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Latest Raymond Suttner

Mandela in Cuba

Raymond Suttner

When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, he asked me to write his speeches. At one point, Thabo Mbeki and myself were both designated... 

Latest Ebrahim Fakir

Why we need electoral reform and what it might look like?

Politics 360 - Ebrahim Fakir

Governance and regulatory architectures ought not to be chopped and changed for their own sake. And certainly not too frequently. Except in... 

Latest Econ3x3

New opportunities for South African agriculture: the African Continental Free Trade Area


The new African Free Continental Trade Area phases out 90% of tariffs on all goods traded between African Union member states over a 5 to 10 year... 

Latest Institute for Security Studies

Democracy in Chad takes a back seat to military might

Institute for Security Studies

After the sudden death of Idriss Déby Itno on 20 April, the Transitional Military Council (TMC) led by his 37-year-old son, Lieutenant General... 

Latest South African Institute of International Affairs

Independent candidates can reignite youth participation

South African Institute of International Affairs

The month of April marked 27 years since South Africa's first democratic national elections on 27 April 1994. This was the genesis of the country's... 

Latest Real Economy

Questionable motives


There is little doubt that many South Africans still have a great, albeit idealised, affection for Cuba, despite its many social, political and... 

Latest Saliem Fakir

Climate finance and the political economy of finance


In his book, Feline Philosophy, which is about what cats can teach humans, John Gray points us to a few lessons. One of these is pertinent to what... 

Latest The Conversation

Moving US Africa Command to Africa will not solve the continent's security issues

The Conversation

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has asked the United States to move its military headquarters overseeing Africa to the continent, from... 

Other Opinions

Top official gets it wrong: Kenya nowhere near seventh in world for Covid-19 vaccination

Other Opinions

Amid concerns about vaccine hesitancy in Kenya, on 4 May 2021 the government said it had administered jabs to 887 000 people, two months into its... 

Latest Aubrey Matshiqi

The Health of the People Must be the Supreme Law

Political Insight - Aubrey Matshiqi

Cicero, the highly gifted orator and lawyer - he of the heydays of the Roman Empire, once argued that the health of the people, the health of... 

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