By Mukoni Ratshitanga|November 15, 2013|Johannesburg |Twitter: @MukoniR On the 1st of June 1919, a Sudanese and African patriot, Mohammad Amin Hodeib, was sentenced to three years imprisonment “for attempting to excite feelings of disaffection to the [British colonial] Government … by means of a speech delivered by you in the Omdurman mosque.” Throughout the three … More The DA, redressing the legacy of apartheid, The Law of the Elephants and the Justice of Monkeys
On September 27th, Centre for Conflict Resolution’s Dr. Adekeye Adebajo wrote a critical appraisal of former President Mbeki’s article: “The African Union at 10 years old: A Dream Deferred” which appeared in last month’s edition of The Thinker magazine. The response, entitled: “Is Mbeki correct to declare the AU a failure?” and published in the … More Adebajo on Mbeki – Criticism which reinforces Africa’s subordinate position in global affairs
The Sudan – South Sudan Agreement Brief Account and Emerging Lessons from an African-led Conflict Resolution Exercise Since the beginning of September, Addis Ababa’s Sheraton Hotel has been home to several Ministers and senior officials of the governments of Sudan and South Sudan. The month-long stay adjourned today with the signing by Presidents Salva Kiir … More The Sudan – South Sudan Agreement Brief Account and Emerging Lessons from an African-led Conflict Resolution Exercise
It is commonly held that foreign policy is an extension of a country’s domestic policy. Small wonder then that it is hotly contested as domestic policy. States endeavour to protect their sovereignty and territorial integrity, promote their economic well-being and national image, among others. Foreign policy is therefore nothing but the name we give for … More Trim the “fat” but that’s not our principal foreign policy strategic challenge
Recently, the Tshwane Metro changed 27 street names in the capital city, Pretoria. Some of the new names include: Oliver Tambo, Lilian Ngoyi, Sisulu, Stanza Bopape, Justice Mohammed and Steve Biko, amongst others. Brandon Topham, the DA leader in the Tshwane Metro, was quoted in the media expressing delight that the ANC was not pursuing … More Name Changes, Restorations and Racism
REUEL KHOZA’s recent comments in the NEDBANK Chairman Report have ignited a flame of familiar rhetoric. But does he not have a right to express his view? Does the ANC, government or anyone else for that matter have a right to respond in critical appraisal? If Khoza has no right to express his views, on … More Reuel Khoza, the ANC & our Democracy
The historian, Eric Hobsbawm, once wrote that: “It is hard to think of any of the great formative economists who was not deeply committed politically, for the same reason that it is hard to think of any great medical scientist who was not deeply committed to curing human sickness.” Hobsbawm was echoing an observation earlier … More OF BRICbats and CRABtraps – Take what you read with a grain of salt.