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Somaliland Elections - Fifth Time Lucky?

By: South African Institute of International Affairs      7th October 2009 Last week the citizens of Somaliland were due to have elected their president for the next five years. However, they did not get to the polls,... 

African Opposition Parties Have Their Share of the Blame

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      7th October 2009 The end of the Cold War led to or coincided with the establishment or re-introduction of multiparty political systems across Africa. In the early... 

Containing Dirty Diamond Dealings in Zimbabwe: Can the Kimberley Process do it Alone?

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      1st October 2009 According to research by US-based policy analyst, Taya Weiss, “trillions of dollars are siphoned through lawful and unlawful transactions involving... 

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The Africa South America Summit, 27-28 September 2009

By: South African Institute of International Affairs      1st October 2009 The second Africa South America summit, hosted by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela formed the third part of a triangle of events, starting with... 

Police Fetishism, Inequality and a Culture of Violence

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      1st October 2009 On the 14th of September, members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) killed six alleged would-be cash heist robbers in a shootout in... 

Informed citizens are empowered to participate

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      1st October 2009 Last year, information came to light that the Kenyan parliament, one of the few in Africa that has complete control over its own budget, paid its... 

Job losses, financial 
distress and poor policies

By: Seeraj Mohamed     25th September 2009 South Africa has suffered huge job losses since the beginning of 2008. Many of these job losses may be due to the global financial crisis. 

US War on Terror: Failing Somalia and its Best Chance for Peace

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      23rd September 2009 Three days after the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the US launched an airstrike in Somalia that killed a wanted Al-Qaeda... 

Considering the framework for policy and delivery in SA - the NPC and more

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      23rd September 2009 Since President Jacob Zuma announced a restructured Cabinet shortly after the April election, the future functions of government have remained... 

Climate Change Crisis: Confronting Development Aspirations

By: ISS, Institute for Security Studies      23rd September 2009 In the past week, the South African government made statements pledging its commitment to a fair deal being signed at the UN climate talks in... 

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