summit in 2013 when rumour Read more…

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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…

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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…

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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

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