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An embattled President - how long can he hold on? 

By: Denis Worrall     25th February 2010 It was Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson who first said that "a week is a long time in politics". What he meant is that politics is full of the... 

ANC must lay down the law on business interests or it will lose our confidence 

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      24th February 2010 According to the ANC, its Youth League president, Julius Malema has ‘broken no law' by tendering for state contracts and in so doing becoming a... 

Is Niger’s Military Coup Merely Countering a Constitutional One?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      24th February 2010 The army has stepped in, according to the putsch-leaders to "end the political crisis" that has been unfolding in Niger since August 2009. This was... 

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Trading Public Knowledge for Private Gain: Is the Revolving Door Spinning out of Control? 

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      23rd February 2010 Current debates on ethics in public life often overlook an important area of activity that provides numerous opportunities for unethical conduct by... 

The Paradox of peak oil  

By: Saliem Fakir     19th February 2010 The paradox is simply: the lesser of a thing, the more there will be of it. An oil peak implies that the production peak will occur when about half... 

South Africa is vulnerable to global financial jitters

By: Seeraj Mohamed     19th February 2010 The big news over the past few weeks has been sovereign debt and the poor economic health of countries such as Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. 

Kenya’s Government of National Unity About To Collapse?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      17th February 2010 The bubble has burst. Kenya's government of national unity is about to unravel. The ongoing power play between the two principles concerning the... 

AU’s Call to ICC States Parties to Safeguard Africa’s Interests Welcomed

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      16th February 2010 The decisions of the recent 14th African Union (AU) summit held in Addis Ababa from 25 January - 2 February 2010 on the International Criminal... 

Access to Information Laws are Essential for Active Citizenship 

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      15th February 2010 Information is like water - it flows until it is blocked. One of the most promising ways to overcome blockages and to increase the flow of... 

Sex, Wives and the Nation

By: Adam Habib     15th February 2010 Last week's presidential affair detracted from this week's state of the nation address. Herein lays the tragedy of President Zuma's behavior.... 

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